Re: Finally not so lonely!
The chain will still have some slack after you've removed a bunch of links, but you want the least amount of slack as possible. Then install the idler.
Your frame and your idler mount might not be playing nice and you might have to heat and bent the long side back a little to get it to cooperate.
Oh, yeah. Don't rush.
I learned that the hard way.
2 WHEELS: '11 Huffy Good Vibrations, '11 Skyhawk GT5, 44t, CNSV2, NGK BPR7HIX, Bosch wire, shutupexhaust, 26x1.75kevlar tires, Tektro C230's, new stupid Bell chain