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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-16-2004, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know how to adjust the primary chain on HD's. I know it's done by the bolt on the bottom, my question is how do you know you have the correct tension on it. The particular bike is a 1993 HD Sporty 883.

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hmmm.. I don't know that specific model but if its the same as a 90 evo there is a rectangular plate on the side of the primary cover that you remove and there are a couple of bolts that you loosen that allow you to move the adjuster shoe up and down.

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Well we know how to adjust the tension, we're just not sure how we know we have the correct tension on the chain.

This model is adjusted by an allen bolt on the bottom of the primary cover.

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Wouldn't the Owner's Manual/Service Manual tell you these things?
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The primary chain should be set to 3/8" cold and 1/4" hot.

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Wouldn't the Owner's Manual/Service Manual tell you these things?
He doesn't have one.

Thanks Kim, I'm guessing that is amount of movement of the chain up and down correct?

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Yep, that's right

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He doesn't have one.

Thanks Kim, I'm guessing that is amount of movement of the chain up and down correct?
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raise the back wheel and spin it in 5th gear to make sure to find the tightest spot on the primary chain before you adjust it..

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