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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-07-2005, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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chain tension question

i have a 1995 Suzuki GS500E (for sale by the way, $2500 OBO)... i noticed a whirring noise and realized my chain was pretty loose. i see the threaded bolts at the ends of the swingarm forks to move the wheel unit forward or backward. how much tension should there be on the chain when i'm done? should it be completely taught? or how much should it move up from resting position? thanks
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You need about 1/2 inch of slack. Make sure its not to tight when you set on it. Recheck the wheel alignment after you get the axel tight.

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I would say between .5" and 1". Most people keep theirs too tight. This can cause what appears to be the rear suspension bottoming out but can actually be the chain going taught. You can also check your owners manual.




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glad you asked, because having the chain too tight is way dangerous and will mess things up.
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glad you asked, because having the chain too tight is way dangerous and will mess things up.
It eats sprockets!

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It eats sprockets!
and also you can snap your chain.
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