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Old 06-24-2007, 02:14 PM   #1
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Chain Tension...

Well guys,
Last night after we went for a ride to allen parkway and around westheimer, i noticed when i was pushing the bike in the garage that the chain sounded like it was dragging or kinda catching on something on spots. It didnt do it everytime i would roll it back and forth but it would every once in awhile. I thought maybe something was loose but everything seemed to be tight. I checked my sprockets and stuff just to be sure and didnt look like any problem. I did notice that one of my chain tension adjustment screws was loose (the 2 nuts were on the same side against each other) so i loosened everything up, sprayed WD40 and wiped the chain down and im going to set it perfect and tighten it back down and lube it up.

I did a search but nothing came up as far as an exact amount of slack it should have and i cant find my owners manuel since we have been moving everything around here at my house. It has 745 miles on it now.

Soo... whats the right amount of slack the chain should have? Im assuming 1" but i want to be sure.

LMK guys! Thanks!
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Old 06-24-2007, 02:54 PM   #2
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Go to the next Motorcycles Unlimited basic maintenance class. Patrick will show you how.
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Old 06-24-2007, 03:06 PM   #3
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I was asking for the amount of slack it should have. I know how to do it.
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this may help.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPzveH80rrY FFWD to 3:12
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Old 06-24-2007, 03:10 PM   #5
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Lol. He doesnt even say how much... He just says "slap, slap, slap, that looks about right".

I guess i should ask though, what is the proper torque for the 07 zx10r axel nut? Man, i gotta find that owners manuel. Until then, i need yalls help. lol
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Tighten your chain.

Sit on the bike so that you weight the suspension.
Reach down on your left and check the freeplay in the middle part of the chain. You want about one half an inch up or down (at the bottom in the middle part of the chain). Any more than that will be a sloppy, jerky ride.

I hope this helps.
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Lol! Thanks man! I think i can tackle this small task but ill still buy you a shiner sometime...

I just wanted to make sure i dont put it too tight because i know it can damage the counter shaft.
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look at 4:38....

"in general an inch to inch and a half is enough"
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I know you're asking for the amount of slack and axle torque specific for your bike. I've seen the amount vary depending upon the bike. For example 1" is good for mine with no rider... 1.5" is too much. I know some sports bikes generally recommend you have the rider's weight on the bike when adjusting the tension. (That's got to be hard to do by yourself.) My bike's adjustment is based upon the weight of the bike only.

If no one here provides it, see if you can find a ZX10 board. Hopefully someone there will have the exact specs you're looking for.
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1-1/4" to 1-1/2" total slack, up and down.
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Ok cool. I just finished messin with it and it was at 1" but ill loosen it a bit. And you always measure from the bottom in the middle right?

The top always seems snug with just a little play but im assuming thats normal as long as the bottom slack is adjusted properly.
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Old 06-24-2007, 05:13 PM   #13
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Alright, got it to about 1 1/4 when i push it with a little pressure so im sure thats good. Im sure after i ride to galveston and back right now it will be a little more loose after heating up and being ridden on a bit.

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most people run the chain too tight which causes heat and premature wear and stretching.

Remember - as a general rule for chains, a little loose is better than a little tight.
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Yeah, I know its safer to be loose than tight but when I left my house yesterday, it had about 1.25" of total slack pushing it all the down to all the way up. I rode to kemah and when we stopped at the hooters I checked it with my fingers and it seemed like it had even got a little more slack since the ride started and I was just riding normal. I guess that's normal though. I'm just gonna keep an eye on it cause I know chains stretch a bit when they are brand new so ill just make sure its not too loose or too tight.

Thanks for the help fellas!
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