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Default Primary Adj. Hot or Cold ???

Is it better to adjust the primary chain with the gearbox hot or cold, What do you say?????
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COLD. The chain "Grows" as it warms up.
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Doesn't matter according to the manual. Gives a different length to adjust to for hot or cold.
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Doesn't matter according to the manual. Gives a different length to adjust to for hot or cold.
Actually, can't say about the manual for your 00. but it matters for the OPs 05 (and as I understand for pretty much all the 04+) where the manual specifies to do it overnight cold stating that the factory tools necessary for hot adjustment aren't available in the field.
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I tightened mine to the point where I could hear it whine while riding with a 3/4 helmet on. Then backed off and loosened it gradually until I couldn't hear it whine while riding.
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The owner's manual for my '09 gave specs for hot and cold...
Cold...3/8"-1/2"...9.5mm-12.7mm
Hot....1/4"-3/8"...6.3mm-9.5mm

I hope this helps,
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I did it cold, found the tight spot and shot for about 3/8" and it seems to be just fine...
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How hot is hot? Since "hot" is a relative term, I've always adjusted mine cold.
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I check/ adjust mine when changing the primary oil. Pull drain plug/ inspection cover and let it drain over night, then check and adjust if needed cold. That way there’s less oil mess when I roll it in gear with plugs out to find the tightest spot and adjust if needed. Then after the next ride I do a quick hot check. The chain sure tightens up when hot, and will screw things up if you run like that. That’s how I do it.
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The way I've always checked or adjusted mine is hot. This is my reasoning. Since hot is the natural, normal operating temp, it just seems best to adjust it then. When is the chain cold? When it's sitting still. When is it most important for the chain to be adjusted correctly? When it's being ridden, in other words, Hot!
I go for a ride to warm things up, Park bike. Jack up bike. Remove inspection cover. Remove drain plug. Adjust chain as oil drains. Replace plug. Add oil and replace cover.
Am I looking at this wrong?
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