Re: The *BEST* Solution for "THE" tensioner/pulley
My experience is welding it works best most of the time for my needs. It's secure and still allows easy adjustment without the hassle of shimming the motor mounts or half links.
I've built several bikes without a tensioner and I like the reduction in drag and noise, but getting the chain just right is a pain sometimes. Overall, the welded tensioner is the most convenient. I try to set them up for the least deflection possible which helps durability and keeps noise and drag to a minimum.
Of course,when you own a welder, everything needs to be tacked!
If more is better, then too much is just enough.
If you can't afford it, build it yourself.