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Chain replacement I tried to replace the chain myself. I had the local Yamaha shop cut it to the right size. I put it on, but it's about 1/2 link too short. How could this be?

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  • chadschnaibl Aug 01, 2009

    I loosened the rear wheel, and it is as far forward as it will go, and I still can't get the coupling link on. It's still about 1/2 link too short.

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Usually the loose rear wheel has enough motion to allow the chain to close up. You may have to back off the wheel position adjusters to get this to happen. Push the coupling link through the chain ends toward the wheel side and install the free link, then the clip so that the closed end is pointing in the direction of normal chain motion. Adjust the wheel to set chain tension so that the chain will move about 3/4 inch up and down. Balance the two adjusters so that the tire is centered between the swing arms. Tighten the axle securely, then tighten the chain adjusters firmly. Recheck for free play in chain as above. Make sure the clip is properly seated in both pin grooves.

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  • drallim Aug 02, 2009

    Buy what is known as a half-link. That should extend the chain enough to make it couple.

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