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post #1 of 16 Old 05-07-2005, 08:22 PM
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I'm having real problems aligning my chain.

This is only the second time I've done this on the Strom, and it's
turning out to be just a huge a headache as the first.

I'm using the "race bike" method where you tweak the adjusters, then
spin the tire 3-4 times, and then verify alignment by checking
sprocket spacing in the links at the rear of the tire.

Thing is, after a gazillion iterations of this, I just can't seem to
get it aligned. Tweak one way just a touch, it's too far over to one
side. Then tweak back, and it's too far on the other side. Many times,
part of the chain will be too far left, while another part of the
chain will be too far right - regardless of the number of spins.

Then, to top it all off, as soon as I torque up the nut, it shifts
again, somewhat unpredictably. I've had to re-loosen the thing so
many frigging times I'm about to lose my mind.

What's the deal here? Should I be doing the adjustment with the nut
totally loose? Partially loose? How anal should I be about the
alignment of the sprockets.

Argh! This is driving me crazy!
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-07-2005, 09:03 PM
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Never heard of doing it this way.
Can't see this working. Too many variables. Sprockets are not always perfectly flat etc.
There are various other ways.
I always used the alignment marks that everyone says are not accurate.
Never had a problem.

Try this link for one method.
Mike

http://bikepoint.ninemsn.com.au/port...opDefault.aspx

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post #3 of 16 Old 05-08-2005, 12:52 AM
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Quote:
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Never heard of doing it this way.
Can't see this working. Too many variables. Sprockets are not always perfectly flat etc.
There are various other ways.
I always used the alignment marks that everyone says are not accurate.
Never had a problem.

Try this link for one method.
Mike

http://bikepoint.ninemsn.com.au/port...opDefault.aspx
That's the same way I do it. Never had a issue. These aren't race bikes, not need to be so particular, IMHO.
 
post #4 of 16 Old 05-08-2005, 09:58 PM
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I seem to rember reading in motorcyclist several years back about taking a good, long, strait edge and using that on the edge of the tire. See how far from the centerline of the fron tire you are then line the strait edge up on the other side of the tire and repeat. Dind out wich side is farther off and adjust accordingly. Never done it my self, always just count the flats of the adjustment screw as I adjust my chain but seems like it would work.

Goodluck!

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post #5 of 16 Old 05-09-2005, 12:29 PM
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daveb196:

I think you are over analyzing your chain adjustment approach. There is plenty of tolerance in today's o-ring chains.

Align the hatch marks so they are even on both sides. Adjust it so the chain has at least 1/2" more play than the manual sais (causes less chain stretch and less adjustments going forward). Then tighten the axle. I have found that I may loose some play after tightening the axle. If this is the case, adjust play to compensate. Done!
post #6 of 16 Old 05-09-2005, 02:46 PM
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Get yourself one of these tools, according
to your budget and/or desire for accuracy.

http://www.speedwerks.com/catalog/c1...0s1pn1p2608np0


http://www.speedwerks.com/catalog/c1...0s1pn3p4713np0


Knowing the first one was probably good enough, I ordered
the second one in a weak and highly intense anal moment.
This did play perfectly to my tool junky habit though.



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post #7 of 16 Old 05-09-2005, 05:25 PM
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I happened to find this today while surfing. Would probably
do the same thing for less $.

http://www.appliedlaser.com/pocketlevel.htm
post #8 of 16 Old 05-09-2005, 08:13 PM
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chain links

very nice links...
do u suggest kleenlink-brand as lub?
post #9 of 16 Old 05-09-2005, 09:49 PM
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I've been using this. I like it a lot. Also
use it for other lubing applications.

http://www.progoldmfr.com/products/chainlube.html
post #10 of 16 Old 05-10-2005, 08:47 AM
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I tried messing around with strings and things... I never could make it work.

Then I learned this method

This is how I do it now, works GREAT

http://www.ducatitech.com/info/wheelchange.html

See steps 11, 12, 13 and 14

Straight edge on the rear Sprocket. Line it up on the inner edge of the chain link.

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