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Old 05-27-2010, 10:34 AM   #1
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Chain/rear tire not spinning freely

I was having the issue of my chain keep coming loose, ever 3 days. Well after about 3 time of tighting it up started to make some weird noises. Now if you jack bike up and put in neutral and just spin it by hang, it spin ok and then kinda of tightens up and then repeats. Any clue, any mechanics out in humble/kingwood area.

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Old 05-27-2010, 10:37 AM   #2
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Are the adjusters all the way out?
Most chains have a spot where they pull tighter when spinning, especially older chains. Probably time for a new chain and sprockets. Also check that the adjusters are the same number or marks on each side. Check your wheels bearings. Chains arent all that complicated, you shouldnt have to go to a mechanic. Oh and post some pics of the lovely lady in your avatar for more advice
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:39 AM   #3
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You can overtighten a chain. You have to have some slack in the chain tension. My rule of thumb is roughly a centimeter of play in the chain up and down in between the sprockets. What kind of condition are you chain and sprockets in?
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Old 05-27-2010, 11:24 AM   #4
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sounds like the chain is trashed
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Old 05-27-2010, 11:33 AM   #5
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sounds like the chain is trashed
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No way it should need to be tightened that often. You most likely have tight spots in the chain.
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:35 AM   #7
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Yup yup about the trash part ..I had an issue with my chain doing some loud crackl'n noises ..it was my POS old chain
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O-ring chains should be lubricated every 600 miles properly w cleaning off the old grease and providing new grease from the inside out.

w the rear wheel lifted, check and make sure there is approx 1" of free movement in the chain between sprockets. But dont just check in one spot, spin the tire and keep checking.

move the links and see if any are binding.

you can measure rivot-to-rivot per section depending on chain dimension and look for stretching.

Sounds like your chain is stretching. My oem didnt last long and the new one hasnt stretched at all in the last 4k miles.
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x10 on trashed chain or bent wheel or sprocket but if ya do the chain do the sprockets as well...
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BTW - if your chain is trashed (x11) and it sounds as bad as you say you should probably check your sprockets too. Probably junk. Also, your cush-drive may be squashed and too soft. I've heard it called by different names. It's the rubber part(s) in the rear hub.
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yep what everyone else said....had the same thing happen to mine. i had kinks in spots so when in neutral the tire would completely stop. would also tighten it all the time for it to only get real loose right away. got a new chain and sprocket and it was all good .
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Don't forget wheel bearings. I thought i had a chain and sprocket issue and it turned out to be trashed bearings.
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