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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-05-2018, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Chain cleaning /lube . Tightening

I have 2200 miles on my V4S and have noticed my chain was very dirty . I decided to clean it and check the slack on the chain as well. If anyone is looking for a great tool for chain cleaning I use the kettenmax system. Pretty easy to use and works really well. Anyway, after cleaning the chain and waxing it I checked the chain slack . The stickers on the swing arm instructs you to measure and find the center point between the front and rear sprockets which measure approx 27” so the center would be 13.5” approx. following that down to the corresponding chain link you measure down from the plastic slider above the chain to the center of the chain link . Ducati says 23-25 mm chain slack . .90-.97” . My chain measured out at 1.375” or 34mm which is very loose . I noticed the chain making some noise and slapping a bit . I will be tightening back to between factory specs and report back . I have been noticing a “choppy throttle and I’m pretty sure it’s because the chain has stretched out. Will report back soon .

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I have 2200 miles on my V4S and have noticed my chain was very dirty . I decided to clean it and check the slack on the chain as well. If anyone is looking for a great tool for chain cleaning I use the kettenmax system. Pretty easy to use and works really well. Anyway, after cleaning the chain and waxing it I checked the chain slack . The stickers on the swing arm instructs you to measure and find the center point between the front and rear sprockets which measure approx 27” so the center would be 13.5” approx. following that down to the corresponding chain link you measure down from the plastic slider above the chain to the center of the chain link . Ducati says 23-25 mm chain slack . .90-.97” . My chain measured out at 1.375” or 34mm which is very loose . I noticed the chain making some noise and slapping a bit . I will be tightening back to between factory specs and report back . I have been noticing a “choppy throttle and I’m pretty sure it’s because the chain has stretched out. Will report back soon .
Have you adjusted it before? I typically see the first couple thousand miles have the most stretch.
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Chain adjustment

I had adjusted my chain 3 times by 2000 kms.

I now have 2800 kms on the bike and the chain has settled in nicely.

I would also note that the QS on the V4 is EXTREMELY sensitive to a loose chain.

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Update..... clean cleaning and tightening made a very big difference to my “choppy”1st gear throttle engagement. Smoothed it out and feels like a brand new bike again. Amazing how the small things have a pretty drastic impact on this bike . I do not remember my 1098s or 1199s being so Finicky. Anyway, to all that may have be experiencing harder shifting or just over all loss of performance check the chain and clean that thing up and adjust the slack.
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