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post #1 of 3 Old 12-29-2018, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Ducati 899 Chain Adjustment and Swing ARM Dashes

I just wanted to gather a few opinions on how other riders measure the accuracy during their chain adjustment. I know how to measure the slack and how to loosen the rear wheel,etc. I just wanted to know how accurate do riders precisely determine the position of the dashes on the alignment guide. The dashes on the swing arm aren't very precise, especially if you have OCD. What I am doing now, is just using a tape measure and using a spot on both sides and measuring...but what is the purpose of the dashes if they aren't super precise....OR, Am I over doing it? I just don't want a crooked wheel....ALSO, my previous motorcycles were single sided swingarm, which was much easier with the C spanner wrench...
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-02-2019, 01:28 PM
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The method you described is probably a fair way to go about it. Once your wheel is aligned, you can also just be sure to rotate the adjusting nuts the same amount on both sides (ie. quarter turn, half turn, etc) to maintain alignment.

Additionally you can pick up a tool like this,” which helps make sure everything is pointing in the right direction.

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Best most accurate way which Ive been doing it is with a digital calliper. You will get a reading to 3 decimal places which is more than enough. Use the protruding back end of the calliper.

Measure the back side of block tensioner to the back edge profile of the swing arm. Compare left and right sides and stay within +/- 0.010

Lock in adjustment jam nuts and torque wheel while hand spun and youre all set.

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