Is there a metal idler wheel?

Discussion in 'Spare Parts & Tools' started by John-Forrest, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. John-Forrest

    John-Forrest Member

    I am wondering if there is such a thing as a METAL idler wheel - instead of the cheap plastic ones we usually use. My wheels seem to wear out and crack - also have problem with wheel getting stuck, not moving - chain just slides over it.

    Do we really NEED these chain adjuster, idlers? They just seem to create resistance and make it hard to peddle bike. I don't see them on motorcycles or bicycles or mopeds - so why do we need them? Because chain is too long? Then make chain shorter.


  2. levsmith

    levsmith Member

    Im not sure if there is one but i think i am going to make one in my class for my bike, i have 2 bearings that i didnt use, so i might be able to make one for you but i wont gaurantee anything until i can figure out how much time i have. are you looking for a steel or aluminum one?
  3. hot70cc

    hot70cc Guest

    i'm thinking if you use a metal wheel your gonna ruin your chain from metal to metal friction grease or no grease. I would stick with the plastic one, or just remove it all together. IMO
  4. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    many engines out in the working (trades) world use metal
    they work very well and with good bearings -- very long lasting
    small engine parts stores carry them

    there are also many good types noted here on this site

    ride that thing

    HERPER Member

    theres a avery good thread about this issue.. i would search for it. they basically bought some random parts from tractor supply co. (around 15 $$) and made a springloaded heavy duty tensioner. i plan on making one myself.
  6. heathyoung

    heathyoung Member

    There are cheapies on fleabay - for minibikes etc.

    A lot of motorbikes use them where there is a lot of movement in the swingarm (ie. dirtbikes, supermoto etc.)
  7. Gungatim

    Gungatim Member

    I picked up a small diameter metal one from local hardware. It is an idler wheel for lawn mowing decks, universal, so most TSC's have them in the pulley and v-belt department. They have a bearing in them and a wide flat face where the chain/belt rides. I haven't used it yet, but it should be a good substitute on my next build.
  8. DeusIgnis

    DeusIgnis New Member


  9. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    tensioner a little closer to engine ?

    that's a pretty nice looking chain tensioner setup you made there

    as I look at your second picture listed
    do you think that it may be a good idea
    to remove some chain lenks
    thus moving the tensioner a little closer to the engine ?

    was just thinking about how most
    tensioners appear on motor cycles

    ride that thing
  10. MotorMac

    MotorMac Member


    Thanks Deusignis,thats a terrific website thats full of very interesting ideas and tips! theres some things on it that Im going to try on my bike.
  11. DeusIgnis

    DeusIgnis New Member

    o, i didnt make it :p its something someone has sent into that sight that i stumbled across. Been thinking about doing something similar though.