Adjusting Motorcycle Chains – A Basic Guide

Adjusting the chains is a grimy task. Nevertheless, you can do it in a matter of 15 minutes if you know exactly what to do.

First, you must be aware that adjusting the chains depend on the type of bike you have. Another, make sure that the rear wheel remains straight throughout the process. Aside from that, if you just want a slightly oiled chain, do not overdo it. This may drown the chain and further frustrate you.

Second, check on the chain tension. You have to line up the swingarm, front sprocket, and rear sprocket to achieve a maximum extension. However, you will not probably perfect it but plonking in the saddle is a nice start. Twist the lower run of the chain close to the middle. Fifteen to twenty millimeters is the right measurement of the slack up and down. Beyond it will be too loose and lower it will be too tight.

We have to adjust the chain to give it a natural flow. Too tight chain strains the sprockets, gearbox bearings, and itself. If you keep the chain running in that condition, it can cost you expensive damages. On the other hand, if you run it too loose, it can further cause sprocket wear or worst throwing itself off the sprockets resulting in an awful collision. It pays to have a well-adjusted chain so as to transmit the power smoothly, evens the gear changes, prolongs the chain’s life, and to secure a thrilling and exciting ride without the worry of chain discrepancy.

How do we adjust them? First, check your manuals. Adjusting them may vary depending on the bike model you have. After checking it, move the rear wheel back gradually. A millimeter or two at a time can is fine. Now, check the tension. Be careful because a small amount of rear-wheel movement can make a big difference. You must move both sides evenly. You can use as a guide the swingarm since it will be having some markings near the axle. Remember to keep it even. A word of caution though, markings may be inaccurate at times and may end up with a misaligned wheel.

To be sure always double-check the motorcycle parts. If you already have the tension right, you have to nip up all the bolts again. Greater force must be exerted on the axle bolts and axle clamps. However, adjuster screws must be treated gently. If you are unsure of what to do or what to expect, do not hesitate to ask assistance from an expert in motorcycle parts and services.

Be guided accordingly. You got to be accurate and extra careful in order to make things right and functional.