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Offline SeeJayEss

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How tight is your chain?
« on: May 12, 2021, 10:45:42 AM »
Good morning.

  This is my first official post on the forum and I'm looking for some info on how tight the chain should be on my 2011 Tiger 800.

  I got the bike about a week ago, having part exchanged my old R1150 RT, so it's my first time with a chain for over 10 years. Unfortunately, the chain flexs by about 40 to 45 mm, which is WAY more than I was expecting. The Triumph service manual says it should be between 15-25 mm, but the Haynes manual says 20-30mm. I am guessing the Triumph manual is the master document, so going to try and get it to about 20, when I do eventually try and adjust it (need to borrow a 110nm Torque wrench first).

  Does anyone use any of the gadgets that are available online to help with chain adjustment or is it just easier to use a steel ruler. I have seen the Tru-Tension Chain Monkey (https://www.tru-tension.co.uk/product/cm-motorcycle/) as well as a couple of other devices to help with the process, but not sure if they are any use.

  Thanks in advance for any help.

  SeeJayEss.

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Re: How tight is your chain?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2021, 11:03:39 AM »
I always set mine for 25mm 1 inch with a steel ruler.

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Re: How tight is your chain?
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2021, 11:11:02 AM »
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Re: How tight is your chain?
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2021, 11:21:05 AM »
Sounds obvious - but make sure that you are measuring it with the bike in the position that the manual states - I have found that being on either side stand or centre stand will give very different results to the bike being stood upright on its own two wheels.
I usually stand the bike upright - give it a bounce or two and then ask Mrs Shergar to hold it while I check the tension - I keep the side stand down and tell her to drop it that way if she feels she is losing it - which fortunately has not happened as yet.


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Re: How tight is your chain?
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2021, 11:35:39 AM »
Thanks for the good call.  :008:

I watched Muddy Sumps video and he does it on the centre stand with the rear wheel off the ground, tightens to 30mm and then the tension resets to about 20mm when he puts it back down.

Unfortunately I don't have a Mrs Shergar, so was planning on leaning it against the wall (with a large amount of padding to stop it getting scratched), and trying to get the chain adjusted with the weight balanced upright on both wheels.

I've got a 1.50 steel ruler to help me with the task. Not sure 25 for a plastic adjuster is worth it.

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Re: How tight is your chain?
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2021, 11:40:26 AM »
I won't offer to rent my Mrs Shergar out as she may take exception to that  :001:

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Re: How tight is your chain?
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2021, 11:42:05 AM »
Thanks.

I'll stick to the garage wall. It'll be safer for all of us.  :008:

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Re: How tight is your chain?
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2021, 08:18:08 PM »
It is better to focus on too much play, not enough !!

A chain too tight forces on the output shaft of the front pinion, and little arrived at the destroyed. . .

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Re: How tight is your chain?
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2021, 12:10:39 AM »
I adjust mine with the bike on the centrestand to 30mm - came to that conclusion by adjusting it on the sidestand to 25mm and then putting it on the centrestand and measuring the slack.
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Re: How tight is your chain?
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2021, 12:55:21 PM »
All good info.

Thanks.

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