Time for a new chain and sprockets - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
DL1000 from 2002-2012 DL1000 from 2002-2012 (K2-L2)

 54Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 66 Old 01-23-2019, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
$tromtrooper
 
DesertBike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: ABQ, NM
Posts: 833
Garage
Time for a new chain and sprockets

I adjusted my chain slack a few weeks ago and it got me thinking and reading about chain & sprocket wear. Read up and when and how to replace them.

Rear sprocket wear is obvious but mine still looks great. Decided to check the condition of my front sprocket last weekend as it's not visible. Here's what I saw under the cover:



Looks pretty good, right? Well...not so fast. In the greasy grime near the clutch pushrod I found these:



Could not fathom where those came from. Then today I suddenly had a Very Bad Feeling and inspected my chain more closely than usual. I saw this:



Welp. Looks like I've been shedding roller surfaces for some time. Who knows how many miles? That's not the only spot on the chain where they're missing.

I've watched a couple of good videos on how to replace the chain & sprockets feel pretty good about that. What I'm not so sure about is, what to buy?

I've read that the OE front sprocket has rubber on it which makes it quieter. None of the aftermarket sprockets have it, as far as I can tell. So am I stuck buying an original Suzuki part if I want the rubber? Does this really matter anyway?

Note that I have no desire to mess with alternate numbers of sprocket teeth. I'm happy to keep the original "gearing" of 17 and 41.

Let's say I order from SV Racing. Which I probably will, because the Suzuki parts suppliers are going to be way slower, and I want to get riding again. Also, SVRacing prices are significantly better than OEM suppliers.

Do I need an "extra master link?" If so which one?

Any thoughts on a chain breaker and/or rivet tool? Do I need both? I am not interested in buying a $100+ chain tool that I will only use every few years at best. Can I find suitable substitutes, more affordably priced, at Harbor Freight?

Is it worthwhile to upgrade to a 530 sprocket/chain setup? Any downsides other than increased price?

If you're not exhausted reading yet: also curious what's going on that made the chain start falling apart like that, before any significant sprocket wear. This is the set of sprockets & chains that were on the bike when I purchased it, at just under 22k miles. I hit 45k and change this month. No idea whether the previous owner replaced stuff properly (chain and both sprockets all at once) or something else.

Thanks!
DesertBike is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 66 Old 01-23-2019, 10:08 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pasadna area
Posts: 12,800
i got a steel front sprocket and I can't tell any difference in sound. I do wear ear plugs though.'
Where to buy? From the forum vendors, of course.
V-Tom and DesertBike like this.
notacop is offline  
post #3 of 66 Old 01-23-2019, 10:40 PM
Super Moderator
 
Brockie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Gatton, Queensland, Australia
Posts: 4,005
Garage
Being gold your existing chain is not OEM. DID or EK most likely.
SV sell EK chain kits, not OEM.
Does the dampener on the OEM countershaft sprocket make a difference? Perhaps a little, and why would they put one there otherwise?

You can find chain kits on eBay for less but will they last as long? HIGHLY unlikely.

Chain life is highly dependent on regular lubing. And yes, you definitely need a new set.

2010 Weestrom; 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X300; 1988 Suzuki GSXR1100
Brockie is offline  
 
post #4 of 66 Old 01-24-2019, 12:00 AM
$tromtrooper
 
chicago's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: sierra nevada east side
Posts: 3,260
Reading op it could be original chain with 45k miles on it. It may have been out of spec at 22k miles when you bought the bike. Good it didn't break and do serious damage.

The aftermarket sprockets I use don't use a rubber damper. Does the rubber do anything? I don't know.
DesertBike likes this.

14 tooth for me
chicago is offline  
post #5 of 66 Old 01-24-2019, 12:26 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
blaustrom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: north east, Buffalo NY area
Posts: 2,261
Look for an OEM SET. They cost about $160 for both sprockets and the 120 link chain and masterlink (less than SVR or almost any other reputable source!). You need to shorten to your specification and rivet the masterlink. The Harbor Freight rivet tool is useless (how do I know?). I ended up buying the DID press and rivet tool. Makes riveting the master link painless, accurate and fast. But it's pricy (now more so than when I bought it) but still cheaper than paying a shop or replacing an engine housing.

Its not the original chain and sprocket. They are not gold and the counter sprocket does not have the rubber damper ring. BUT it shows that this chain has not been properly maintained and/ or it was a bargain e-bay find. You are lucky that it has not eaten your enginehousing. Get yourself a chain oiler!

Blau1 2004 DL650-sold
Blau2 2014 DL1000A

Last edited by blaustrom; 01-24-2019 at 02:14 PM.
blaustrom is offline  
post #6 of 66 Old 01-24-2019, 01:17 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Highwayman2016's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: North Las Vegas Nevada USA
Posts: 994
Garage
https://www.svracingparts.com/store/...ckets-c8452349


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

2014 650 Strom
Highwayman2016 is offline  
post #7 of 66 Old 01-24-2019, 08:19 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: western PA
Posts: 291
DesertBike, it seems that not so long ago I was in your shoes -- asking just about the same questions, having the same concerns. My solution was to keep it simple. My original chain and sprockets lasted so long I figured why not just go with OEM again? And my sprockets showed no hooking, just wider gaps due to wear. Support the local dealer. But the front sprocket the dealer sold me did not have the rubber coating like the original did. I have not noticed any difference in noise. Pulled out the grinder with a cutting wheel and zipped through one link -- chain off. And I picked up a Stockton chain tool at the local Cycle Gear store. Support the local guys, plus it was on sale at the time. That tool made installing the master link a breeze. And just FYI, I lube my chain with Dupont yellow-can spray Chain Saver about every other tank of gas, or daily if on an extended trip away from home. If it looks too grimy and I have time, I clean it with kerosene and a worn out toothbrush. My original chain lasted almost 35,000 miles. The most fun part of changing sprockets and chain is breaking loose the front sprocket nut.
Yarz1 is offline  
post #8 of 66 Old 01-24-2019, 10:29 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Posts: 134
Fortnine in Canada sells the rubber sided front sprocket.
https://fortnine.ca/en/jt-rubber-cus...front-sprocket
The favorable exchange rate on currency will save you a few bucks.

Sp56
Southpaw56 is offline  
post #9 of 66 Old 01-24-2019, 12:56 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Spearfish, SD, USA
Posts: 88
Garage
Sprocket Center sells all you need including the Cushion Hub front Sprocket They were good folks to deal with. Now is a great time to think about adding a few teeth to your rear sprocket if you ride off the pavement often.

"The only dumb question is the unasked question" - Anonymous
bigjohnsd is offline  
post #10 of 66 Old 01-24-2019, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
$tromtrooper
 
DesertBike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: ABQ, NM
Posts: 833
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Southpaw56 View Post
Fortnine in Canada sells the rubber sided front sprocket.
https://fortnine.ca/en/jt-rubber-cus...front-sprocket
The favorable exchange rate on currency will save you a few bucks.

Sp56
Fortnine doesn't ship to the US.
DesertBike is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chain and Sprocket Combinations with RK Chain and Press Fit Rivet Tool SV Racing Parts SV Racing Parts 104 07-14-2017 11:12 AM
Time for a new chain/ sprockets zildjian DL650A - 2012-2016 14 09-21-2014 12:29 AM
Chain Installation On 2012 Glee Strom Tompkr DL650A - 2012-2016 0 04-01-2014 03:11 PM
Chain and Sprocket Combinations with RK Chain and Press Fit Rivet Tool SV Racing Parts SV Racing Parts 145 03-31-2014 05:18 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome