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    Chain tensioner

    I installed this chain tensioner made for Kawasaki. Nice fit but has to be installed backwards. I have to tighten the chain every two rides. Chain came off once got and stuck in the woods. Hopefully this will solve the problem.image.jpgimage.jpgimage.jpgimage.jpg

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    Looks like a good thing. Not sure how it will stand up in the rough though.
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    Hi Jess,

    Looks good!

    Do you have a link or info on what one you are using and how much it is?

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    Hm, In my opinion, you should find out why your chain is derailing first, and correct the problem. If it's coming off, there "is" a problem. Not alined, kink in chain, to loose, even to tight can make a chain walk, or something else, bent spocket, whatever. Correct the problem, not by forcing it to stay with a tensioner. These bikes don't need a tensioner.
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    Werloc,

    I agree with you 100%! (for most normal TW's )

    But here is what I am curious about. If you look closely at my chain at the top of the rear sprocket, you will see the small section of chain that I need to remove/replace when I change back and forth between my two rear sprockets. I am wondering if I could use this type of chain tensioner as sort of like a bicycle derailleuer, so I could switch between sprockets without adjusting the chain length. Just raise the rear wheel off the ground, rotate the wheel and manually push/pull the chain between sprockets and allow the tensioner to compensate for the change in chain slack.

    What do you think, crazy or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Werloc View Post
    ......... These bikes don't need a tensioner.
    What they DO need is an O-Ring chain!!! End of problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TW-Brian View Post
    Werloc,

    I agree with you 100%! (for most normal TW's )

    But here is what I am curious about. If you look closely at my chain at the top of the rear sprocket, you will see the small section of chain that I need to remove/replace when I change back and forth between my two rear sprockets. I am wondering if I could use this type of chain tensioner as sort of like a bicycle derailleuer, so I could switch between sprockets without adjusting the chain length. Just raise the rear wheel off the ground, rotate the wheel and manually push/pull the chain between sprockets and allow the tensioner to compensate for the change in chain slack.

    What do you think, crazy or not?

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    Brian, I was speaking of or for a "stock" TW. I should have said that. But hey, I'm far from perfect. In the event of a "modded" bike like yours, or extended swingarms, etc, then adding a tensioner is a good idea. And, as for the OP'er, he shouldn't just add the tensioner to correct the problem. It should be looked at very well to see IF there is a problem, even if it to find that everything is fine, and maybe this was just a one time thing. Something could have gotten in there, making the chain derail. Then a tensioner is added just for piece of mind, and not using the tesioner as a way to correct the problem.
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    Brian,
    Other than having to shift the tensioner horizontally to maintain alignment with the chain, it should work. We have these applications in some of our construction equipment.
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    Damn Brian your bike looks BadAss with that tire and dual sprocket setup. I think your little mule would work well pulling my potato plow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jess Johnson View Post
    I have to tighten the chain every two rides.
    As was said earlier, need a better chain! I've got 3,000+ miles on my O-ring chain and never have had to adjust it. It still appears to be with the same slack it had from the time of install. I've never lubed it or done any maint on it. It has been in the mud, water, dust, etc. I am careful to not hit it with the pressure washer, don't want to blow off O-rings or blow the lube out of it. The best upgrade for a TW IMO!
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