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Old 10-23-2003, 11:34 AM   #1
 
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Re: Chain 'when to replace' question

My chain is not stretched to the 'replace' section of decal on swing arm, but can the rollers become loose from wear without necessarily be stretched to the replacement section/markings? The chain has about 13,300 miles on it and although I've been careful on the maintenance I have changed lube brands many times (some of which were junk) and have about (5) track days on them. I may check the slack again as I use a little more than the 1 3/4' and see where it lines up with markings. Any thoughts? One parts shop was sursprised I hadn't changed my chain yet, but I don't know if it was a sales related comment (if you know what I mean).

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Re: Chain 'when to replace' question

I thought this was another thread on when Chain was going to replace his bike!
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Re: Chain 'when to replace' question

SuperDave : but can the rollers become loose from wear without necessarily be stretched to the replacement section/markings? *
Yes.

But the real point here is that replacing a chain and sprockets is a pretty low-cost affair, so if you are contemplating things so intensely, just do it and put your mind at ease.
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Re: Chain 'when to replace' question

Red Rider : *I thought this was another thread on when Chain was going to replace his bike! *
Actually my next thread was on replacing Chain, but this one's on my bike's chain
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Re: Chain 'when to replace' question

See if your sprockets look worn. I've gotten 20k miles out of chains on my other bikes. I haven't found out yet how long the 929 chain will last. I'm guessing if you have aluminum sprockets as opposed to steel, it won't last for 20k, but I'm not sure. Does the chain have any kinks or tight spots?
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Re: Chain 'when to replace' question

warchild had an active chain failure. As described, it was not for the faint-of-heart.

A mechanic told me to check the play of the chain on the spocket to see if the rollers are worn. I'd say if a chain has more than 10k on it, it could need replacing if you are worried about a failure.
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Re: Chain 'when to replace' question

HondaGalToo : See if your sprockets look worn. *I've gotten 20k miles out of chains on my other bikes. *I haven't found out yet how long the 929 chain will last. *I'm guessing if you have aluminum sprockets as opposed to steel, it won't last for 20k, but I'm not sure. * Does the chain have any kinks or tight spots?
Not really, although I did use a cheap brand lube on the chain once and it basically dryed out the rollers to where they were squeking when chain was rotated. If just feels as if the rollers have a bit more play now and unsure of general chain life vs wasting mony on sprockets and chain. <shrug>

Oh, sprocket teeth still look decent (not new, but not pointing either).
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Re: Chain 'when to replace' question

figment : warchild had an active chain failure. As described, it was not for the faint-of-heart.

A mechanic told me to check the play of the chain on the spocket to see if the rollers are worn. I'd say if a chain has more than 10k on it, it could need replacing if you are worried about a failure.
Well I guess I'll look into replacing the stock chain with another 530 set. I'm not really worried about the chain failing (although I'd sh$t my pants if it ever did) I was more curious of whether I'm running on a chain/sprocket setup that was past it's replacement period. One last question, any noticable(riding wise) benefit with brand spanking new sprockets and chain?

Thanks to all who've responded already!
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Re: Chain 'when to replace' question

I've got about 20,000 miles and 30 track days on my chain and sprockets. The teeth look fine, and the chain is at the middle of the adjustment range. The wear doesn't indicate that I should change it.

There are a few of links that are a little stiffer than the others, but that is about it. Anyone think I should change it because of that?
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Re: Chain 'when to replace' question

I remember reading somewhere that if you pull the chain away from the rear sprocket at the back edge, if you see more than one half of the sprocket tooth under the chain it's time for replacement.
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Re: Chain 'when to replace' question

That is a good way to check but every chain I've replaced on my 929 has gotten kinks long before it was near the wear indicator (19k miles stock chain, 24k miles DID Xring).

If there are any tight spots, replace it. The chain tension should be nearly the same around the entire lenght of chain.
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Re: Chain 'when to replace' question

My friend got 40,000Km out of his chain on his 900RR.
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Re: Chain 'when to replace' question

I have found that the chain will start needing adjustments quite frequently just before needing to be replaced and the chain tends to get rusty quickly after lubing (yes I lube my chain every 300/500 miles). I have about 20,000 on my VFR chain, and it is close to needing to be replaced. That mileage is on a cheap RK X-ring chain, so more miles can probably be realized on a better chain.
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Re: Chain 'when to replace' question

Why not just go with a 520 chain SD? Save you some weight
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Re: Chain 'when to replace' question

I have over 21K on the chain on my 929 and it's fine.


How much does a like stock chain and sprocket set cost anyway??
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