In over my head in seattle

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In over my head in seattle

Postby Whoopsididitagain » Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:51 pm

Hey guys!
So I had a nice little ninja 250 I fixed up this summer with some friends. I figured myself quite the up and coming mechanic, so I decided to bite off a little more than I could chew. Bought a 1998 YZF600R off Craigslist that needs a new chain, rear axle work, and has some idling issues. I have to move about 80 miles away for college tonight and gotta get this off my hands. I love the bike, I just can't afford the money and don't have the know how to get it working properly. Right now the rear axle is kinda stuck sideways. I tried to adjust the chain instead of buying a new one, and I think I might have messed up the houseing for it within the swingarm. I can't tighten it to the point where it will roll.
I messed up guys. I want to buy another yzf6r but find a working one this time. The current one is on Craigslist for $1000. I got it for $1300 so I figure that's fair?? I dunno guys I'm new to the motorcycle game and already losing.
If anyone has any suggestions or ideas, PLEASE, send them my way!!!
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Re: In over my head in seattle

Postby Micah » Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:47 am

If the rear wheel is not turning, is it bound up by the chain, or is it rubbing on the swing arm? There are two adjusters in the back of each swing arm. You must turn them the same number of turns as you’re increasing or decreasing chain slack.

I recommend starting over. Increase your chain slack by unlocking the chain adjuster nuts, and pushing the axle forward. You’ll need to crack the axle nut loose in order to do this, obviously. Then, set your chain slack appropriately (I think ¾ - 1 inch of play at the tight spot of the chain, measuring the chain slack underneath the swing arm. Then tighten your axle nut and lock your chain adjuster nuts on either side of the swing arm. Take one more measurement of chain slack, just to be sure that you didn’t accidentally tighten it as you finished up. You’re done! The wheel should spin reasonably freely while on a rear stand. If the rear wheel does not spin freely, you may have a wheel bearing issue, or the brake caliper may be seized on the brake rotor.
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Re: In over my head in seattle

Postby vashtsdaytona » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:10 pm

pictures would help
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