Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Courtice ontario canada
Arkie; The 2004 dl650 owner's manual says to adjust the chain to allow 20-30 mm (.78-1.2 in.) of travel in the chain at the mid point between sprockets on the lower run of chain. (that means from the highest point you can cause it to go with with one finger to the lowest point. Notice that there are marks on the swing arm to assist you to keep the sprockets aligned. Retorque for the axel nut is listed at 72.5 foot pounds, but stromtroopers generally agree that 66 fp is enough. I can't see why it would be different for a dl1000. To check the chain you need a lot of slack in it, so do that before you set it to speck. Just feel along the chain for any point where the chain won't bend easily and then straighten out on it's own. This is a sign of an individual bearing failing. This will among other things ruin the sprockets. With regard to the sprockets, they should all look the same shape on both sides of their points (Symetrical and not hooked). If there is 15000 or so on the bike a check should be made of the front sprocket to see it has not become all gummed up with old lube and road dirt.
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