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Question How hard is it to change your own chain & sprockets - March 11, 2011, 08:45 AM

I have a K4 Gixxer6 and i believe its time to change my Chain and sprockets (CnS). I got it figured, the conversions and the type I will buy. I would like the community to help me out.

How is the process to change both CnS?
Would I need a special tool for the Chain?


I do have the shop manual for the bike, just curious how many of you done it your selves too.
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March 11, 2011, 09:11 AM

Slick techniques make it a not so hard job.

Ill start with sprockets.
Rear is a no brainer. but if you dont have air or electric impact wrenches be sure to lossen them up on the ground. (rear).

Front sprockets have a locking ring on it (at least kawis do) you will need a punch or flat type of metal to flatten the ring.

This is where you will need a breaker bar to lossen the front sprocket. Im not going to put what I do since some might disagree....

Chain.
I noramly just take my grinder (or you can use a dremel) and cut it off in 30 seconds.
I have a friend with a shop that I give them to (normaly i put chains on race bikes and need length) To me its hard as hell using the chain tool to remove chains.

Installation depends on your chain tool, but i use a cheap motion pro and a ratchet and take my time locking it down. In the last 6 years never had a problem with chains coming off.



here is the front sprocket lock ring...
i use a beat up flat screw driver to help pry this lock up..then use the flat punch to get it from around the nutt.




use impact to losen up the nuts b4 you lift the bike off the ground..just loosen.







Long breaker bars make this part of the job easy.

impact gun works also, but it might spin the wheels or motor if you leave it in gear.




the longer the better


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March 11, 2011, 09:15 AM

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the longer the better
that's what she said... sorry, had to.

It's easy, you need a chain tool usually. Impact gun is better than a breaker bar.
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March 11, 2011, 09:16 AM

Its quick and easy. If you have the tools...

I can swap out a chain and sprockets in around 30-45 min now, and Im no mechanic. But I have; stands, an angle grinder (to cut off old chain), impact wrench (to remove front sprocket), and a chain breaker and riveting tool.

And Ive done a few. With out the above tools its a giant PITA and worth while to take it to a shop.


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March 11, 2011, 09:17 AM

you might have to take the wheel of and on 2 times...

remove front sprocket
remove rear sprocket
remove chain
remove wheel.
install
front sprocket
intall rear sprcket
intall wheel back on.

set wheel at the right mark/location you want it.

snugg it up.

put new chain on and mark location to cut (if the chain is too long like they are most times).

cut new chain to size.
check again... do a dummy install.( put lock link on and make sure wheel is set to the location you want it.

next i would remove the wheel again to bive myself room to start to press the lock link down.

then BAM!!!


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that's what she said... sorry, had to.

It's easy, you need a chain tool usually. Impact gun is better than a breaker bar.
sometimes the impact wrench will spin the whole bike and wheel. or turn the motor.

I use impact guns, but really like to break the nut with a long breaker bar. Real quick snapp... and you are safe. (front sprocket only im talking about)

Imact on the rest.


It's easy to anyone who have done it....
but your first time might not seem that way.

the more detailed infromation you have the better.

Like the flat punch for getting the lock washer off the front nut.


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March 11, 2011, 10:11 AM

Sweet, I will see what amazon has to offer regarding the impact wrench. I wonder if putting the chain on is just as simple
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OKAY...OKAY....

I''' be the voice of reason here....IT IS QUICK SIMPLE AND EASY IF you've A) done it before or B) struggled before and learned as you went along. C) you have someone who has done it before.

I think with just about EVERY other job there is always someone that says...YES THIS IS SIMPLE AND EASY. When in reality it can be kinda hard IF you don't know exactly what your are doing.

-Be careful with a chain tool b/c you can snap the press/pins used to remove the pin in the chain to take it off.
-When you take off the front sprocket (probably 1 or 2 difficult parts) use leverage with breaker bar. I also sick something in between rear wheel and swing arm to keep the wheel from moving.
-That locking washer is kinda tricky especially if you haven't seen one before b/c at first I was scratching my head thinking WTH?
-I used a hand grinder to shave off the head of the rivit in order to punch out the pin...it's pretty straightforward.

can't think of anything else...but post up if you have questions. Also don't know how mechanically oriented you are in doing work on stuff so all of this may be in vain.


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March 11, 2011, 10:32 AM

Oh 4 sure talk....Im sure it will take him 2 to 4 hours to do it.

What we dont know Is if he is mechanicaly inclined? If so then it will not take him as long. At the same time generaly if you are mechanicaly inclined you could just look at it and figure the whole thing out.

When I did my first one the only thing I was wondering about was how the chain lock press thing work. But the instructions was in the package and it was a ok.

My first time probably took about 2 hours or so..learning as i went.


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When breaking the counter shaft nut loose do not have it in gear!!!!!!!!! Stick a piece of wood thru the wheel over the swing arm if using the breaker bar. also if this is your first time doing rivet master link then buy at least 2. You will screw up the 1st one easy. Also get a torque wrench to tighten everything since you are new to this.


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It took me an hour just to clean and relube my chain last night. Then again I made that chain squeeky clean before lubing it up


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Good, that would be a first.
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do you guys buy your parts separately or find "kits?" i found this one place that has several kit options. thought it was pretty convenient and they had a DID/Renthal combo kit. exactly what i was looking for. unfortuately, that place was in the UK.


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do you guys buy your parts separately or find "kits?" i found this one place that has several kit options. thought it was pretty convenient and they had a DID/Renthal combo kit. exactly what i was looking for. unfortuately, that place was in the UK.
I bought my 520 conversion as a kit, however I had the choice of making my own kit by picking my front/rear sprockets and chain type and weight with pull down menus. I can't remember what site I used though


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Im picky...
since all the chain swaps I do go on race bikes I normaly do

DID EV chains...every single time..they have held up and look great.
Vortex Steel front sprocket..held up and last.
DRiven/Vortex rear sprockets (stop using Vortex alum because they wear faster than other alum sprockets) and street I have that gold alum center with steet teeth sprocket...i 4get what its called.


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