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I tightened my drive chain tension after 2500 miles.....

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Old 03-15-2008
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Red face I tightened my drive chain tension after 2500 miles.....

...and apparently it was pretty loose, although I had not noticed. It must have gone in like 8-10 turns or more(not really sure how many but it seemed like an awful lot).

Would the chain really stretch that far, and would the sled go normally with the chain that loose? Seems like I would have noticed it by now. Probably I should open up the chain case and do a thorough inspection, but I want to ride it tomorrow and it's already on the trailer covered. The tensioner bolt did eventually get finger tight and I backed it off 1/4-1/2 turn. I didn't want to test it here in the mud. Do you guys think it will be ok. I'm just worried because I expected it to go in only a couple turns. It could be the 1st time it has ever been tightened in nearly 3000 miles.
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8 turns sure seems like a lot. The season is just about over for you isn't it? I'd pop it apart and make sure it all looks OK before next season.
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Check the dipstick, usual wear and tear will yield some metal shavings (not a lot) but if you can replace it and take it out a few times and you continue to see shavings then you might have a problem
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I'm just gonna run it. I will let you know how it goes. Hasn't given me a problem yet or acted up, I just decided to tighten it. I meant to do it a few hundred ago but I forgot.
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At least check the oil level, if it's too low, the chain will heat up and stretch a lot.
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I decided not to go riding today.
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............I couldn't see anything in the sight glass on the side of the chain case I pulled the filler plug to peek in there and it was covered with tiny filings.
So I got my 1/4" hex key and pulled the drain plug half expecting nothing to come out, but much to my delight it poured out as if it were full. Says it takes 11oz. to fill and I drained at least 10oz. out of it. The two plugs were covered with filings, but the oil was clean as a whistle besides being black.
I'm going to put some new fluids in there and run it. I guess it probably should have been tightened several times by now is why it screwed in so far. And maybe it was 8-10 half turns

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8-10 1/2 turns is more like it. pretty normal if you put a lot of miles on a new chain.
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I added 11-12 oz of new synthetic gear oil, backed my trailer under a tree and hoisted the sled up. The track still goes around so I guess it's good to go.:D

I've ridden it 2609 miles so far this season.
I plan to ride this coming weekend.
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