Re: chain adjustment
A shop checked your alignment but didn't notice the chain was loose or missaligned?
Have you got a manual?
If you don't want to be taking it to the dealer then it makes sense to get yourself a manual.
To adjust the chain you need to turn the wheel slowly while checking the tension in the bottom run of the chain until you find the tightest point in the chain. If it's really loose you might have to adjust it first to get it tight enough to check it. If the sprocket teeth are badly worn you need new chain and sprockets. If the chain is badly worn you may find it still hits the swingarm in places even when correctly tensioned.
If the chain is filthy clean it first with some kerosene or WD-40 and wipe it dry with rag.
Loosen the axle nut.
Loosen the axle adjuster lock nuts.
Turn each adjusting bolt the same number of turns to push the axle backwards to tighten the chain.
When the chain is tight enough that it doesn't hit the swingarm, rotate the wheel until you find the tightest point in the chain.
Adjust the adjusting bolts until you have _that_ point set to the minimum chain tension. Rotate the wheel again to ensure it isn't too tight anywhere else.
Make sure both chain adjuster blocks are in the same position in the swingarm. The most accurate is to measure from the centre of the swingarm pivot to the centre of the axle on both sides but there are also marks cast into the swingarm near the adjusters.
Tighten the locknuts and then the axle nut and check the tension hasn't changed.
Ride around the block to dry and warm the chain and then lube it and let it sit for fifteen minutes for the lube to soak in.
If the chain is wearing as you say but isn't badly aligned then you need to check the wheel spacers. I think the 12mm one is on the LHS and the 13.5mm on the RHS but check the manual or parts fiche.
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Last edited by bladeracer; 07-29-2008 at 2:05 PM.