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My chain needed a little tightening so i brought it down to the gagrage. I tried to loosen the 17mm bolts w/ a 3/8 socket wrench with no luck, then i got a longer wrench and finally got it. I moved up to do the next one, it was a little tough but not as tough as the first one. Then i went to the bolts on the right side, i new i couldn't get them in there so i took the caliper off. Then i got the same wrench i was using and went for the top right bolt and i knew it wasn't gonna work. These things were on tight!! I gave it one last really really hard tug and i broke a 6-point 14mm socket! Then, while looking for another one i found my 1/2 to 3/8 converter, i used my longest 1/2 wrench and went back to the machine. I pulled hard again and broke this one in 2!!!! Looking at the top adjuster bar i realized from trying to break it loose it was bent like a tilde~ I was getting frustrated, but i wanted to give it one more try, i found my last 6-point 14mm and went for it and I finally got it!!! Then i tightened my chain and i was done. Theres my story, i was wondering if anyone else had this much trouble tightneing there chain??


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next time, get some metaal piping and put it over the socket wrench. then you have twice the leverage. make sure t is around 2 ft. long.

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buy a snap-on 1/2" drive socket and breaker bar j/k. if your adjuster bar was crooked, are you sure the axle's lined up properly with the front?
 

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I was looking for piping but couldn't find any and i didnt want buy some. I'll post a pic of my adjuster bar when i get back from drum lessons.


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i hope the tools were craftsman(or any company with a lifetime warrenty). that would w00ter me off if they werent. i broke an 8mm socket getting the oil filter cover off my dads quad. first time changing the oil in a year. he just broke it in. it was pathetic. luckily, it was craftman.

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I had trouble too. I had to use my breaker bar. Didn't break anything though. It is hard to tell if the marks match on each side. I wish they would have used the same size bolts on both sides, that would make it easier to get them to line up.
 

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I had problems keep it tight (chain)

I had problems keeping my chain tight. After ever ride I needed to adjust it. So I loosed up all 4 bolts and rest the alingment and cranked down on them good. It's been perfect for the last 4 rides.
After reading this post, I went out to see if I could still loosen them and sure enough I could. Now I hope I tightened them back up good enough. Will find out tomorrow.

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The first time I tightened my chain I had a really hard time getting those bolts loose!! I didn't break anything but I wasn't sure if I could get them. I haven't checked my chain for a while, I should do that today.
 
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We put a 13 Tooth Front Sprocket on yesterday and we noticed the same thing. We just hooked 2 wrenches together and they came loose....but I will say...they were certainly TIGHT.

BTW....with that 13 up front....we get a lot more use out of 3rd gear now in the "tighter" stuff without boggin'.
 

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I had to use a 1/2" drive foot long breaker bar to initial loosen those bolts up. *whoah* that sucked.
 

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lol.........I started to try to loosen mine with a 3/8 drive and started to laugh. I thought i was a *ussy or some thing. I was even planning in going to buy a breaker bar and a torque wrench. Now i know to pick those up for sure. Hey GENERAL, your pic and name made me laugh when i first seen em'. Nice.
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Iam with you Zero, tight buggers. Make sure a torque wrench is used to put them at spec. If not you will fight them after every ride.....
 

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I don't have a torque wrench but i made them very tight, but so i couldn't get them off. I can't even tell if have it aligned right because the the adjuster bars r bent. One of these days i get teh pic, hopefully soon.


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Mine were wicked tight also I almost had to get out the 1/2" impact wrench but I was able to free the last one with a box end wrench and 5 lb sledge hammer.
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I have a trusty 1.5-2 foot length of pipe around every time I need to adjust it.
 
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