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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-20-2011, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Chain Tension

I have a 98 vulcan 500. Didn't come with a book. Ordered one but they are saying it won't be in for another two weeks. My chain has some serious slack so it needs adjusted before I go for another ride. But the weather is SO nice right now! Could some please do a quick write up on how to adjust my chain so I don't have to wait two weeks and miss out on this gorgeous weather?!?
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-20-2011, 02:35 PM
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Chain 'slack' is 1" - 1 1/4". (25-35mm) I measure at the bottom for easy access to the chain.

I adjust the chain on my 1997 this way:

Rest the machine on its sidestand. Put transmission in Neutral.

Loosen the torque arm nut. Save cotter pin. If cotter pin is too damaged to reuse replace it!

Loosen the axle nut. Save cotter pin. If cotter pin is too damaged to reuse replace it!

Loosen the jam nuts on the chain adjusters on each side

Tighten the adjuster on the left side one 'flat' at a time, counting the 'flats', until the chain is at the proper tension.

Tighten the nut on the right side adjuster the number of 'flats' you counted on the left side.

Tighten the axle bolt. Reinsert cotter pin.

Tighten adjuster jam nuts.

Tighten torque arm nut. Reinsert cotter pin.

Go riding.

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So the chain should move down about an inch from its resting position and up about an inch from resting?
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The measurement is for total distance from top of travel to bottom of travel.

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Woo ok. So roughly half an inch in either direction. Yeah I am WAY off then
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Does the axle bolt have any specific torque setting?
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Spec for the axle nut is 65 ft-lb then continue to the next cotter pin hole (there are two sets of holes 90 deg to each other on the axle).

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ScottOiler, F&S luggage rack ,Throttle Rocker,
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Got it done in no time and got a nice ride in. Sun may be shining but its pretty cold at 70 mph! Thanks man!
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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-20-2011, 07:43 PM
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You're welcome. It's windy out here (gusts to 30mph) so no pleasure riding today.

Ride safe.

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Kuryakyn grips, LED & HID lighting,
4-gal AUX fuel tank

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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-21-2011, 03:28 PM
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Don't forget to lube the chain too.
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