Wheel/Chain Alignment

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Wheel/Chain Alignment

Post by Fish » Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:44 pm

So what's the better option, laser or metal rod attachment?

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Re: Wheel/Chain Alignment

Post by Richzx6r » Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:48 pm

I'd guess laser as it cant get bent, I just use luck and some eye line, give the wheel a quick spin and see if its catching on the sprockets or not it not I'd surmise it's good
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Re: Wheel/Chain Alignment

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:54 pm

So often it depends more on how the device attaches. I just do it by eye and so far the sky hasn't fallen down. I reckon some of the gadgets are mainly to pander to those suckers like me who like buying tools.
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Re: Wheel/Chain Alignment

Post by Tiggie » Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:12 pm

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Re: Wheel/Chain Alignment

Post by TimR » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:31 am

I bought the lazer monkey from tru tension a while ago as a aid for my wife to adjust her own chain

Too many variables ....

It has to sit on the sprocket true and it only clamps by two bits of plastics under compression tension .
There are mutiple hinged points that have some free play in so can give a false reading .
You potentially have to remove items to use it ie chain guard .
The batteries supplied are for testing only and last about 30 secs.

You have to manually move the laset head again on a hinge that will sway and alter the placement....
So in my opinion its crap but it can be used as a check tool after doing it manually ie string method

Did think about getting the magnet laser style but how does it determine if your chain sits deep enough for the laser height etc
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Re: Wheel/Chain Alignment

Post by megawatt » Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:41 pm

I just measure the distance apart of the spindle centres on both sides. Seems to work.
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Re: Wheel/Chain Alignment

Post by Fish » Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:38 pm

megawatt wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:41 pm
I just measure the distance apart of the spindle centres on both sides. Seems to work.
Sadly the exhaust is in the way on the offside. Off to buy a sprocket laser (also love a gadget).

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Re: Wheel/Chain Alignment

Post by xMachina » Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:12 pm

I've got a laser monkey too, I also think its a bit pants. Worked great on my WR125 and I was really impressed by it, however on both the Bandit and the Gixxer it's totally useless. It never seems to want to stay put, and as TimR mentioned, the moment you move the laser bit it shifts and you have to start again. It's frustrating as I got great results with it previously, I think it really depends on your sprocket type.
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