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Old 04-26-2007, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok guys Have a quick question that i need answered kinda fast leaving for hatfield at 4:30am on thursday. My buddy was going through the quads making sure everything was good, he adjusted my chain for me said there was about an inch of slack maybe alittle less. From what i gathered from him he put it in gear pushed it forward only loosened the "top" bolt where the adjustment he put about a turn on the rear adjustment plate bolt and tightned everything down to around 1/4in. When i read through the "how to section" it said to loosen both top and bottom carrier bolts he said he didnt see anything on the bottom that would do anything with the adjustment. The slide bracket from what he said is almost pushed all the way forward . Basicly i just want to make sure he didnt screw up, and my tranny locks up in the middle of nowhere. Also does anyone have a picture of the bolt? Im flying back in from overseas and cant get to the quad in time until we get to hatfield so any info would be great so he can wrench it before we roll.

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Old 04-26-2007, 12:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You shoud be fine. The bottom bolt is the pivot point. So you can move the top once it is loosened with the back adjuster bolt, but it will move harder if the bottom is not loosened. I would check the torque though on that bottom bolt if he was able to adjust the chain easily without loosening the bottom bolt.

Also while there check the torque on the 4 bolts holding on the rear sprocket. These have a very nasty habit of loosening for some reason, even with locktite.

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Pivot bolts 30 ft/lbs
chain adjusting bolt 20 ft/lbs
Rear sprocket bolts 26 ft/lbs
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In order to properly adjust the chain, you need to loosen both the top and bottom bolts. Next you put the quad in gear and roll it forward until the lower portion of the chain is tight.

To check the tension you place your fingers on the top of the chain, move it up and down, and there should be between 1/4-3/8 inch of slack.

To tighten the chain you turn the bolt on the rear(center) of the frame in as needed.

Torque the pivot mounting bolts to 30 ft lbs.

Torque the chain adjusting bolt to 20 ft lbs.
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I agree to properly adjust the chain you should loosen both bolts, but in his case since it was done without loosening the bottom his concern was did it screw anything up.

The bottom bolt is the pivot point. The bottom bolt fits tight in the housing. The rear assembly does not slide forward or back on the bottom bolt, it only pivots there. It slides forward or back off of the top bolt as you can see by the elongated opening that the top bolt goes through.
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