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Changing your drive chain

When changing the chain on your motorcycle, don't just pull the old one out and then remove the covers to thread the new one back on. With the transmission in neutral and the rear wheel off the floor, break the old chain, then using a master link attach the new chain to the old one, pull the old one around the countershaft sprocket and bcak until you can grab the new chain. Disconnect the old chain and you are ready to connect the ends of your new chain.

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1998 v star classic 650 - leaking oil right side near bottom.... is there a gasget in there? common?

G'day, you are right on the money. Yes there is a gasket here. It is the clutch cover gasket.Order a new one & change it & you should be right. Watch for any stripped threads on the cover screws. It's not uncommon for the alloy thread from the case to "pull out".I loosen the screws first,then try tighten them to make sure all is ok.Then I loosen again & remove the cover. If you do have a pulled thread, then the repair is to install a helicoil or recoil insert. You can get these from a tool or engineering shop.NEVER use screwdrivers to pry off the cover-you will damage the mating surface. When you have the cover off, remove ALL old gasket & check the mating surfaces for damage.You don't have to use any sealant on the new gasket IF the surfaces are OK.If you must use sealant use it spareingly.
Good luck & just let me know if you have any problems.
Kind regards Andrew Porrelli.

May 04, 2011 | Yamaha V Star Classic Motorcycles

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Need instructions on how to replace a chain on Homelite chainsaw

Remove the drive end side cover after releasing the chain brake if it exists and removing the mounting nuts. The bar should slide back and allow the old chain to be removed. Take out the bar and clean it's oil passages including the two small channels that go out to the chain groove. Clean the entire chain groove. Clean the motor case side where the bar fits to. Run the motor for a few moments to see if oil oozes out of the side port. If ok, reinstall the bar and push back. Thread the new chain over the sprocket, then work it over the bar making sure the bottom run of chain cuts toward you. Pull the bar outward. Replace the cleaned cover making sure the adjustment tang drops into one of the large holes in the bar--you may have to back out the adjustment screw several turns. Replace the mounting nuts finger tight and adjust the chain until it pulls the lower run of chain up to the bar, yet you can still pull the chain by hand. Tighten the bar nuts firmly and recheck the chain tension. Check for proper oiling by running the saw tip near cardboard for several moments--it should leave a thin line of oil on the cardboard. Hope this helps!

Jun 18, 2010 | Homelite Consumer Products 9.0 Amp, 14 In....

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how to change the timing chain?

By rights you should pull the sidecase off the motor & the rocker cover, & fit an endless chain over the crankshaft to the cam(s)if you can get a chain with a joining link or get one from a bike shop & ask them to split it for you, you can just take the top cover off the motor, line the cam timing up (piston @ top dead centre(should have timing mark), cam lobes (pointy part) facing as far as you can get both at the same time from the cams, remove timing chain tensioner, let old chain go slack, join new one to it & loosely pull through, make sure bike is upright when you put new one in so chain locates on bottom sprocket properly, then reassemble chain & peen pins over with ball peen hammers.

Dec 24, 2009 | 2005 Honda CBR 125 R

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need to change chain

Go buy a chain that is the right size. As you are holding the saw on the left you will one or probably two nuts on a screw. Remove them and then remove the cover over the sprocket and chain. Remove the old chain and install a new one. Make sure the teeth are in the same direction as the old chain!!! Pull on the bar until the chain is tight. Reinstall the cover and tighten the nuts back up. You are good to go.

May 22, 2009 | Poulan Wild Thing 2375 18" Gas Chain Saw...

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If you're taking it off to replace the chain with a new one you can just cut it off. But, i would recomend a chain breaker. And if you are changing chains don't just yank the old one out! You will double your work. Use the old one as a guide to pull the new chain around the front sprocket. Zip-tie or lightly wire together. Else wise you're shoving your hand in places it might not go or it's cover pulling time. Yes...a voice of experience.

Nov 20, 2008 | 1998 Suzuki RG 150 Gamma

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