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post #21 of 30 Old 10-31-2012, 12:33 AM
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I just went through the same problem at 46,000 km on the original chain and sprokets. Replacing the chain and sprokets solved the problems. The bike runs as new. Prior to replacing this gear I carried out all the tests mentioned in this thread. However, I did have the dealer do the install parts (Suzuki kit) $187 and 1.5 hour of labour at $80/ hr.

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post #22 of 30 Old 10-31-2012, 12:40 AM
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Chain stretch

I just went through the same problem at 46,000 km on the original chain and sprokets. Replacing the chain and sprokets solved the problems. The bike runs as new. Prior to replacing this gear I carried out all the tests mentioned in this thread. However, I did have the dealer do the install parts (Suzuki kit) $187 and 1.5 hour of labour at $80/ hr.
A sure fired indication that the chain is "done" is that it will appear rusty brown in color. This the internal roller bearing grease in the chain coming out.

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post #23 of 30 Old 10-31-2012, 12:53 AM
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Make sure you do not smash the rivets to tight together on the master link.

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By looking at the 2 pictures the chain is way too dry. Lube it at every fill up.
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post #26 of 30 Old 10-31-2012, 11:12 AM
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I rode on the same, original chain for almost 30K miles. Yep, it was stretched like crazy, probably dangerously so.

How could I tell something was wrong? It was making noise---a lot of weird, slappy, clunky noises---and only when the bike was moving (not sitting in neutral idling).

So...this may not be very scientific...but it's worth remembering: if you ever hear anything from your chain other than a smooth "whirr," something's wrong!

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post #27 of 30 Old 12-08-2012, 03:24 AM
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So how long are chains and sprockets supposed to last?
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So how long are chains and sprockets supposed to last?
See When did you replace your chain?

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Mine is doing the same. Going to change the sprockets/ Chain. Hopefully that will do the trick!
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Just make sure its not set too tight, a tight chain will go south really quick.

I like to use a stainless metric ruler to measure slack, just find the center point between sprockets. With the bike sitting on the side stand measure how much give is in the chain, how much does it move? You want to see 1" plus movement. I set mine at 37mm last time, service manual says up to 30mm. My chains are more happy between 35 to 40 mm slack. In my opinion the 30mm spec is too tight, but I'm no expert. Just noticed my chains last longer when they have more slack. My dealer agrees and sets sloppy to me, I try and find a happy medium of a bit loose. I also use the metric ruler to set my adjustment bolts, you can measure the axle position much closer for better alignment or get an alignment tool. The chain needs to track straight, Adventure Tech has an axle spacer service too for better alignment.
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