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    Chain length

    Hey, what length chain would you need to run a 26/9-14 Offroad tire? I know you have to take the chain guard off and get a longer chain but what size link chain? 110? 100? 132? What size?
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    Chain size is determined by the size of your front and rear sprockets. How many sprocket teeth do you have front and rear? Cheers
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    The number of links may depend on what gearing you plan to use. I can look/count links tonight If others don't chime in before.

    I'm using 13/54 gearing right now and have used 13/60. Just guessing I'm using 124 or 126 links but will confirm tonight. Others may use stock front sprocket 14/and whatever they have on the rear.
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    As Badger said the size of the tire will not effect the length of chain you need - but a taller tire will effect "gearing" making it taller so you may need to go larger on the rear sprocket or smaller on the front one. Good luck!

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    Long enough to go around the countershaft sprocket and back to the rear sprocket and back to the beginning of the chain. Longer is not practical and shorter will make your bike a garage queen.
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    Since the chain wraps around a fraction more than 180 degrees of the rear sprocket logic tells us that when one changes the number of rear sprocket teeth by “n” teeth the safe change in chain length to accommodate this should have (n/2)+1 more link openings for a larger rear sprocket.teeth (or (n/2)-1 for a smaller diameter rear sprocket). Since a chain link covers two teeth the change in # of links is ((n/2)+1)/2 to be safe for a larger rear sproket. If an ordered chain is too long one link may be removed after purchase.Since our 480 chain link length when new is 1.00 inches/link one can easily convert number of links into a length in inches. Similarly while I forget the service limit I believe is about 3/10ths of a percent permissible elongation so simply measuring length of chain can indicate a wear limit. i.e. if 100 links stretched tight measures more than 100.3 inches it is time to replace.
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    I believe stock sprockets 14/50 require 122 links. Count your teeth on front and rear sprockets, somebody here can tell you what size you need.


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    Hello,Sorry for my translationBack wheel axle must be pushed back to the maximum,So either add to the original chain, 2 where 4 chain links
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    Losing most of the possible adjustment is a problem when going to a bigger tire on a stock swing arm. I knew one guy that had to use a half link to make things fit.

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    As for measuring wear I have used .006" per rivet as the max. Counting the first rivet as zero, there are 36 rivets in 18" of chain. 36 X .006 = .216" So, if you measure what is supposed to be 18" of chain and it measures out to be just shy of 18 1/4" it is time for a new chain.
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