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Lug-Nuts
05-21-2014, 03:52 AM
In case you dont already know, I like to do things as inexpensively as possible.

So I decided it was time to put on a chain tensioner. My old method of tighten the chain sucked!

I went to the local freight damage store and picked u some hard rubbber wheels (2) with real bearings in them.

Then picked some bolts that fit bearing (metric)

Bought a clamp for the torsion spring and went to work.

Cost:
Wheels: 5.00
Bolts: 2.50
clamp: .99
Total: 8.49 :D

Lug-Nuts
05-21-2014, 03:54 AM
Some pics

http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/lug-nuts/IMAG0547_zpsd834c61f.jpg

http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/lug-nuts/IMAG0548_zps65d8ea80.jpg

Lug-Nuts
05-21-2014, 03:55 AM
Getting started on mounting the wheel

http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/lug-nuts/IMAG0554_zps8b6dfab6.jpg

Lug-Nuts
05-21-2014, 03:57 AM
MOAR

http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/lug-nuts/IMAG0555_zps206fa866.jpg

http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/lug-nuts/IMAG0556_zps744ddcda.jpg

Lug-Nuts
05-21-2014, 03:58 AM
A few more

http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/lug-nuts/IMAG0557_zps08f7c940.jpg

http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/lug-nuts/IMAG0558_zps78f8e2b3.jpg

Lug-Nuts
05-21-2014, 03:59 AM
Now I have to find a suitable place to mount this piece of sh1t.

This looked good

http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/lug-nuts/IMAG0559_zps52be559b.jpg

http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/lug-nuts/IMAG0560_zpsdeeb3d59.jpg

Lug-Nuts
05-21-2014, 04:01 AM
If you look closely at the bottom you can see the spring in there.

http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/lug-nuts/IMAG0561_zpsda617cfa.jpg

http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/lug-nuts/IMAG0562_zps31f79863.jpg

Lug-Nuts
05-21-2014, 04:01 AM
Here's a close up of the spring.

http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/lug-nuts/IMAG0564_zps777f3ccd.jpg

Lug-Nuts
05-21-2014, 04:02 AM
All done, painted, finished :D

http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/lug-nuts/IMAG0566_zps252e3ff4.jpg

http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/lug-nuts/IMAG0568_zps6ab66ef6.jpg

Lug-Nuts
05-21-2014, 04:04 AM
Well, now I just need to lube up the chain. Install the resistor for the TRE mod and go tear it up!

Xbird
05-21-2014, 10:22 AM
I like it, nicely done. Nothing POS about it! ;) I have one of a similar design but have no base area to mount it on to provide a stop for the spring "leg". My idler's been working ok, but chain stretch has it pretty sloppy and hate to go buy a larger sprocket.

Lug-Nuts
05-21-2014, 12:28 PM
It was a more of PITA than POS. Just trying to figure out how to make it work. I had the idea, and it changed a couple times. Took all day for me to figure out how make it work correctly.

I had to add a base area for the spring "leg" to make it all work.

I am happy with it so far.

bamabuggy
05-21-2014, 11:30 PM
I like it simple but strong good job

Lug-Nuts
05-21-2014, 11:49 PM
Thanks, now you can build too. The plans are free:D

turbomike9
07-03-2019, 12:59 PM
No Nylock??