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Old 05-27-2012, 11:30 PM
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Default Re: How make a Chain tensioner ?

Most derailer sprockets are made of plastic. They won't hold up to the stress of an engine drive chain. The photo you show is a steel industrial sprocket available at industrial suppliers. It will take some fabrication skills to adapt one to your needs.

A better alternative is a skateboard wheel. It will need to be grooved to fit the chain but most of the better ones have good bearings and are made of polyurethane that will wear well and run quiet.
Here's some reading on the subject for you >

Good luck.

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