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Location: Chandler, Arizona
Are you using real MSSTs or the makeshift ones made out of the ACCTs. On the real ones (I got mine from TOC) I loosened the locknuts slightly, then got on my knees on the left side of the bike, with my left hand on the front tensioner bolt, and my right hand on the rear tensioner bolt. I started the engine, and using both hands at the same time, loosened and tightened the tensioners just a little, several times. You quickly get a feel for where the noise just stops on both sides, because you are turning them at the same time. When the noise just stops, tighten the locknuts down with your fingers, and shut off the motor. Mark the position of the heads of the bolts. A felt pen will do. Then keep the bolt heads in that position while you use a wrench to securely tighten down the lock nuts. There is no way to measure it, you just have to feel for the threshold where the noise just stops. It is definitely possible to have them over tightened with no symptoms at all, but it will still cause excessive wear on the chains, guides, and sprockets.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike
Last edited by VN750Rider/Jerry; 08-24-2013 at 11:59 PM.