Chain Tensioner My idler wheel broke and i was wondering if it was ok to run the bike without it

Discussion in 'Transmission / Drivetrain' started by hunter, Oct 27, 2007.

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  1. hunter

    hunter Guest

    Im thinking about taking 1 link out of the chain to make it fit on the bike without the idler wheel. Would this be a good idea or will it cause problems?.

  2. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    if you an make it run with no idler, it is best :D
    very few are able to get away with it unfortunately
  3. mickey

    mickey Guest

    Check your chainstay clearance. Just because it clears with the bike at rest doesn't mean it will clear in motion. My skyliner has about 1/8'' without the tensioner so chain slap shreds the stay if I leave it out..
  4. hunter

    hunter Guest

    If i take a link out of the chain the chain will be real tight. Will the chain be ok if i ride it when its tight?
  5. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    if it is a fairly new chain, it will probably stretch a bit
  6. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

    If u take a link out of the chain to run it "real tight" it's going to put unwarranted stress on other components.To me it's better to ditch the supplied chain-tensioner and opt for a much better one....something that's originally meant for a trail bike/trials bike.
    I use a trail bike chain-tensioner and once setup u never need to worry about the chain again.Also use a KMC 415H motorcycle chain....that's MUCH better than the crappy Chinese original.
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  7. mikesbike

    mikesbike Guest

    If you find you need the tentioner wheel, get a inline skate wheel and modify it for your use. It will work much better than the original. You can find threads on the topic using the search.
  8. minibiker

    minibiker Guest

    fetor 56 where did you get your round head kit at
  9. alesterfeind

    alesterfeind Guest

    I run mine fairly tight with no tensioner. It's got about 1/2 inch play. I works great, but I got lucky that mine lined up just right.
  10. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest