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Drive Chain; Drive Chain Slack Inspection; Drive Chain Slack Adjustment - Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan 500 LTD Service Manual

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Drive Chain

Drive Chain Slack Inspection

Check the slack with the motorcycle setting on its side
Clean the chain if it is dirty, and lubricate it if it appears
Check the wheel alignment (see Wheel Alignment Inspec-
Rotate the rear wheel to find the position where the chain
is tightest.
Measure the vertical movement (chain slack) [A] midway
between the sprockets.
If the chain slack exceeds the standard, adjust it.
Chain Slack
25 ∼ 35 mm (0.98 ∼ 1.38 in.)

Drive Chain Slack Adjustment

Cotter Pin [A]
Rear Torque Link Nut [B]
Axle Nut [C]
Chain Adjuster Locknuts [D] (both sides)
Turn the chain adjusting nuts [E] forward or rearward until
the drive chain has the correct amount of chain slack. To
keep the chain and wheel properly aligned, the right rear
end [F] of the hole should align with the same graduation
that the left rear end aligns with.
Misalignment of the wheel will result in abnormal
wear and may result in an unsafe riding condition.
Tighten both chain adjuster locknuts securely.
Tighten the axle nut (see Rear Wheel Installation section
in the Wheels/Tires chapter).
Torque - Rear Axle Nut: 88 N·m (9.0 kgf·m, 65 ft·lb)
Turn the wheel, measure the chain slack again at the tight-
est position, and readjust if necessary.
Tighten the torque link nut.
Torque - Torque Link Nut: 34 N·m (3.5 kgf·m, 25 ft·lb)
Install a new cotter pin [A] to the rear axle.
When inserting the cotter pin, if the slots in the nut do
not align with the cotter pin hole in the axle, tighten the
nut clockwise [B] up to next alignment.
It should be within 30 degree.
Loosen once and tighten again when the slot goes past
the nearest hole.


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  • Ricardo Paluan Apr 27, 2016 01:22:
    Adquiri recentemen​te uma moto vulcan 500 ano 1995. Tenho o 37 anos e iniciante no mundo motociclis​ta. Entretanto​, em razão só tempo e idade da moto, não tenho o manual do proprietá​rio, sendo este indispens