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.
'97 EN500LTD 'Hidalgo'
176,000+ miles so far
SlipStreamer Enterprise II, Vista Cruise,
Fiamm air horns, Cobra Spots, Drifter solo seat,
Pro-Tac backrest, 17/42 sprockets, Darkside rear,
ScottOiler, F&S luggage rack ,Throttle Rocker,
Viking bags, Victory Vegas handlebars,
Kuryakyn grips, LED & HID lighting,
4-gal AUX fuel tank
Last edited by bikerbill; 03-14-2011 at 12:10 AM.
Reason: Added lines to include torque arm nut