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How do I tighten the chain on a 1979 Honda CB 400 Hawk?

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Loosen rear axle bolt and nut, tighten chain tensioner at rear axle,use the nut on the tension bolt to lock it down to the same calibrated distance(about 3/4 inch chain slack movement up and down not a total of 1 1/2) when the axle alignment is the same on left and right tighten the axle nut and bolt,lube the chain. Make sure you adjust the rear brake tension to make up for the wheel being moved toward the rear.

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