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LUBRICATION, MAINTENANCE AND TUNE-UP
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2. Loosen the rear torque link nut (B, Figure
24).
3.
Loosen the locknuts on both chain adjusters
(C. Figure 24).
4.
I f the chain was too tight,
back out both
adjuster bolts an equal amount and kick the
rear wheel forward until the chain is too loose.
5. Turn both adjuster bolts in an equal amount
until the chain play is within specification. The
notch in each chain adjuster should be
positioned the same distance along the left and
right side swing arm alignment marks (D,
Figure 24).
6. When chain play is correct. check wheel
alignment by sighting along the chain from the
rear sprocket. It should leave the sprocket in a
straight line (Figure 25). If it is cocked to one
side or the other, adjust wheel alignment by
turning one adjuster bolt or the other. Recheck
chain play.
7A. On models with a rear drum brake:
Partially tighten the axle nut, spin the wheel
and stop it forcefully with the brake pedal, then
torque the axle nut to 60 ft.-lb. (8.0 mkg). This
centers the brake shoes in the drum and
prevents a "spongy" feeling brake. Install a new
cotter pin and spread its ends.
7B.
On models with a rear disc brake:
Torque
the axle nut to
60
ft.-lb. (8.0 mkg), install a new
cotter pin and spread its ends.
8. Tighten the chain adjuster locknuts and the
rear torque link nut.
9. Recheck chain play.
10. On
models with a rear drum brake:
Adjust
the rear brake, if required. See
Brake Pedal
Play
in this chapter.
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