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post #1 of 11 Old 05-18-2017, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Do these sprockets need changing?

While doing an oil change, I started to clean the front sprocket area, and noticed it has worn. The rear isn't worn as bad, but still noticeable. The bike has 22,800 miles on the ticker and I lube the chain before every ride. I use Maxima Chain Wax. The can says it's o-ring safe and sold at my dealership.

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I see some hooking. How worn is the chain? Do a stretch measurement. If the chain is at the end of its life, do sprockets and chain together.

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It's probably time to think about replacing the lot. As suggested do the chain stretch specification measurement.

Also is the chain coming off the rear sprocket when you pull at 3oclock position away from the sprocket? If there is significant play then that's another indication that the chain is getting to it's end.
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I'll Check the rear sprocket, and chain pull the chain back. Is there a good thread/video on how to measure chain stretch?

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Google is your friend. Put in the search terms with stromtrooper and you often find the answer. That's what I just did:
Stock chain wear measurement (new)

Simple, just count the links and measure the distance. You need a service manual. That spells it out in detail.
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I've never come close to the chain stretch limit. I've always gotten kinked links as the first sign of needing a new chain. Some people report a worn front sprocket as the first sign. The limit of 12.57" over 21 pins is too close to the 12.50" of a new chain to measure reliably.
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Also is the chain coming off the rear sprocket when you pull at 3oclock position away from the sprocket? If there is significant play then that's another indication that the chain is getting to it's end.
I agree with the above and with GW. If you are getting a 1/4 in. or more in play at the rear sprocket then I would start looking for a quality chain replacement including both sprockets.

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Obviously you've gotten good results in chain longevity with your procedure, but the general recommendation is to lube after riding. Presumably the lube will spread out better on a warm chain.
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I tried to pull the chain at the 3 0-clock position and it didn't pull back from the sprocket.

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REGINA CHAIN - Inspecting the chain


Measuring Chain Wear | Dirt Tricks

I contend that chain driven bikes should have some easy slide or flip up cover for the driving sprocket so the thing can easy be cleaned - they're always yucky, but are the point where things are wearing most!

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