Chain Tensioner Getting away from the tensioner...

Discussion in 'Transmission / Drivetrain' started by motoschwinn, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. motoschwinn

    motoschwinn Guest

    How much play do I need before I need a tensioner? After installing the chain from my old Suburban to the Point beach, there is NO play at all. My thinking is to cut the chain, put in a spacer or insert and leave it alone. Right now it's so tight I KNOW it would wear out the bearing at the motor. But just enough to give it a tad bit of play?


    Any ideas?
     

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  2. relaxxx

    relaxxx Member

    is the rear wheel as far in as it can go?
     
  3. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    if it is the kit chain...it WILL stretch :D
    I believe the rule of thumb is 1/2" deflection up n down is the right tension
     
  4. BSA

    BSA Guest

    Certainly not enough to be able to pull the chain off the sprocket.

    BSA
     
  5. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I ride with no tensioner. I just cut the chain to a length that it's tight (about 1/2" play) with the axle backed up almost to the back of the dropout. Pulling the wheel back by hand gets me there. One day I'll try a ghost sprocket, but it isn't a huge priority. Bike rides just fine as is.
     
  6. motoschwinn

    motoschwinn Guest

    Yes, I had thought about dremeling a bit of space, as there is a lot of area there
     
  7. motoschwinn

    motoschwinn Guest


    I kinda think since its a 3 yearold chain I've got all the stretch out of it. I think maybe just one link adding one more will do it perfectly.
     
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