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Chain and Sprocket Replacement - September 26, 2012, 09:14 PM

Ellicott City Motorsports wanted $250 labor for changing out my chain and F/R sprockets. their posted labor rate is $98/hr. does it take 2-1/2 to do this job?

and should i really get new f/r sprockets with new chain? they are stock with 30k miles of use, but looks fine to me. the chain is toast.

they also recommended a full service for $400. so i am looking at parts and labor of close to $1000 on a bike that's worth $4000. (2006 V-Strom 1000)

i say fuck it, just install a new chain only, the bike runs fine. i'll ride this thing to the grave.
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September 26, 2012, 09:18 PM

It's always a good idea to do front and rear sprockets while doing the chain change. So that everything wears together properly.

Honestly you can do the work yourself pretty easily. You just need a breaker bar or impact gun for the front sprocket. Rear sprocket is easy.


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September 26, 2012, 09:43 PM

bring it over .. I will change it for you and it wont take 2.5hrs


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September 26, 2012, 10:09 PM

If you can wait until sunday I can do it for you. You would have to come out to manassas va. Let me know if you want to do it.
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September 26, 2012, 10:13 PM

What's the maintenance for 400 entail?

Unless its ALL fluids and valve adjustment seems pricey.

Kudos to you guys for helping out - I know who to harass when I need a new chain now


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September 26, 2012, 10:13 PM

OEM sprockets are typically pretty damn tough but with 30K the sprockets may look fine but I suspect they have taken a set to the old stretched out chain at this point. A new chain on the old sprockets may not last long.

$250.00 to swap out the chain and sprockets sounds pretty damn steep. I'd either find someone you trust that has the proper tools or go to one of the smaller independent shops that post here.


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September 26, 2012, 10:33 PM

^this. Replace the sprockets too, you'll thank us in the long run. Ask Chris, he can help or a lot of people on here. Not too hard of a job.


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September 26, 2012, 10:47 PM

Maybe $250 if it includes the sprockets and chain. Otherwise no.

It's not rocket science. But you should have somebody show you how the first time or two. A simple master link clip type really isn't difficult. Where you run into issues is if you have to cut the chain or use a rivet master link.

Realistically, can be done in an hour easily with the right tools. Especially if it's a clip type and the correct number of links in the chain. I did mine 2 weeks ago. (Rivet masterlink snafu annoyed the heck out of me, but all is well now.

And yes, replace sprockets and chain at the same time if you have a decent amount of mileage. 30K miles definitely qualifies for that. Otherwise the wear on the older sprockets will prematurely wear the new chain, which will in turn wear the sprockets even faster. Bad cycle there. You really don't want a chain failing and going through the cases on deceleration because you tried to save a few bucks.


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250 bucks!?! Wow...

I swapped out my sprockets and chain in about an hour or so. Definitely not 2 1/2 hours. Definitely get the new sprockets while you are at it.

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September 27, 2012, 05:08 AM

Somewhere around here I've got a pic of my oem front sprocket after I changed just the chain. I was heading south on I81 just south of I64 and it felt like the clutch was slipping really bad. Turns out there were no teeth left on the front sprocket. It had looked good when I'd swapped out the chain just two days before. No hard riding had occurred since the chain was swapped, just highway miles from college park to that spot on I81.

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September 27, 2012, 05:29 AM

With that many miles, just change the sprockets along with the chain.

For $250 I can buy new front and rear sprockets, chain tool, a piece of conduit to use as a breaker bar and wheel choke, and whatever socket size needed for the front nut. If you don't mind doing the work then it isn't a hard job. Otherwise, support local business?

I'm not gonna offer you my help. Errbody else has that covered. Any MD'ers lurking though, I can help.


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September 27, 2012, 06:27 AM

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What's the maintenance for 400 entail?
this is a comprehensive service. they go over the whole bike; replace all fluids. valve adjustment, etc.
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September 27, 2012, 06:30 AM

good deal?

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September 27, 2012, 06:38 AM

thanks for the offer to help guys. who is closest to ellicott city? i'll pay you for labor or number of beers.

i'll just have the dealer do the valves, and do i need to replace any bearings?
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