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Old 09-17-2012, 07:55 AM   #9346
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:04 AM   #9347
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check it when you're sitting on the bike, not when there's no load on the bike
No, you can do one or the other:

1. Rear suspension completely unloaded: Slack should be xxxx. 1 3/4" sounds good.

2. Suspension loaded to the point where the rear axle, swingarm pivot, and countershaft center are all in a straight line. At this point, you should have very minimal slack. This is the point of minimum chain slack.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:17 AM   #9348
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No, you can do one or the other:

1. Rear suspension completely unloaded: Slack should be xxxx. 1 3/4" sounds good.

2. Suspension loaded to the point where the rear axle, swingarm pivot, and countershaft center are all in a straight line. At this point, you should have very minimal slack. This is the point of minimum chain slack.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:27 AM   #9349
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:34 AM   #9350
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I always look at the chain tensioner when sitting on the bike. IMHO, there should be about a fingers gap between the tensioner block and the bottom of the swing arm. A very loose chain will wear out the sprockets. A very tight chain adds strain to the motor and will stretch a chain very quick. A clean chain and a proper set up is beautiful thing. Same with air filter cleaning and changing the oil a lot.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:41 AM   #9351
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No, you can do one or the other:

1. Rear suspension completely unloaded: Slack should be xxxx. 1 3/4" sounds good.

2. Suspension loaded to the point where the rear axle, swingarm pivot, and countershaft center are all in a straight line. At this point, you should have very minimal slack. This is the point of minimum chain slack.
Agreed, but my way of having him check it when he's on the bike gets him closer to 2.) than he'll get checking it off the bike if he's checking recommended minimum slack with no load on the bike.

It's a check, sitting on the bike and checking it - if it's tight as a drawstring then, it's too tight.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:20 AM   #9352
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I always look at the chain tensioner when sitting on the bike. IMHO, there should be about a fingers gap between the tensioner block and the bottom of the swing arm. A very loose chain will wear out the sprockets. A very tight chain adds strain to the motor and will stretch a chain very quick. A clean chain and a proper set up is beautiful thing. Same with air filter cleaning and changing the oil a lot.
Spoken like a KTM owner. The sticker on the swingarm says 8-10mm between the bottom of the swingarm just behind the front wear block.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:42 AM   #9353
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When changing out sprockets over the weekend, I had to eyeball it on the kickstand. Yes, I could carry another rod to prop up the bike but thought it would be fun to do it South America in the jungle style. It worked, nobody died and the chain is ok. Just don't let it slop around.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:08 PM   #9354
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:10 PM   #9355
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:37 PM   #9356
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Well.

That was different. How do you follow clowns like that?


Howdy all you Rockies peeps.
Just my occasional drop in to say hi and see what's happening all around me.

P.S. Hey Mark, I found a Garmin Nuvi in a Springs pawn shop for $20!
But it doesn't have an mp3 player. Or a FM transmitter, or movie player. :sad

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Old 09-17-2012, 09:06 PM   #9357
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I still feel bad about that one you got from me. Could you maybe put the two of them together and make one work ?????? Don't wire it backwards.

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Old 09-17-2012, 09:16 PM   #9358
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I still feel bad about that one you got from me. Could you maybe put the two of them together and make one work ?????? Don't wire it backwards.

Marc

No!

I went into (and in so doing destroyed the casing) the unit, and wow. I did find where it burned out on the power input part of the circuit board, but you need a microscope and a micro soldering iron to do any work on those internals. Tiny tiny shrunk things that look familiar, but are just too tiny to work on in a garage.

Damn that was a nice unit.

My bad.
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:32 AM   #9359
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it's been a chilly ride to work the last couple of mornings.



hope it doesn't, you know....snow or anything
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:06 PM   #9360
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This old "clock site" is 1/2 mile from the main track on the Dino Ride. Pretty cool except for the damn rattlesnakes!
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