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Old 10-10-2012, 10:14 AM   #7231
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Hmmm...looks like Scandia would be about the halfway point then. I can probably meet up in Princeton and go with to Scandia.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:26 AM   #7232
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Stillwater Bridge

Hey Prop,

The Stillwater Bridge is still closed and won't open until Dec. 15th. Ugg! Just thought I would give y'all a heads up. Have a safe ride! It was a bit chilly riding in the am but was beautiful.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:30 AM   #7233
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Thanks for that, I'll change the route.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:27 PM   #7234
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I need to tighten my chain before the ride tomorrow. Any tips on getting the rear axle nut loose? I've put the socket wrench parallel to the ground and even jumped on it but it isn't budging.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:32 PM   #7235
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Come early tomorrow and I'll help you out with that.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:39 PM   #7236
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I'm a little concerned since it appears there is more than 2" of movement from top to bottom. The chain lifts up behind the metal bar - maybe 3" of give? I tried Liquid Wrench and having someone else jump on it with no effect. And I verified the threads are indeed the standard "leftie loosey".
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:50 PM   #7237
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Sending you another PM on this.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:31 PM   #7238
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You shouldn't rely on chain deflection measurements taken whilst the bike is unladen.

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I'm a little concerned since it appears there is more than 2" of movement from top to bottom. The chain lifts up behind the metal bar - maybe 3" of give? I tried Liquid Wrench and having someone else jump on it with no effect. And I verified the threads are indeed the standard "leftie loosey".
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:47 PM   #7239
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That sounds suspiciously like Monty python... :) That's good to know, I didn't know sitting on it would make a difference.

Thanks for the pm's (sorry that originally came out "PMS" which does not apply in this instance), propforward and HBL!

I wanted to do it on my own. I didn't want to bring hubby in on it, mainly because he isn't crazy about me having a motorcycle. He's a great guy, but he isn't crazy about me using tools either. He once said he was thinking of getting rid of all his power tools but that's a story for another time. I like tools and I like figuring things out. :)
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:50 PM   #7240
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You shouldn't rely on chain deflection measurements taken whilst the bike is unladen, unless the manual specifically denotes it.
Not uncommon for the manual to state the proper tension for a chain on an unladen bike. Two of mine have been that way.

*sure, there is an underlying assumption made on their part as to rear sag, but still, go by the manual.
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:02 PM   #7241
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Hubby got it loose! He said the chain is very loose even when I sit on it.
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:04 PM   #7242
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Awesome. Well, you can get that sorted now, and tomorrow

It will be a bit nippy out.
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:25 PM   #7243
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By the way, Yarnbard, are we doing brekky in the morning?

'Cos I need to know whether or not to have my oatmeal afore we go out.

I'm assuming meet at my place at 9.00
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:10 PM   #7244
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True enough.

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Not uncommon for the manual to state the proper tension for a chain on an unladen bike. Two of mine have been that way.

*sure, there is an underlying assumption made on their part as to rear sag, but still, go by the manual.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:22 PM   #7245
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That's good to know, I didn't know sitting on it would make a difference.
Look down and keep and eye on the chain as you slowly lower yourself onto the bike saddle. You'll see the chain tension increase as more and more weight is applied and the swingarm becomes closer to horizontal. -That is unless you're sitting on a G450X, in which case as you look down, instead of seeing the chain tension increase you'll see the size of the oil and coolant puddles increase.


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I like tools and I like figuring things out. :)
Well, then you should enjoy Grainbelch. Let us know when you figure him out. He's right about the using the manufacturers spec though, but don't tell him I said that.
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