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My back sprocket is tight and still has a little slack. the sprocket and inside of the wheel can move back and forth about 1 inch is this normal?

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Not normal at all. There should be no movement at all. The rear axle should be tight in the swingarm. I am wondering if someone left out the wheel bearings. You can look at a diagram of the wheel ( and the rest of the bike ) at the website below. Please rate my answer. Thanks.

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