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post #1 of 4 Old 04-21-2006, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
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So, I am going over my 06 10R and see that my chain is a bit loose. I think to myself that this is a good time to see how much of a hassle it is to tighten the chain on this bike. I have owned Honda's in the past and tightening the chain is a bit of a pain but there are some good reference markers to get the wheel aligned. Not so on this 06 10R. I don't normally trust the lines in the swing arm for getting the wheel aligned. I normally use consistant markers and measurements from parts of the swing arm. But there are no other good markers to use to make sure the rear wheel is aligned on the 10R. So, after getting the marks on both sides of the swing arm lined up as best I could, I eyeballed the chain going over the two sprockets and all seemed well. I am not sure why Kawasaki made the chain tightening and alignment the way they did but shame on them.
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I usually use a tape measure and measure from the swing arm pivot to the chain adj on both sides to make sure mine is even.
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Originally Posted by sneaky
I usually use a tape measure and measure from the swing arm pivot to the chain adj on both sides to make sure mine is even.
Ditto... I measure from the center of the swingarm pivot to the center of the rear axle... Works every time.
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another way:

you'll need a long string

make sure front wheel is straight.
-- you can do this taping hte string to the rear wheel, then pulling the string taught to hte front wheel. measure the gap at the rear of the front tire. when the gap is even on both sides, it's a straight front tire.

now, in a similar process, you can make sure the rear is aligned.

-- tape the string to the straight front wheel. measure the gap between the front of the rear tire on each side. once those two gaps are even, your rear tire is straight.

sounds complicated, but in practice it's easy.

sorry if it's a confusing write up
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