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Old 05-10-2013, 04:55 AM   #1
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Chain Tensioner Tool?

A while back I was watching someone tighten their chain on a japenese dual-sport bike with this style of tensioner (#24 or #29 in pic).

The tool was like a wrench that grabbed th nub on the tensioner, and rather effortlessly click it up a tooth. I wish had I asked him who made it, or where he got it. It's got to better than the screwdriver and hammer method.

So, anybody got intel on the tensioner tool?
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:11 AM   #2
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When you loosen the axle nut, the entire axle/wheel assembly should be so loose, that you just scoot the rear wheel back a little and advance the snail adjuster one click, then kinda hit the rear of the tire to scoot everything back forward/tight. I always would use a Sharpie to mark the original position on the snail cam. If you are having to use a hammer to move the snail adjuster one click, something is too tight on your bike.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:34 PM   #3
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I believe the tool you are looking for is an "adjustable hook spanner wrench"
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:28 PM   #4
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Using chain tension to hold snail adjuster in place

Set the adjusters as described above. Put a small punch in the back sprocket btwn chain. Rotate the wheel back til it tensions the chain on adjusters and tighten the axle bolt.
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