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post #1 of 6 Old 04-27-2009, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Another chain adjustment mystery

Over the weekend I adjusted my chain for the first time. It had about 1.5 inches of slack and I corrected it to about 1 inch.

After about 10-20 miles of riding, I checked it again today. The slack is back to 1.5 inches. The adjustment markings at the axle are still where I left them after adjustment.

What does this mean? The bike has only about 2000 miles on it.

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A chain needs more adjustment at the beginning of its life and at the end. It will calm down.

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It means the chain warmed-up and expanded. Let it cool off again and check it...
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Yeah the chain is still quite new, and the last measurement was cold. I adjusted it again and will keep an eye on it. Thanks for all the replies.

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+1 on the warm chain vs. cold chain. Also it makes a difference if you check it on the side stand vs. up on the center stand. You should check it while it's resting on the side stand.

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The cheap stock chain has a fairly low tensile strength compared to a quality chain. It is a rubber band. Expect to adjust it often if you like to twist the throttle. Also, all chains have a tight spot. Elevate the rear wheel and turn it to find where it is the tightest. Leave it where it's tightest and then lower it onto the sidestand to adjust it. I suggest putting some anti-seize lube on the axle and torque it to 62 ft. lbs. This will help your axle last longer by preventing thread galling.

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