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post #1 of 5 Old 01-26-2011, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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tightening chain ... counter-clockwise?

I need to tighten my chain . . .

Am I correct?
after loosening axle nut, turn both adj. screws in swing arm counter-clockwise to tighten ( and thereby "pulling axle back") ?

sound right?
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-26-2011, 10:49 AM
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Nope, clockwise like any other regular nut and bolt.... On an '09 Wee anyway.... Might be different for earlier years. Just put your finger on the chain while you adjust to confirm...

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post #3 of 5 Old 01-26-2011, 11:03 AM
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Tighten (clockwise)#15 and it pulls back #12. That assumes you have a 650. If you asked in the 650 forum or put your bike model in your sig, it would help. It a safe assumption for this question because the 1000 doesn't use a screw in the back.

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post #4 of 5 Old 01-26-2011, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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re: chain question

yes, thx for info
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-26-2011, 09:14 PM
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A local store used to have a sign on their door:
If that doesn't work, PULL
If that doesn't work, we're closed.

So, if you turn both adjusting screws counterclockwise the same number of turns and the chain loosens instead of tightening, reverse course.

Don't trust the axle position markings on the swing arm. Carefully sight down the chain and rear sprocket to see that the chain looks straight on the sprocket. Roll the rear wheel by hand and see that the chain isn't always on one side or the other of the sprocket. The sprocket is held in the wheel hub by rubber "absorbers" and has some play, so it won't be perfectly true.

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