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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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