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Old 13th April 2018, 12:10 PM
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I've noticed the chain is stretching more often lately, tightened up the chain slack 3 times in the last 3 months. It seems to becoming a monthly thing now. Is it a sign something is giving way?
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Old 13th April 2018, 12:18 PM
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You are probably over tightening it
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Old 13th April 2018, 12:41 PM
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It's probably at end of life. Replace if worn beyond its service level.

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Old 13th April 2018, 01:37 PM
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Default Re: How often should you have to tighten chain?

Only tightening it to the level recommended from Suzuki manual, its not overly tight.
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Old 13th April 2018, 01:50 PM
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Default Re: How often should you have to tighten chain?

Check for tight spots in the chain, make sure it's clean and well lubricated.
If it's dirty and stiff it'll stretch out faster. If it's stretched out and nearing the end of its life the links get thinner and at some point they become easier to stretch.
Also make sure the sprockets are in line with the chain run.
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Old 13th April 2018, 02:40 PM
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Default Re: How often should you have to tighten chain?

Originally Posted by knightrider
I've noticed the chain is stretching more often lately, tightened up the chain slack 3 times in the last 3 months. It seems to becoming a monthly thing now. Is it a sign something is giving way?
Did you put a new chain on old sprockets?
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Old 13th April 2018, 03:02 PM
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Default Re: How often should you have to tighten chain?

to properly check the chain you would need a veriner caliper guage (can be got in lidl and halfords for cheap)
and you mesure a section of the chain and if its over the limit mesurment in the bikes manual then a new chain is needed.

as for sprockets idf there piked there done but an easy way is just to go to the back sprocket and grab the chain and if you can pull it off a few mils then she is fecked and will need a new set
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Old 13th April 2018, 03:07 PM
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It should say in the manual when/where the adjusters are at a certain point/marking that means it is time to replace the chain
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Old 13th April 2018, 05:15 PM
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Default Re: How often should you have to tighten chain?

If you keep having to adjust it, it's past its best and will keep stretching, You would be better off getting a new c&s kit. And don't let it go out to the last on the adjusters, risk of it coming off.
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Old 13th April 2018, 07:32 PM
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What mileage are you doing between adjustments? How often do you oil it?
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Old 13th April 2018, 08:47 PM
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Default Re: How often should you have to tighten chain?

If ya are replacing the chain, do likewise with both sprokets. Don't mix and match old and new as it is a false economy. Follow the bike manufacturers instructions for adjustment and play allowance. If the chain is too loose ya can often feel a snatched response in the throttle esp when changing gears also ya risk the chain jumping off a sprocket, the running chain can on some bikes make contact with the frame. If the chain is too tight, the chain will be fucked in short order, the bearings for the spindle of the front sprocket can be damaged. Of all given here, I am innocent of the bearing charge.

An old chain is impossible to adjust properly, the stretching is not uniform throughout its length as a result ya will have two or more tight spots over its entire length.
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Old 14th April 2018, 11:00 AM
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Default Re: How often should you have to tighten chain?

Originally Posted by knightrider
I've noticed the chain is stretching more often lately...
Measure the chain length. Replace it when it reaches the service limit.

Assuming you have a 5xx chain, each link is 5/8" or 15.875mm.
The theoretical length for 20 links is 317.5mm. In practice, even a brand
new chain will have some clearance in the pins/bushings and it will
be slightly longer than the theoretical value.

As motorcycle chains are safety-critical, the service limit is usually
specified as approximately +1%. A typical chain has more than
100 links, the old chain will be more than 1 link longer than the new
replacement.

Check the manual for service limits. You will probably find
it is around 321mm for 20 links. Keep the bottom run of the chain
straight and under tension. Measure using a metal rule.


tightened up the chain slack 3 times in the last 3 months. It seems to becoming a monthly thing now. Is it a sign something is giving way?
The need for frequent adjustment is a sure sign it has reached
end-of-life. Replace it soon.

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Old 16th April 2018, 11:54 AM
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Default Re: How often should you have to tighten chain?

Thanks for the input lads, its a daily driver, not sure if the sprockets were changed last time or just the chain. Checked it over yesterday and there were 2 tight spots in the chain. Will not budge! I have a chain breaker so might take it off and see what I can do. Any suggestions?
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Old 16th April 2018, 12:01 PM
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Default Re: How often should you have to tighten chain?

Originally Posted by knightrider
Thanks for the input lads, its a daily driver, not sure if the sprockets were changed last time or just the chain. Checked it over yesterday and there were 2 tight spots in the chain. Will not budge! I have a chain breaker so might take it off and see what I can do. Any suggestions?
Get a new chain and sprockets.
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Old 16th April 2018, 12:01 PM
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Default Re: How often should you have to tighten chain?

Originally Posted by knightrider
Thanks for the input lads, its a daily driver, not sure if the sprockets were changed last time or just the chain. Checked it over yesterday and there were 2 tight spots in the chain. Will not budge! I have a chain breaker so might take it off and see what I can do. Any suggestions?
Did you not read the thread at all? The suggestions you got was replace the chain.
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Old 16th April 2018, 12:03 PM
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Default Re: How often should you have to tighten chain?

Straight away, change chain and sprockets so... not that expensive and you don't want to mess up a new chain with your old worn sprocket.

For the cost, definitely don't event think it twice specially if you don't know the history of it... replace it, have your piece of mind and then maintain it properly and forget about it.
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Old 16th April 2018, 12:14 PM
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Default Re: How often should you have to tighten chain?

Originally Posted by Gixxer
Get a new chain and sprockets.
Oh no I really don't want to
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Old 16th April 2018, 12:15 PM
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Default Re: How often should you have to tighten chain?

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Did you not read the thread at all? The suggestions you got was replace the chain.
Go suck a dick all you comments are useless shite with no input
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Default Re: How often should you have to tighten chain?

Originally Posted by RTV
Straight away, change chain and sprockets so... not that expensive and you don't want to mess up a new chain with your old worn sprocket.

For the cost, definitely don't event think it twice specially if you don't know the history of it... replace it, have your piece of mind and then maintain it properly and forget about it.
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Old 16th April 2018, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by knightrider
Go suck a dick all you comments are useless shite with no input
Well you clearly didn't read the thread. Most comments said change the c+s. So just dig deep and change them
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