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    a chain problem...

    hello to everyone. i am new my name is robb. i just completed the motorcycle course today. i bought a 94 ex 500 last week to take the course on. i used it yesterday and the chain seemed very loose. so this morning we tightened it up to the manufatures specs. it was way to tight because it made a clanking nose when it got to certain spots on teh chain.(seemed tighter in one spot then way loose in the others.)the chain and sprokets look ok.and i mesured the chain to see if it was wore but according to the manual it was ok too.my ? is what is wrong. because i loosened it back up at it seemed to fix the clanking problem but it seems like it is way to loose. is that normal for a chain to have a stiff spots then as it turns get way loose?

    Thanks for any help or suggestions..

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    As far as i know a chain realy doesn't stretch. What i've been told is a chain wears out in the links and seems to make it look longer. Your chain sounds like it has worn more in a few spots and not so much in others. Should have about 1/2 in slack lifting the chain in the middle. Replace the chain with new sprockets. Just a new chain only will wear fast if you don't change the sprockets. The pitch of the sprocket will be different than the new chain.

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    Now that I think of it, that clunk could be a stiff part in the chain. Just a guess though.
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    Don't ask me why but all chains have a "tight spot". Adjust your chain to the manufacturer specs at the tightest spot. You'd be ok with that.

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    thank you all for your help. i tried adjusting at the tightest spot but no help there. so i went and purchased teh new chain and the problem is fixed.but i didnt know about the sprokets causing the chain to wear faster. i am going to get some new ones soon. thanks again!

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