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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-09-2019, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Chain & Laser Monkey?

Hi all,

Has anyone bought either of these two tools? They appear to make a nice easy job of tensioning the chain and ensuring the wheel is aligned. Iím tempted to order but thought Iíd see what you guys think? From the reviews Iíve watched the laser monkey seems to pick up on incorrectly aligned wheels even though they have been dialled in by eye using the markers.

https://www.tru-tension.co.uk/product/mega-tool-bundle/
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Totally un-necessary, is there even room for that on a Bobber!
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Totally un-necessary, is there even room for that on a Bobber!
It requires for the chain guard to be removed.

I appreciate itís something that is possible to live without but from what Iíve seen it makes it a lot easier and more convenient... as well as a lot more accurate.
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Looks like it would work but it seems very “extra”. I think it’s a cool tool and it certainly wouldn’t hurt to own one, but I just use my dial calipers to measure the axle position to make sure I am dead on on both sides.
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I looked at one for my belt drive (thanks for the sharing the link, BTW)
If i did any bike maintenance at home, i would probably get one.

I think that for any competent, basic level home mechanic & Bobber owner (the chain needs CONSTANT adjustment) this would be a worthwhile tool to take out the guesswork & make sure all tensions, etc are correct.
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Actually I have one, a chain monkey that is. I use a motion pro chain alignment tool for the other task. There is room on the bobber, I attach it to the bottom of the chain, when the bike is on a paddock stand. Once it is set up it makes the chain adjustment almost mindless. I like it, but I agree the task is not that difficult.
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I looked at one for my belt drive (thanks for the sharing the link, BTW)
If i did any bike maintenance at home, i would probably get one.

I think that for any competent, basic level home mechanic & Bobber owner (the chain needs CONSTANT adjustment) this would be a worthwhile tool to take out the guesswork & make sure all tensions, etc are correct.
I havenít had that experience at all. I touched the adjustment twice in 8k miles on mine. Possibly thatís because of my upgraded Regina chain??...maybe the stock chain is weaker. I wouldnít consider my experience as needing constant adjustment. I am curious as to how often others are adjusting.

The chain has a range of adjustment. It doesnít always have to be on the tightest end of the scale.
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Iím a bit of a throttle pig.
And quite a lot of city riding. So perhaps that made my chain (when I had one) require more frequent tensioning??
Iím no mechanic, so just my own reasoning as to why.

It would be interesting if the upgraded chain required less adjustments. But as each rider has a different style, i doubt that can ever be verified...
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I have a chain monkey - I've not used it on the Bobber yet as it hasn't done enough miles to need the chain adjusting after the first service. However I use it on my other bike and it does make it very simple to get the tension spot on. I wasn't sure it was worth it to be honest - but I have to say that it does make the task much simpler. I used to set it up and then need a bit of fettling to get it so I was happy with the tension. With the chain monkey I seem to get it set first time.
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Sorry to revive an older thread, but I always check the wheel alignment on every bike I've owned. I'm yet to do it on the speedmaster, but was thinking about a chain alignment tool to make it easier. but does the chain aligned to the engine mean the two wheels are aligned? Anyone done a test on this? I'm thinking I might test this out, just need to get another straight edge (used my old one in the garden lol). cheers
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