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I've noticed my chain is getting broken in and has streched a little. So naturally it needs tightened, but how. I know that the rear suspension needs compressed to make the swingarm parallel to the ground and then you loosen the ecentric bolts. But do you need a special tool to turn the ecentric and how much slack should there be in the chain and where do you measure it, middle? top or bottom? Isee a lot of talk about changing sprockets and adjusting chains so I know somebody out there can help me. Thanks.
 

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You tighten up the tie down till you can draw a straight line through the Front sprocked, Swing arm pivot, and the rear sprocket.

Then you insert a punch through the rear spocket and into the small hole you will see. Then you roll the bike forward or back ward so the force of the sprocket against the punch turns the rear end till it tightens the chain.

I believe there should be 3/8" of slack. Wouldn't you know I have had the manual with me for the last month and just brought it home last night. :)

If the amount of deflection I listed is wrong someone will correct me. I have to do mine but want to grease the swing arm first so I will wait till after it comes apart and is put back together. :)

Oh and you measure it on top. :)
 

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I would say that this is right on, for most riders. But if I Give it hell. I let mine give a little more 3/4" to 1 3/4". But that is just me. Give it HELL.



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I did that and ended up loosening it before I started riding, 3/8" seems way to tight. I probably go with about an inch, in the middle of the top part of the chain with the suspension compressed, maximum deflection up and down. Dont know if its right but it seems better than 3/8
 

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Another thing that works great if you don't have a punch is a 1/4" drive extension. Fits in there like a glove with very little movement.
 

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I just use a phillips screwdriver, works great. It seems like I adjust the chain then tighten things down and it moved... loosen it up and re-tighten it then after I take it for a short ride its a slight bit looser again.
 

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Thanks for all the info everyone. I was talking with one of my friends that has been riding all sorts of Quads and dirt bikes for years and he said an inch total up and down travel should get the job done unless the manual says different
 

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One thing i do..is take a marker and make a mark on the rear housing and then on the inside of the axle so your lines match up. Then after you ride for a while, you'll be able to tell if your axle has moved any. I know its crude but it works! ;)
 
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