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April 24, 2003, 09:02 PM

Is there an easy way to tell if a chain needs to be replaced? How hard is it to remove, and how expensive is a chain break tool, ore whatever they are called? If a chain has a significant amount of rust on it, I'm guessing it's time to get a new one. But interested in any info.

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April 24, 2003, 09:09 PM

they say you should change your sprockets whenever you change the chain. i don't think its very expensive though... $50-75 total ??

how to get to the front sprocket, I don't know


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April 25, 2003, 09:02 AM

Telltale signs your chain needs to be replaced:
1) it has stretched beyond the manufacturers recommendation (refer to your service manual for the # of links and distance)
2) one or more of the links or link barrels are binding (assuming #1 doesn't apply, a thorough cleaning with WD40 or kerosense, and lube [I use PJ1 Black] might loosen up the links)
3) you can see the torn rubber o-rings

BAMMER's right and replace the sprockets too. Also, buy the best chain you can afford. When my OEM chain stretched to the manufacturers limit (at 10,000 miles), I replaced it with a Tsubaki Sigma. It's holding up alot better than the OEM, but it was $125.

I don't have a chain break, nor the skills or inclination to change the front sprocket so I paid the Suzuki dealer about $250 for front and rear sprockets, and the labor to replace them and the chain. Yes, all said and done it cost me about $375, which is why I say buy the best chain you can afford.


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April 25, 2003, 09:07 AM

rddy, another thing to check, and this should be easy since you have a center stand, slowly spin the rear wheel and watch the chain, if you see it get tighter and then looser as you're spinning the wheel, that tells you that the chain is unevenly stretched which is also an indication that it's time for a new one. This has happened to me before.


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Thanks for the responses. Since I have doubts about the chain, I'm going to go ahead and replace it. Thinking about a 520 conversion. Think I'll post something under the Race section to get feedback on gearing for Summit Point.

Oh, and fortunately this is not on my VFR, but unfortunately that means no center stand. Anyone have a Pit Bull rear stand they wanna sell?
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:laugh: Hahahaha, I did a quick ebay search for a pitbull stand, and this is what I came up with! Think it'll work? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&category=1283


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That just might work!!!
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Come on out to Winchester Dave...We'll take a look at it.


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If'n I can get her registered and insured tomorrow, I may just do that, but I think my agent is closed tomorrow.
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