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Tastevodka
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PostPosted: 18:43 - 18 Jan 2017    Post subject: Are there different ways of adjusting a chain? Reply with quote

So I was talking to someone the other day about adjusting chain tension and they said what you had to do is loosen the wheel axis and move the wheel back (They were looking at my bike at the time) So I looked online on how to do it properly and it doesn't sound like at all what he was suggesting.

I have a suzuki 125 gz marauder ( I also looked online for a owners manual and couldn't find anything )
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PostPosted: 19:59 - 18 Jan 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the usual way...
Slacken the rear spindle (and torsion bar if it has a rear drum brake).
Tighten the chain adjusters (the same amount each side) a bit at a time and keep checking the chain slack.
When it's done, tighten and re-torque the spindle (and torsion bar), re-check the chain slack.
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PostPosted: 20:05 - 18 Jan 2017    Post subject: Re: Are there different ways of adjusting a chain? Reply with quote

Tastevodka wrote:
So I was talking to someone the other day about adjusting chain tension and they said what you had to do is loosen the wheel axis and move the wheel back (They were looking at my bike at the time) So I looked online on how to do it properly and it doesn't sound like at all what he was suggesting.

I have a suzuki 125 gz marauder ( I also looked online for a owners manual and couldn't find anything )


In essence what he said was correct, just lacking in detail. As above there are normally adjuster nuts at the rear of the swing arm. You slacken the axle to allow it to move then tighten up the adjuster nuts which draws the axle backwards in the swing arm, thus tightening the chain. Vice versa to loosen. You just need to make sure you tighten the adjuster nuts by the same amount on both sides (count each face of the nut as you turn it, a little at a time each side) otherwise you'll put the wheel out of alignment.
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PostPosted: 20:28 - 18 Jan 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 21:02 - 18 Jan 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help guys and clearing stuff up Very Happy
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PostPosted: 13:40 - 19 Jan 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could also try holding the back wheel still and using the adjusters to move the rest of the bike forward.

Seriously though, what meggark said. Doing it methodically is the name of the game. It's not impossible to get it back into alignment if you bollocks it up but it can be interminable, winding the nuts back and forth for hours, so tiny adjustments the same on each side is the way forward.
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PostPosted: 14:15 - 19 Jan 2017    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best way to do it is in a Workshop.
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