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OK, I changed my primary oil but I can't figure out how to rotate the chain so I can find the tight spot to adjust the tension. I know how to do the actual adjusting. I have a lift, but no FSM only a Haynes manual.

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OK, I changed my primary oil but I can't figure out how to rotate the chain so I can find the tight spot to adjust the tension. I know how to do the actual adjusting. I have a lift, but no FSM only a Haynes manual.
Make sure its secure...rear wheel off the ground...

Put it in 5th, and you'll be able to turn it....

Take out your plugs, might be a little easier...
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Thanks. I tried that, maybe I wasn't trying hard enough, or I should've removed the plugs. OK I have something to do tonight.
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Thanks. I tried that, maybe I wasn't trying hard enough, or I should've removed the plugs. OK I have something to do tonight.
It IS a bitch.....I think someone here figured out that in 5th gear you have to get around 5 or 6 rotations to get the primary around once...

Helps if you have someone to spin the tire while you watch the primary....
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Yep, it's a bear to get turning, but you're doing it right.
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It's also possible to adjust the chain with the engine running. Carefully load it up (at operating temp) while the bike is idling in neutral until you hear a slight whine. Then slowly back the adjuster off until the whine dissapears. For peace of mind, you can back the adjuster off a further 1/8th of a turn from this point, & then lock up the nut on the adjuster. Perfect noiseless shifts & no more missing gears...
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hero ....

Now, that's the best tip I have heard in a loooong time!

When you say "load it up" ... do you mean hold the rear brake slightly while running it on a lift in gear ... maybe 1st gear would be best?

I'm just a little confused.

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I was just getting ready to tackle this service myself but got way to annoyed when the 27t torx screws stripped when taking off the cover! I managed to get to fluid changed but have been waiting to read how to adjust the chain. I like the sound of adjusting it with the bike running since I certainly don't want to take the cover off again if I don't have to! Please describe "loading it up" if you can. I read it as loading the chain by adjusting the tensioner. Is that what you mean? Does the wheel need to be spinning? Thanks for your help!
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