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Okay, so I lied... the work isn't epic nor extreme in any sense :lol: but I do need some help...

As most of ya know, I'm not exactly the most advanced motorcycle mechanic in any sense, but I'm doing my best to learn... I have the zx12r parked in my garage... debating whether I should attempt the work it needs myself or put it in a shop... I don't wanna f*ck things up and blow it to pieces lol, but that's for a 'coming soon' thread...

Right now, I'm riding my Ninja 500r so I can save some gas and let the zx12r rest a bit. I was looking it over and it needs the chain to be tightened. I figured this would be something simple that I can learn to do myself and save a few dollars as apposed to going to a shop... but I have no idea how...

So, can anyone explain how to tighten up the chain on my 500r?

If I accomplish this, I will be skilled in:

Oil Changes
Fairing Assembly
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Tightening the chain :crazyloco:
 

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I'm a firm believer that if you can learn to ride it, you can learn to take it down to nuts and bolts and put her back together again.......

It's just a different curve is all......
 

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Yea the minor stuff like that you really need to learn, its something you should maintain all the time. You should check it everytime you ride(I know most dont, but should) as well as air presure, fluid levels and what not.
Shops charge way to much, so if you can use a wrench then I suggest learning. I know so far everything I have done I was petrified going into it and so glad I saved the money after it was so easy. Front forks was my biggie. cause that would have cost me an arm and a leg and I did it myself for like $40. My big problem is not having a garage. I would do so much more if I had the room. Got my shed cleaned up the best I can so Ill be doing some work over the winter.
 

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I'm a firm believer that if you can learn to ride it, you can learn to take it down to nuts and bolts and put her back together again.......

It's just a different curve is all......
I know my car inside and out... but the bike makes me a little bit more nervous... less margin for error. But I'm gonna do my best to learn it inside and out as well.
 

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Yea the minor stuff like that you really need to learn, its something you should maintain all the time. You should check it everytime you ride(I know most dont, but should) as well as air presure, fluid levels and what not.
Shops charge way to much, so if you can use a wrench then I suggest learning. I know so far everything I have done I was petrified going into it and so glad I saved the money after it was so easy. Front forks was my biggie. cause that would have cost me an arm and a leg and I did it myself for like $40. My big problem is not having a garage. I would do so much more if I had the room. Got my shed cleaned up the best I can so Ill be doing some work over the winter.
Oh yea, I agree... I can do car work myself and save a ton there instead of going to a shop... and I need to get to the same point with my bikes. I want to be able to do the regular maintenance as well as the bigger jobs, bc I love riding my bikes but I also love working on them
 

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you only have to overtighten your chain 1 time to ruin it , pages127-132 in your owners manual and like the book says 90wt works best, i let it soak overnight ,most chain lube gums up ,if you ride in rain or wash at carwash lube it
 
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