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Old 07-27-2018, 05:34 PM   #241
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A detail I didn't mention is that the axle nut has to be loose to make adjustments.
Oh, I was thinking I would get them to where they were at least touching the blocks before losing the axle nut, then do the final alignment.
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Old 07-27-2018, 08:30 PM   #242
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On a lot of bikes, those marks aren’t accurate - not sure about the AT. Usually the best way to do it is adjust the chain side to get the correct tension on the chain and then adjust the other side so the rear sprocket aligns with the center of the chain (not hitting the links on the left or right side as the chain meshes with the sprocket teeth. There are tools you can buy to make sure it’s properly adjusted. But, if you take your time and sight it from the rear, you should be able to get it properly aligned.
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Those are the adjusters for the chain tension. The bolt heads should be in contact with the blocks. There is likely an alignment mark on both sides of the bike and they should should be adjusted the same. The nut is a lock nut. It should be snug against the base of the bolt, not the head.

Edit: On the AT, those lines are likely the marks that you want to be equal from side to side.


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Edit: The marks on my AT are pretty close to even. Iíve verified it with a chain alignment tool as well.
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Old 08-02-2018, 06:04 PM   #244
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On a lot of bikes, those marks arenít accurate - not sure about the AT. Usually the best way to do it is adjust the chain side to get the correct tension on the chain and then adjust the other side so the rear sprocket aligns with the center of the chain (not hitting the links on the left or right side as the chain meshes with the sprocket teeth. There are tools you can buy to make sure itís properly adjusted. But, if you take your time and sight it from the rear, you should be able to get it properly aligned.
Hey, never thought of doing that way. Sounds MUCH easier and probably more accurate than me eye balling it from behind! lol
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Old 08-03-2018, 05:44 PM   #246
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On a lot of bikes, those marks arenít accurate - not sure about the AT. Usually the best way to do it is adjust the chain side to get the correct tension on the chain and then adjust the other side so the rear sprocket aligns with the center of the chain (not hitting the links on the left or right side as the chain meshes with the sprocket teeth. There are tools you can buy to make sure itís properly adjusted. But, if you take your time and sight it from the rear, you should be able to get it properly aligned.
At first glance, there seems to be a cover over the top of the chain that prevents the eye ball method. Has anyone tried it this way?
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At first glance, there seems to be a cover over the top of the chain that prevents the eye ball method. Has anyone tried it this way?


Yes - three 6mm allen screws and that cover comes off easily.
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Thanks. You know this thing inside and out, Cody.
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Old 09-04-2018, 12:18 PM   #249
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Put another oem chain on yesterday. Got 20k miles out of first one. It had a tight spot in it, so decided to change it.

I am happy! I change my sprockets out every other chain. Tutoro Oiler works like a charm.
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Put another oem chain on yesterday. Got 20k miles out of first one. It had a tight spot in it, so decided to change it.

I am happy! I change my sprockets out every other chain. Tutoro Oiler works like a charm.
I'm right at 14000 on mine. I'm not sure how to tell when you need one other than when it stretches so far you can't adjust it.
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Old 09-04-2018, 12:41 PM   #251
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I'm right at 14000 on mine. I'm not sure how to tell when you need one other than when it stretches so far you can't adjust it.
mine still had a lot more of adjustment to go. You will start to feel it get notchy, especially at slow speed when you take off from a stop. Mine could have gone another 10k miles based upon stretch. I don't like notchy chains. You can also examine each link and see if you have a frozen link. I had a couple.

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Hey guys...been thinking about getting a AT for awhile now. Just got back from a guided tour in AK where I upgraded to the AT, so that I could try it out. First thing...when I got the bike it had over 59000 miles on it (less than 2 years old!). Right off the bat that told me it was durable. I put almost 1400 on it in the week I rode it. No problems. A couple other ATs on the ride blew fork seals. We rode mostly paved, but did about 30% dirt, some of which was pretty rough. Also each day the guide had "extra credit" rides for anyone interested. Usually 10-15 miles out and back on jeep roads...until the road ended or became to bad to continue. I was surprised at what all the bike could handle off-road. All in all...I was impressed. Obviously not a Goldwing, but very comfortable on the highway. Couple of days we did close to 300 miles and no worse for the wear! Pretty much ready to get one. Hoping to find a good low mileage one that someone has all tricked out! Otherwise may wait for the new ADV model.
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I'm right at 14000 on mine. I'm not sure how to tell when you need one other than when it stretches so far you can't adjust it.
Lightly tap the side of the chain midway between the front and rear sprockets. If you hear rattling, that means some of the O-rings are toast and the chain is not long for this world. The biggest factor for chain life is keeping the O-rings intact. They keep the water/dirt out of the area inside the roller pins. Rust will destroy the O-rings.

If the chain has worn so bad that you are at or near the end of the adjustment range, I'd definitely replace it!
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Hey guys...been thinking about getting a AT for awhile now. Just got back from a guided tour in AK where I upgraded to the AT, so that I could try it out. First thing...when I got the bike it had over 59000 miles on it (less than 2 years old!). Right off the bat that told me it was durable. I put almost 1400 on it in the week I rode it. No problems. A couple other ATs on the ride blew fork seals. We rode mostly paved, but did about 30% dirt, some of which was pretty rough. Also each day the guide had "extra credit" rides for anyone interested. Usually 10-15 miles out and back on jeep roads...until the road ended or became to bad to continue. I was surprised at what all the bike could handle off-road. All in all...I was impressed. Obviously not a Goldwing, but very comfortable on the highway. Couple of days we did close to 300 miles and no worse for the wear! Pretty much ready to get one. Hoping to find a good low mileage one that someone has all tricked out! Otherwise may wait for the new ADV model.
If you go new, check with Honda of Russellville (Arkansas). They will usually beat most any other shop on price to the point you can buy most of your accessories and still be around the price of just the bike if you buy it anywhere else. They beat my best local dealer price by $2401.
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Hey guys...been thinking about getting a AT for awhile now. Just got back from a guided tour in AK where I upgraded to the AT, so that I could try it out. First thing...when I got the bike it had over 59000 miles on it (less than 2 years old!). Right off the bat that told me it was durable. I put almost 1400 on it in the week I rode it. No problems. A couple other ATs on the ride blew fork seals. We rode mostly paved, but did about 30% dirt, some of which was pretty rough. Also each day the guide had "extra credit" rides for anyone interested. Usually 10-15 miles out and back on jeep roads...until the road ended or became to bad to continue. I was surprised at what all the bike could handle off-road. All in all...I was impressed. Obviously not a Goldwing, but very comfortable on the highway. Couple of days we did close to 300 miles and no worse for the wear! Pretty much ready to get one. Hoping to find a good low mileage one that someone has all tricked out! Otherwise may wait for the new ADV model.
Hey Travis, I will sell you mine for $20,000 tonight at the meeting LOL, I have no desire to trick another bike out for a few years

I hear a lot about fork seals blowing on the AT, or all usd forks. I had a left one weeping when I bought it (5k miles). I lowered the dust seal and used the motion pro fork cleaning tool (that thin piece of plastic that cleans the inside of the seal). I also added Seal Savers that velcro to the outside. No problems, knock on wood. I did change my fork oil about 7k miles ago to 10w.

I also replaced the rear shock spring from Cogent ($150) made my world right again. The best farkle for me was the Camel Tank. That 5 gallon tank drove me crazy on long tours. 6.7 gallons now and I stop when I WANT not when the bike needs.
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...been thinking about getting a AT for awhile now...
Yeah, Travis, I think you should pull the trigger on this. And if you get one with black rims, I'll trade you for a really cool, rare set of gold ones! ...and handlebars too.
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Yeah, Travis, I think you should pull the trigger on this. And if you get one with black rims, I'll trade you for a really cool, rare set of gold ones! ...and handlebars too.
If he doesn't hit you up on this and you really want to swap, I'd trade you. I think the gold would look good on the red and white.
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If he doesn't hit you up on this and you really want to swap, I'd trade you. I think the gold would look good on the red and white.
I have seen a couple pictures of Red, and White ATs with Gold rims, they do look very good.
At least there would be one I could tell wasn't my bike

I'm thinking of getting a Jack in the box Ball on an antenna for the next ride

As far as the weeping seals go, cleaning below the Dust seal usually fixes it as misterk mentioned. either way, fork seals are pretty easy to change if needed.
it is just part of riding off road. (can you tell I've owned KTM's for the last 28 years)
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Fun video to watch:
That would be fun. I'd like to run the COTA
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