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Just a thought on the initial setting, feel free to correct me if I am looking at it wrong.

While the primary cover is still off, couldn't you turn the tensioner shaft until the spring was in the transition spot, put on the lock nut finger tight and measure how much of the threaded shaft was exposed below the nut? Or possibly measure from the outside of cover and get the entire exposed length. Then bottom the shaft to allow for the cover install and then return the shaft to the length you measured once the primary cover was torqued down...seems that would be somewhat more accurate than just feeling for the transition point of spring tension.
Yes, you could do that I guess. I also thought about bottoming it out while the cover was off and then counting how many turns it took to release the spring. But, actually it's not necessary as the feeling is very obvious when the spring "transitions". You can feel the torque necessary to move the screwdriver change instantly. When you back off and turn the shaft back and forth, you can feel the transition point quite clearly.
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I bagged work today since tomorrow at noon is my surgery and I wanted to get another ride in before I'm laid up for a month! Pretty nice today, the last day with no rain in our forcast for several days.

Anyway, I had a chance to check out the new tensioner again on a ride. I am confident that it's adjusted correctly and is working as advertised.

I can honestly say the operative word here is SMOOTH. All the little "lurches" and hitches in the primary chain that used to be there are gone.

Every transition from hard decel and downshifting is seamless, almost like a direct drive. It's not a huge change in most respects but it's very noticeable under certain conditions and I believe a very worthwhile one.

I have about 32 K on my bike and I'm sure my chain is as stretched as it's gonna get. Now that I'm set up, I plan on many, many miles of maintenance free riding, at least as far as primary chain adjusting is concerened.
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Good for you Scott, and best wishes on your surgery- keep us posted, please.
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Well, I'm home. I had surgery at noon yesterday (Thursday) and was in recovery by 2:30 pm. I spent a sleepless night in the hospital and was discharged at 10 am this morning.

The surgery went very well but the doc ended up needing to do more than he had first expected. It turns out my C6, C7 disk was so herniated he opted to remove it. So instead of a wedge between the vertebrae I now have a titanium plate with screws and mesh and bone paste fusing my neck together. He also ground off the bone spur that was there.

The great news is, he freed up the nerve that was pinched completely and all the pain in my right arm is gone! He expects I'll be good as new in 4 - 6 weeks.

I have localized pain in my neck and a wicked sore throat caused by the breathing tube used during surgery and because he had to move my throat around so much while digging around in there. He warned me about it before hand and said it should clear up in a day or two. Right now it's hard to swallow food or drink and I can't talk real well but I'm on Vicodin and Soma, a muscle relaxant so all in all the pain is tolerable but I'm living in a cloud and sleepy all the time. I have a 2" horizontal scar on the left side of my neck....chicks dig scars!

"Legs" is the best nurse a guy could ask for. She hovers over me like Florence Nightingale and is taking good care of me.

A beer would taste so good but not till I'm off my meds!

Can't wait to ride the scoot again!

Thanks to all the Forum members for your thoughts, you guys are great!
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Hope you get better soon. I had similar surgery on my lower back 8 years ago and haven't had any problems since.

BTW, my back doctor advised me to wash the Vicodin down with beer.
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Thanks for the write-up and hope you heal quickly.

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Sounds like the surgery was a success! Good thoughts your way for a quick and full recovery!!!
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Day 3....worst of post op pain is gone, yesterday was a real bitch though!

Still on Vicodin and Soma but I'm backing off on the dosage today. Still very hard to swallow food or drink. Feeling pretty good otherwise, went for a short walk today to stimulate my bowels! Didn't work.....yet!

TMI, I know! But I haven't had a BM since Thursday morning before surgery. I guess that's normal considering anesthesia and pain meds?

The weather that was supposed to be rainy and crappy turned out beautiful (cruel irony!)

I was going to be selfish and hope the weather stayed crappy till I healed but I wouldn't want you guys in my area to miss good riding!

Legs is a very patient nurse...she's taking all my whimpering in stride!

Can't wait to get back on the scoot.
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When you readjusted the tensioner was there any play in the chain?
I am having a time of finding the release point of the tensioner spring.
Everything else went just as you described and there is no noise coming
from the primary. Just want make sure that everything is OK.

Thanks for the article.

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