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Chain Tension?

I have had two guys look at my chain and both said it was too loose. It was at the 40mm spec. I tightened to about 20mm it and now it is too tight after a ride. What kind of chain tension to you guys run on your blades? The other question I have is, when do you change your chain? Do you go by the sticker on the swing arm?
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Re: Chain Tension?

I go by the factory settings of 40 to 50mm never had an issue mind you every other bike out there is more like 25 to 35 mm of chain slack.
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Re: Chain Tension?

One of the reasons I'm looking into this is because of the noise. It's a lot quieter tight, I though for a while the noise was coming from the engine.
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Re: Chain Tension?

If it's too tight you can prematurely ruin the countershaft bearing so be careful.....
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If it's too tight you can prematurely ruin the countershaft bearing so be careful.....
That and the chain and both sprockets.
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do as per HONDA tells you dude !!!!!!


Its their baby , their years of R&D

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Re: Chain Tension?

I have about 1.75 to 2 inches of slack in my 929. I'd say it needs replacing when the sprockets look worn, or the chain has tight spots, or kinks. Or if it's too stretched out to adjust properly. I can usually get about 20k miles out of a chain and sprocket set. And yes, when you replace, replace both sprockets and the chain at the same time.
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Re: Chain Tension?

I think mine must have a tight spot cause it was clacking away as I coasted down hill broke.
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Well I guess then you found out the hard way that the chain was too tight.
Sucks to hear that. I have not yet had one break on me *knocks on wood*
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Well I guess then you found out the hard way that the chain was too tight.
Sucks to hear that. I have not yet had one break on me *knocks on wood*
I think you misunderstood. The stator quit and I was pushing it home. The chain has been making the noise all along, at first I thought it was the engine. With the engine not running there was no doubt as to the source of the noise.
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That and the chain and both sprockets.
So true but the chain and sprockets are much cheaper to replace....than that pesky bearing that requires the engine cases being split open to repair....
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Re: Chain Tension?

I did misunderstand I was thinking the noise you were describing was one commonly heard from the chain wrapped around a sprocket. Sorry to hear you had to push it home that always is hugely inconvienent. Had the fuel pump connection come loose one time on the freeway. Nothing more exciting then having the highway patrol escort you out of traffic during rush hour.

Spooky, thats very true Ive been there done that dont wish to again...
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Re: Chain Tension?

I'll be sticking to the spec'd chain tension then. Soon as I can it'll be a new chain and sprockets. Thanks to those who responded
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