Howdy - long-time reader, first time question-asker.
I've got a DL-650A K9 (woof!) that I got in March. I'm still new to the world of chain maintenance, as my previous bike was belt-driven. I've done a couple of chain adjustments, but I run into difficulties with that big bolt on the right side of the rear axle. In previous years, I believe there was a cotter pin used to retain the bolt. But my bike has no pin, and no apparent place to put one. Here's a look:
See - no cotter pin. But there are a couple of funny-looking little flanges inside that bolt. See if you can see them in this close-up:
The owner's manual says to loosen than bolt prior to adjusting the chain. But it's REALLY tight - like stand-on-the-end-of-my-big-crescent-wrench tight. So I've taken to loosening the OTHER side - the left side - which looks like this:
It's tight, but nothing compared to the right side. Once loosened, I can adjust the chain and torque it all back down (I've been torquing that left bolt to 65 ft/lbs, per suggestions on this forum that the Suzuki 72-something spec is too tight).
So... What's the deal with that right-hand bolt? Are those mysterious flanges some sort of built-in locking mechanism? Is my lefty-loosey method OK? And if/when I ever have to remove that bolt (for tire changes, etc.) will I have any trouble getting it back together? Should I dab some anti-seize in there? (I do realize that the left bolt is threaded into the right one)
Thanks in advance for your collective wisdom. In exchange for your knowledge, I plan to post a super-easy method to attach & remove those pesky centerstand springs.