Chain Tensioner Getting away from the tensioner...

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

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  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?

  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 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.

  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.