chain tightening

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I have a 1998 KTM EXC 125 and my chain is getting pretty loose. I was reading in my instruction manual that I need a torque wrench in order to tighten up my chain. The manual says if I do not have a torque wrench to see my dealer.
Well, you guessed it, I don't have a torque wrench. So, is it necessary to have one or can I just follow the directions in the manual and tighten my chain without a torque wrench?

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Dave
 

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Torque wrenches are cheap... 59 bucks at Sears. If you're working on your own bike, this is one tool besides your service manual you should have...
 

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"really tight" is pretty subjective.. If this guy is a big ass football player type, really tight might break the axle. If he's a skinny dork (like I used to be), really tight might not be good enough. This is why they make a tool to measure tightness.

As I said, 59 bucks at Sears, no guessing then.
 
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as indy said I am the big ass football player guy that would bust the axle.
Now, that being said, I have never used a torque wrench, and the book didn't tell me how much to tighten it. Is there a certain number I should be looking for.
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Your Service Manual should have all of the torque specs for your bike.. If you don't have one, I highly suggest that too.