Chain alignment tool

Discussion in 'Rider Skills Help' started by killerhaggis, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. killerhaggis

    killerhaggis Its only a flesh wound!! Read Only

    What do peeps on here use?.. lost my laser thing and just wondered what alternatives are out there, I never trust the marks on the swinging arm.
  2. Wolfie

    Wolfie Is a lunp Read Only

    tape measure.
  3. Punchy

    Punchy Registered User Read Only

    String and a tape measure.

  4. mickeystitch

    mickeystitch Quietly Watching Club Sponsor

    got one of those little laser things, brought it off someone on here ( cant remember who ) @tu*

    Workd a treat and guy over road did his ducati with it the other week, took it for a service and steeler said first time he had checked one that was spot on :-0)
  5. Tribal-Wolf

    Tribal-Wolf Crash Test Dummy Read Only

    Explain please. I was gonna buy a tool but I already have string @tu*
  6. Wolfie

    Wolfie Is a lunp Read Only

    centre od axle to end of swinging arm is the easy way,

    or centre of axle to centre os swinging arm mounting bolt,

    or centre of front and rear axles with front pointing straight ahead

    peg hanger bolt to centre of axle.

    two of the above together gets me good, then like lumpy adjust both adjusters by same amount and do quick measure again after wards. think my adjuster marks were out by 3mm one against the other.

    easy visual check the handle bars are not straight whilst you are riding straight, if bars are pointing right then you need to tighten right adjuster or slacken left one to pull it back in line.

    unless your frame is bent, then you are fecked what ever way you do it.
  7. Centaur

    Centaur Site Pedant Club Sponsor

    Line up the marks.

    Then ride it and make sure it's steering straight. I've never had the marks out on a Honda.:-0)
  8. g1948

    g1948 Registered User Read Only

    I bought one of them little manual gauges, with the straight rod thingy off an auction site, £11 or so, haven't used it yet but have noticed my right handlebar is slightly off, compared to the left. Rides okay though and
    I can take my hands off the bars no problem, though can't ride for another coupla weeks
  9. ScubaDiver

    ScubaDiver Registered User Read Only


    laser tool........:yo:

    RED IS BEST...
  10. Geoff James

    Geoff James Registered User Read Only

  11. masterofevil

    masterofevil Registered User Read Only

    Patronising Old Git

    I've have had Kwaks, Suzis, Yams, Hondas and Hinkley Triumphs over 25 years and they have all been 99.9 -100 % spot on as far as the alignment marks on the swing arm/adjusters go ! But I do have one of those laser adjusters and they do shine a lovely straight line from the rear sprocket along the chain to the front sprocket to give you a warm feeling after adjusting the chain !
  12. DEG5Y

    DEG5Y Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    I've been considering this one (cheapest I've seen it)

    But I can't decide whether I can justify its cost as in six years I've only needed to adjust the chain four times as the Scotoiler does its job so well.
  13. CBRDEAN0

    CBRDEAN0 Registered User Read Only

  14. ScottyUK

    ScottyUK Filtering Through Club Sponsor

    That's the D-CAT and not the L-CAT - difference being a dot laser vs line laser. If you want a dot laser then this one is even cheaper:

    Is a line laser (approx £90 delivered) worth it compared with a dot laser at £33 delivered?

    p.s. I've been looking at getting something like this too :)
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2016
  15. DEG5Y

    DEG5Y Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    I had been watching the line laser as I would expect it to be a little less fiddly.

    It would also come in handy at work whenever I have to lower myself to do a fitters job!
  16. CBRDEAN0

    CBRDEAN0 Registered User Read Only

    Ah - ok - I stand corrected.

    Mine is the D-CAT dot laser and was around £30 in the jan sales last year.

    The dot laser does the job just as well - very little wheel rotation needed to show the dot all the way up to the front sprocket
  17. ramo

    ramo rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Club Sponsor

    I bought one of those ?32.99 ones,

    good tool and easy to use, I don't find it fiddly at all @tu*
  18. ScottyUK

    ScottyUK Filtering Through Club Sponsor

    I decided to splash out and got the line version. I justified it to myself ("man maths" at work on the fact I run a track bike and those wheels are in and out a lot more.

    I adjusted the bird's chain today using the CAT and it made it a lot quicker and easier. I then used my old method to cross check and it all matched up. @tu*

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