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There is a small plate between the rear derailer and the bike frame. Should this plate be on the inside of the frame? My chain recently got stuck between the frame and the gear sproket in the rear. I have another bike and there is not enough room for the chain to go between the space. It looks like there is some sort of spacer on that bike. I have an older Huffy Echo Canyon bike. I believe it is about 15 years old.

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  • bb58248 Jul 25, 2009

    Sorry Joe, your answer is incorrect. I went to this site and looked at the manual before I tried the website. This manual is for coaster brake bikes, my bike does not have a coaster brake, it has hand brakes. I checked that manual as well, so don't recommend that one. Unfortunately, the manual does not get specifice enough in the instructions for assembly. Please try again or refer to someone who is more familiar with my specific Huffy bike for around that time era.

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Normally, the "plate" will be installed on the outside. It is also normal for there to be room for the chain to go between the sprocket and the frame although you of course don't want to have this happen. You need to adjust the limit screw on the derailleur to allow fulling shifting into the smallest sprocket without allowing the chain to jump off.

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Hi. I can help you. Here is the link to the manual that will answer your questions and assist you in properly placing the plate. It will ask you for the model # to be sure to provide you with the best info.

http://www.huffy.com/pdf/ownersmanuals/coasterbrake_manual.pdf

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