Chain Tensioner Chain Tensioner / Silencer for Stretch Setups

Discussion in 'Transmission / Drivetrain' started by gone_fishin, Jul 12, 2007.

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  1. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    i built this roller from local hardware, little taiwanese ball-bearings for $3.50 ea, some thrust washers, bit of hardware & some heater hose. boy is it ever quiet!


    a 5/8" length of heater hose is the rolling surface...overnight it was great, so i got a wild hair you-know-where & decided to fix the top chain-run's tendancy to "harmonize", it gets pretty squirrelly at 19-20mph. both dan and i have had chain damage because of this.

    i grabbed a couple "brackets" and headed for the hardware store for more stuff

    here's where i'm at right now, haven't even tried it yet

    time to go back to jack's for a spring, more soon...i hope.

  2. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest


    it works better than absorbs that start-off chugging, and it all but eliminates decceleration backlash :D

    i'll report on how the heater hose holds up.
  3. iRide Customs

    iRide Customs Member

    Fantastic design Augie! Looks like it works like a champ.
  4. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    thanks, iRide' sure does, & the style is right-on!

    the run from the tensioner to the engine sprocket is consistently straight & true
    i do believe i've solved the problem 8)
  5. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    nice job Augi, I may try that on my Haro :D [​IMG]
  6. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    yes, you may :p

    glad you like it, dude :D

    boy, it sure is fun playing around in "wild in the streets" :evil: 8)
  7. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    nice looking modification! way outside the box!!

    great job.
  8. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    that's me! :p

    thanks, bro...she's really coming together :D

    i'm sure glad these vehicles are so tiny, because they still are money-pits, just tiny ones, thankfully :lol: :lol:

    cost of this mod: $19 8) 8)

    (now, 'scuse me please...i'm off on a long ride)
  9. OldPete

    OldPete Guest

    Slick solution for a long chain run.

    First I've seen of the shock suspended seat. That is first rate!
  10. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    yeah, pete, i been busy, check my new gallery & the traveling & riding sections to see :)

    how's the build going?
  11. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    spring broke, otherwise no harm at all. i'll try a different one tomorrow.
  12. locoWelder

    locoWelder Guest

    Damn Dogg , you've been busy this last 2 weeks....keep up the good work Bro. 8)
  13. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    you know it, loco...good news about your clan :)

    trying again, different angle on different spring


    good excuse for another test ride :)
  14. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    40 miles, not one problem :)

    well, maybe the heater hose. i'm gonna put fresh surfaces (new hose) on the rollers tomorrow. i think if i have them centered right they'll last a good long time. if not, i'll find something else because i love the bearings, they're smoooooth 8)
  15. iRide Customs

    iRide Customs Member

    The new spring looks like it will last a little longer. That is a sweet, clean set up Augie!
  16. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    i'll happily report that the rollers work well, the angles and direction of pull seems good. i'll have to find something else for the roller surfaces, tho. the heater hose is fine all the way down to the nub, but i only got about 60 miles out of it. i have some nylon cutting boards, all i need is a coupla hole saws.
  17. surfacing the rollers

    Hey Augi, why not try running on the steel with a little grease?

  18. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    i did, mike...but i need something to keep the washers spread, they slip onto the bearings and are kept in place by the hose...i'm on the lookout for some brass or copper tubing, that might be nice.
  19. Lil problem

    Augi, I wonder what would happen if you used something like JB Weld, to fix one washer to one bearing, and again on the other side? Let it cute overnight, and then maybe all would be well?

  20. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    'fraid not, mike, not with these particular bearings, they're designed to be placed in the end of a pipe to make jackshafts or axles. when they're placed face to face there's a sloppy gap, and my only option is to sandwich a 9/16" length of "roller" (hose or pipe) between them. i do agree a smooth metal surface could do a nice job, tho.