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I set it kind of warm in the middle, simply because I need to pop the primary cover off to set it. Never had a problem with whining or whipping.
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The poster talking about adjusting a primary chain while running was referring to the newer models that have an external chain tension adjustment.

Do not work on an open primary with the motor running....... for your own good.
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The poster talking about adjusting a primary chain while running was referring to the newer models that have an external chain tension adjustment.

Do not work on an open primary with the motor running....... for your own good.
Do any of the ironheads have the chain inspection port? Not familiar with the later models.

Edit: Meant to say external chain adjuster. Mine and many other models have the inspection port, but nothing you can do about it without taking off the cover.

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Top big threaded plug hole in my 1980 is what I use with my index finger and feel to check tension.



Not while running of course.
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Dangit, mine has that and I knew that. What I was thinking was external adjuster.
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I think it's a relevant idea when your talking about measuring the chain ,either dang chain,with the engine running!! Rear wheel elevated,spark plugs out,turn it over till you fell the tight spot on the primary chain through the hole,then adjust it till its " aBOUT" 5/8's of an inch up and down( I can eyeball that pretty good!- more than 9/16" less than 3/4") secure the adjustment screw,done,your over thinking this .or use a 5/8's wrench!WOW LOL
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The poster talking about adjusting a primary chain while running was referring to the newer models that have an external chain tension adjustment.

Do not work on an open primary with the motor running....... for your own good.
I apologize as I didn't know the earlier models didn't have an external adjuster. I have only had my 07 and even though I have ridden earlier models, I never did much maintenance on them, so I do not have the familiarity with the differences.

I will try to be careful in the future to be more specific as to what model year I am referring to. Thank you for helping me understand why some were concerned with my recommendation. The old mechanic didn't tell me their was a difference as he was familiar with the bike I owned.
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I've always measured from the top of the primary chain to the top of the case.then pushed up on the chain and measured again. I shoot for 3/4'' cold.
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