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    Is my chain too loose?

    Howdy folks,

    I have a new 2015 TDub, and just passed the 200 mile mark. I noticed that my chain might be a little loose, so I consulted the owner's manual. The recommended slack according to the manual is between 1.4 and 2.4 inches. The slack on my chain is about 2.75 inches. Is this something that should concern me, or am I good to just wait for the 600-mile service and let Yamaha adjust the chain at that point? Recommendations?

    Thanks.

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    Adjust it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by littletommy View Post
    Adjust it.
    NOW, or sooner, which ever occurs first.

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    Wow after reading through the manual I didn't realize how easy it is to adjust. No brainer.
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    If you're keeping the stock chain, just consider it practice, you'll be adjusting it a lot. (sorry, couldn't help it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by littletommy View Post
    If you're keeping the stock chain, just consider it practice, you'll be adjusting it a lot. (sorry, couldn't help it)
    LT is right, the stock chain wears very quickly. Get an O-Ring or better yet, an X-Ring type chain on it as as possible, before it starts to wear the sprockets. Less adjusting + less wear on sprockets=more riding for less $. I installed an X-ring chain and it went 4,000 miles before the first adjustment!
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    A little to loose is much much better than a little to tight.

    My chain is loose as in floppy loose. It has never given me trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scotti158 View Post
    LT is right, the stock chain wears very quickly. Get an O-Ring or better yet, an X-Ring type chain on it as as possible, before it starts to wear the sprockets. Less adjusting + less wear on sprockets=more riding for less $. I installed an X-ring chain and it went 4,000 miles before the first adjustment!

    +1 on the O or X ring!
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    Get used to lifting the chain with the toe of your boot to check the tension before you ride – you’ll soon get to know if it gets too tight or too loose – it’s a good way to check if it needs lube too

    The chain is the highest maintenance item on the TW (or any) bike – even if it only needs adjusting once a month – you need to know where it is at any given time

    As suggested above – an “X” ring or “O ring chain will make those adjustments few and far between – but still – get your boot up there every now and then just in case ………
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    Adjust it.
    Scotti......what brand of X- ring chain did you buy?.

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