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post #1 of 5 Old 01-05-2006, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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chain adjustment on center stand

hi folks. just need a refresher on chain adjustment. how does one go about the adjustment with a center stand. i know i read it here somewhere but i can^t seem to find it now. my wee strom is a delight for an old guy to have and i want to take care of some of the minor stuff myself.
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-05-2006, 11:20 AM
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chain adjustment on center stand

someone with more experience than me should respond but here goes: the manual says to adj on side stand, but other threads i've read here say with strom doesnt make much dif.. take cotter pin out of rear wheel nut, loosen nut, loosen 12mm (?) retainer nut on swing arm on both sides of wheel and adj 10mm bolt equally on ea. side paying attention to hash marks on swing arm. measure tension of chain midway between front and rear sprocket with metal straight ruler by pushing up on belly of chain while measuring with ruler. need something like 1 1/4 " of slack, don't remember the mm conversion, look it up to be certain but that's close in inches. make adj with 10mm bolt then secure locking nut 12mm on both sides. torque axle nut to about 72.5 ft/lb (again look up in manual for confirmation) and replace cotter pin withnew one. recheck chain tension after riding. no warranties expressed or implied with my info. good luck! jet

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post #3 of 5 Old 01-05-2006, 01:22 PM
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Here's my notes on it:

Chain Inspection and adjustment:

tools: 10mm, 12mm, 24mm, torque wrench (72.5 ft lbs), tape measure & pin

1. Clean chain.

2. Loosen the axle nut just enough to maintain some pressure on the assembly so the right side of the axle can be moved with some effort.

3. Adjust left side adjuster for chain slack desired. I use 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inches when on the centerstand with tire off the ground (20-30mm on kickstand).

4. Rotate the tire in the forward travel direction 5-6 revolutions while watching the sprocket inside the chain. You are shooting for the sprocket to stay centered in the chain while rotating. Test by moving the chain back and forth by hand after rotation stops. Adjust right side adjuster, kick or hammer tire forward so there is no slack in the adjusters and rotate again. Check for proper chain slack when centering adjustment completed. Adjust & repeat as necessary. Alignment marks should come close to matching.

5. Tighten axle nut and recheck alignment and slack.

Chain Stretch.

Count out 21 pins. Over this distance it should measure under 12.6"
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-05-2006, 01:40 PM
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And remember, the slack is end-to-end, not 1 1/4" down and then 1 1/4" up etc.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-05-2006, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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thanks ever so much for the quick reply to my question. i now have a print out in my binder and can feel a little more sure of myself when wrenching time arrives. i do appreciate the wealth of knowledge on this site and look forward to many miles of happy riding on my wee.

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