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I did it by trial and error until I figured out how much off the ground slack translated into 1/2" on the ground slack. I used an old wooden yard stick to press down on the chain. Very tedious, but no one was watching, eh
Hmmmm...Maybe sit on it backwards, bike on the floor, bounce it a couple times off the lift/sidestand, and pull on the chain mid-point with a bent coar hanger...???...
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loosen the axle and adjusters.pry the axle forward with a large screwdriver and then adjust both sides so there equal and watch the chain to get 1/2" play.tighten the axle and then make sure locknuts on adjusters are tight.do not try and adjust the tension with the axle tight.all you'll do is break the studs on the adjusters.go for a ride and when you get back check the chain adjustment.if off,adjust from there.do this 15 or 20 times and you might be an expert
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Hi All, Am curious what you think about helmets, I have a beanie that I used years ago, and a G MAX police style from the biggest HD dealer in these parts, and a pretty serious racer guy told me my helm was not DOT despite sticker, and that I should get a full face type. Any recommendations, cuz the prices shocked me, 6, 7, eve 15 hundred $ !!!
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I use a Bell 500 3/4 helmet. Reasonable price, DOT approved, etc. Full face is too claustrophobic for me; 3/4 too dangerous for others. Not a fan of novelties, beanies... In my youth, no helmet was the preferred helmet...
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apparently i have the same set up as GA ironhead.and agree with the above.
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I've had several ¾ helmets, both the jet helmet type, worn with riding glasses, or ones with a hinged visor (like on a full face, but longer).

I always thought full faces were too claustrophobic. Until fairly recently that is, when I got an Arai Tour-X 4, which is a sort of cross between a road helmet and an off road helmet. It has a visor, but the aperture is much bigger than most road helmets. A pinlock means you never have any trouble with the visor misting up.

It's OK, actually. Not too hard to put on and take off, good vision and not really claustrophobic feeling at all. Protects you well against stuff (bugs, stones) hitting you in the face. I got it for when I'm on the trail bike, and so far that's all I've used it for, but I could live with it as my only helmet.



BTW, you don't have to have the peak, you can take it off if you don't want it.
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I used to have one of those beanie helmets too and switched to a bell 500 as well mostly to cut down on noise - drag pipes and wind! Someday I will spend the dough and get some mufflers or a 2:1 exhaust. Someday.
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It’s normal to bottom out at the top of a ramp. That’s just the geometry of ramp.
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Thanks,Big, what brought clearance issue to mind was bottoming out the day I bought it when loading onto pickup truck w/ramp. Needed help lifting back end at top of ramp. Will read manual more closely now. Peace, .......R
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