Chain Adjusting Tool

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  1. 34468 Randy

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    Dunno.....its kinda on the order of checking oil level.....45 bucks for something your index finger can do.....
    That's four 6 packs of craft brew.......
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    Don't think I've ever had Fifty dollars worth of trouble adjusting my chain.
     
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    Seems like it would have trouble telling the difference between a loose chain and a worn chain? Also, seems to kind of assume that chain slack is the same on all bikes?
     
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    Yeah I got so many bikes, I would be spending all of my "saved" time recalibrating this thing.
     
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    You do set up this tool for a specific bike. That answers part of your concern. I do think the tool is as accurate as to measure the slack though. Just throwing this out there to see wat people have to say.
     
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    So far, it appears the consensus is that it is not worth the money for a simple task.
     
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    Or almost half the price of a bottle of good single malt.
     
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    Now the shit is getting real.
     
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    randy, doncha have the factory tool for that job ? unless there's allota corrosion in the eccentric, the factory tool works fine.
     
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    This thing is more of a gauge rather than an actual tool that adjusts the chain
     
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    I just bought one for the FJR. Good looking oot Randy.
     
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    I admit the thing is clever/creative... but I think a gage for chain slack is sorta like the phase "nuclear watch".
    I just go by... as I tweek it, that looks good. Again somewhat like checking oil... Is it between the high and low marks... then its good.

    Maybe its more practical in the dirt bike world as the ad for it shows? Dunno, just commiserating..
    If you get it, let us know.. :)
     
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    Won't that be a little tough to mount on the shaft drive, lol?

    I don't need one of these, I'd need one for each bike 'cuz I'm lazy and wouldn't want to recalibrate for each bike..... I don't have any problem doing it the old fashioned way.
     
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    A little duct tape and JB Weld, fits like a glove.
     
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    I don't check the slack on my chain anywhere near as often as I should. Mostly because of having to get down on the ground with a damned tape measure and trying to measure the slack with the tape measure. I am not confident doing this by eye or measuring with a finger or two or three or how many others to stick in there. SO having one of these, taking the time to calibrate it proper for my bike, I might be more inclined to check the slack a little more often. But, I would also have to get one for the GS as well because you need to calibrate it to a single bike then re-calibrate it to any new bike. If you are going to calibrate it every time you check a different bike, then you might as well just do the adjustment when you are trying to calibrate the tool.

    I haven't decided to get this yet. But I haven't discounted it either. Then again, keeping in mind I just said I don't check the slack nearly enough, I have also put over 226.000 km (over 140,000 miles) on my VFR. I have never had a chain issue. So do I need this tool. Or just want to buy it just because it is a tool I don't have and "might" use it...maybe only once.

    Buying tools is just a horrible addiction. I know this. I need help!
     
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    IME, once you have to start adjusting the chain, it's time to start thinking of replacing it. Seems like it runs forever with no adjustment needed, but then it starts needing adjustments regularly. I think I may have adjusted mine less than half-dozen times in the last 20,000 miles. And most of those have been in the last 5,000 miles.

    I might spring for $10, but $50? No effing way. Cool looking gadget though. Just not $50 cool.
     
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    TRUTH! --(I'm guilty!)
    --Just buy it 'cause its fucking cool! :Bounce:LOL!
     
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    There's an old saying...... He who dies with the most tools wins!!
     
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    Wait until you start a woodworking hobby and begin to buy big table saws, assorted routers drills, planers, jointers, drill presses, and about 100 other types of tools. Then soon as you get one of these tools, they come out with the newer better and most improved model. Keeps you poor it does.
     
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