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post #1 of 10 Old 03-26-2011, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing Chain Adjusters on DL650

I think that I have slightly crushed my chain adjusters inside the swingarm on my DL650 because the axle nut, when tight, goes a little past the cotter pin hole.

I have bought replacement adjusters.

The bike has a center stand. If I support the back wheel with a block of wood the right thickness, will I be able to slide the axle out, change the chain adjusters, and slide the axle back in without having the spacers and anything else fall off?

I have read all the threads on removing the rear wheel, and hope that I can avoid all of the fiddling around to line everything up that falls off, because I don't actually want to remove the wheel.

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Have you or anyone else had the rear wheel off? The reason I ask is that if the spacers are put in wrong the castle nut will behave as you mention with the nut seating too far down on the axle. The wider spacer goes on the left side as I recall, and on both of them the shoulder should be to the outside.

To answer your original question, yes that will probably work fine.

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I think that I have slightly crushed my chain adjusters inside the swingarm on my DL650 because the axle nut, when tight, goes a little past the cotter pin hole.

I have bought replacement adjusters.

The bike has a center stand. If I support the back wheel with a block of wood the right thickness, will I be able to slide the axle out, change the chain adjusters, and slide the axle back in without having the spacers and anything else fall off?

I have read all the threads on removing the rear wheel, and hope that I can avoid all of the fiddling around to line everything up that falls off, because I don't actually want to remove the wheel.

Thanks
If I am understanding correctly what you are saying....the problem is not with your chain adjusters. To "crush" your chain adjusters, you are also going to have to "crush" your swingarm. I doubt that you have done that.

There should be a washer between the nut and the "plate" that rests up against the swingarm. Is the washer missing? If it is, that would be enough for the castle nut to "spin" below the cotter pin hole on your axle.

#11 is what I am talking about.

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The wheel has never been off, and all the parts including the #11 washer are in place.

I've read on another forum about somebody deforming their adjusters, so I figured I probably did the same thing to mine.

I used the torque setting in the owner's manual, and as has been stated many times, it is felt to be too high.

I haven't stripped the axle or nut threads however. It's a 2008, and from what I've read here, those axles can tolerate overtorquing better than earlier model years.

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See Black Lab's post. It also may be possible, though unlikely, for the axle to have stretched. The swingarm legs would have to collapse to damage the adjusters. If the washer is present, you can replace it with a thicker one or add one. You can also change the nut to a 2009 model that is self locking without a cotter pin. 08319-3118A is the part number. Also make sure you have the rectangular plates, numbers 14, on each side.


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I used the torque setting in the owner's manual, and as has been stated many times, it is felt to be too high.
Greywolf is correct, you may have stretched the axle.

Also, if you have torqued the rear axle, you may have deformed the swingarm.

I keep forgetting that riders actually torque their rear axle bolts. I don't and never have. I feel that this is one of the fasteners where a "commonsense tight" is required.

"Snugged up", (and the axle doesn't need to be "humming tight", or "lugnut tight"), the axle and rear wheel isn't going to go anywhere; it can't.

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post #7 of 10 Old 01-29-2012, 04:00 PM
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so what i'm seeing is # 15 should be on the bottom , my left side is on the bottom however the right side is on the top after changing tire, will it still work.
it seems to
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It will work either way. I would want both sides the same but I don't think it would make a difference.

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post #9 of 10 Old 01-29-2012, 04:49 PM
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thats good to know ,thats a beast to get together i had to put the axle in at the right side and the ret washers from r to l thanks. grey..
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Just how much friggin' torque would he have had to apply to stretch the axle?

He must be a gorilla.






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