Re: What's the real reason for Chain Tensioners
Did some modification on my stock chain guide. I did some mill work and belt-sander work on the bracket and drilled for a cross screw (remember, the area you are putting a 1/32" hole into is going to be totally captivated by 1/8" plates and two 5/16" bolts depending on the kit).
Made an aluminum pulley and pressed the bearing into it. It took a little bracket fine tuning to put it dead in line but I have it dialed in now as witnessed by two light gray centered tracks.
The bigger pulley has a much kinder radius on the chain path and spins at a nice roll.
I spent a morning working with chain lengths and half links but all variations put my wheel in a poor position in the drop outs. I was able to get both chains set about right with the wheel pulled full back but really needed to take out just a bit of slack in the drive chain and keep it from slapping the fender. Sorry I don't have any good stories, hope not to.