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On the older Sportsters you check the chain for freeplay on bottom.shuold be 1in - 1 1/2 in freeplay.Check in a couple dif spots.
to tighten loosen axle nut,loosen jam nut ,turn bolt in until correct freeplay is there turning each side the exact same amount.Retighten and measure from axle to a set point on each side to insure wheel is lined up close.Remember this isnt rockett science you dont have to be percice just close.Check freeplay at least once a week and every ride for awhile after a new chain is put on.
BTW I ride a old Harley too

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Every 600 miles or 1000 km. Your motorcycle’s Owner’s Manual will have directions. With most motorcycles, you check the tension with the bike on its side stand. I found that with my Honda CB-1 up on a shop stand, I could get the tension right. The key is to have the suspension at the correct sag. You need to check the tension at several points along the chain’s travel around the engine and wheel sprockets. The tension should be set so that the loosest spot and the tightest spot are still within the slack tolerance specified in the owner’s manual. If the tightest spot is at the tightest allowed and the loosest is beyond the tolerance, then it’s time to get a new chain and sprocket set.

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Every 600 miles or 1000 km. Your motorcycle’s Owner’s Manual will have directions. You need to check the tension at several points along the chain’s travel around the engine and wheel sprockets. The tension should be set so that the loosest spot and the tightest spot are still within the slack tolerance specified in the owner’s manual. If the tightest spot is at the tightest allowed and the loosest is beyond the tolerance then it’s time to get a new chain and sprocket set. ,

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