Oh, no, that tension was planned! My fabricator did it to keep the suspension from bottoming out into exhaust muffler because the clearances are so tight. Makes perfect sense once you think about it...
I predict my first kickstart in anger before...BEFORE...the month of June hits our calendars this very year.
I have a piston from my tear-down...XR's only rebuilt the top end and said the cylinder needed a few sizes overbore; they didn't do anything with the piston that I sent them. How would I know if it's still good? Here's how it looks, I'd be totally willing to send it in an emergency piston delivery ahead of all the other XL600 body crap I have:
Originally Posted by Zombie_Stomp
Oh yeah, as you will find, Adam, your chain is too tight. It should have the most slack when unloaded like it is in the photo. When the suspension is compressed, the chain tightens, so you should adjust it so that the chain still has a little slack when the suspension is bottomed out. A few minor tests should get you in your comfort zone.
Not that you will be riding anytime soon.