Idle Thoughts

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11:07 AM
Aug 11, 2008
Cincinnati, Ohio
Instead of reinventing the wheel, I come to the mountain seeking ideas for tensioner/idler applications.

Seems our H/T's have a common mecahnical weakness in the area of idlers. The one in the kit is junk, but will have to do 'til I get a better idea.

Let's see some sexy photos of your chain tensioners. Idler porn pleez!:LOL:
If kept cleaned and greased the stock idler should last quite a long time. There are tons of idler mods and upgrades to be found on this forum with a little searching.
First thing I did was weld the bracket to the frame to keep it from rolling into the wheel and wipping out the spokes.Then I got a good roller blade wheel and cut a groove in the middle of it for the chain to ride in. Made the chain Quieter and smoother.
I used spacers on the rear mount to tension my chain, I don't use the stock tensioner at all. My chain has the proper amount of tension on it and if it ever gets too much I can just take a link or 2 out and adjust my spacers accordingly.
This was my first attempt. Worked well for a while, then the bike ate it.

I too had the problem so I went and bought a sealed bearing that fit a bolt which in turn fits the stock idler bracket. I then bought a small #41 12t sprocket and bored it out so that there was a 0.002'' press fit on the bearing. Just a matter of pressing the bearing into the sprocket and voila you have a tensioner or idler as we call it that works perfectly. As a side note i did grind down the teeth on the sprocket for easy smooth engagement as you aren't driving the chain with it.