How do i get my chain tensonier to stay in the exact position so that my chain wont fall off?

Discussion in '2-Stroke Engines' started by rockchuck, Sep 2, 2016.

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  1. rockchuck

    rockchuck Guest

    hey guys, im a really beginner when it comes to this, but i have gotten down to one of my last problems. basically, my chain tensioner moves out of place whenever i finally get it lined up just perfect and attempt to tighten it down. this seems like the only way to do it so that the chain wont fall off. also, would just shortening the chain work better? Thanks!

  2. NO! DONT SHORTEN CHAIN ! What I see people do with the stock chain tensioner is they put a Large Nail or a bolt on top of the frame between the chain tensioner, that way when you tighten IT there pa more meat so to speak for it to grab on to.
    So, on. Reapeat in-between the yo PC's of metal that clamp together, you need atleast a 16 framing nail or even better a screw with nuts on it so it won't bend as time goes by. Remember, on top of the frame in-between the two piece clamp. It gives it more to grab on to.
    If you don't understand hit me back its actually very simple. I personally use an (ARCH IDLE ARM TENSIONER) They are king 2md This. None in my opinion. Mine has NEVER FAILED ME, LOSENED. THICK STEEL MADE IN U.S.A. GET the proper length though, it attaches from top of rear wheel frame to bottom. You can slide it up or down as far or near as u need. Good luck.
    As always ne safe and have fun.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2016
  3. P.S. make sure you have all your hardware in proper placement.
  4. Rockchuck

    Rockchuck Guest

    Thanks for your reply, however I didnt really understand.
  5. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    if tensioner is not grabbing frame tightly, I saw off an inch or so of old handlebar, split it into two "C" sections and place in under tensioner mount (if frame is really thin, trim sections so they don't touch each other)
  6. It's basically the same concept as crazy as said which is a great idea except you put nails for a boat with nuts on it in between the clamps at the top part of it where it connects it's a cheap and easy effective way to add metal to the top of the frame. It's just simply making that Bottom bar a little higher with the nail or bolt in between the Clamp. Check out some Yo uTube videos You'll see what I'm talking about
    Although I think that Chrasiuss way MIGHT Work better it's just that I've seen so many people do it like that.
    I still say get an idle arm Chain tensioner. It cost less than $20 maybe 10 $12 and they are very much well well worth the price you will never have to mess with it again. Y. You can also paint them any color to match your bike as well or a different color to accent Ceres and cool to look at
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2016
  7. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    throw away the tensioner if you can get away without one. it's nothing but a pain in the ass.

    Look up a arch idler tension arm/ or arch arm .
    If you cannot find it on their site contact Lynn her mame & phone number is on the site she encourages people to call and ask about parts people cannot find on theyre site due to it still being under construction.

    They have everything and a lot of parts are made right there at the shop and also that means made in the good old USA
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2016
  9. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    as long as the chain doesn't touch the frame when run without a tensioner, you don't need it. it saps power and is one more thing to break.

    I challenge you to find any bike doing a verifiable 50 miles per hour that runs with a stock chain tensioner, or a bike doing more than 65 with any tensioner at all
  10. Nate888

    Nate888 Member

    regarding the cheap stock non spring tensioner, the best way to get it to stay put is really probably just to set it in the waste bin

    I'm not just joking around here: you don't want to bugger up your frame by over tensioning what is likely the lowest quality component commonly found in motored bike kits. w/ a few searches for spring tensioner recommendations, you should be able to find links for reasonably priced (south of $50) spring tensioners, &/or DIY methods of upgrading to a spring tensioner. spring tensioners are a crucial safety & durability upgrade. buy one w/ good reviews or build a design you understand well enough to trust
  11. Cory Bailey

    Cory Bailey New Member

    Tighten the bolts