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post #1 of 3 Old 07-04-2019, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Poll - Vee2 Spacer / Cush Hub Issue

Owners of 2014+/2017+ DL1000 ONLY Please

Background: The Gen 1 DL1000 suffered from excessive play in the rear wheel caused by poor cush drive rubberwear and fit. This allowed the rear sprocket to be pulled out of alignment. This misalignment resulted in rapid chain and sprocket wear.

The first symptoms to show up due to this condition is clunky shifter reluctant shifting from first to second, followed by rapid chain and sprocket wear resukting in a chain and sprocket life of about 11K to 12K miles.

I suspect that Suzuki fixed this problem at about the 2012 model and that it does not exist in the Vee2 and Vee3 models. I have not experienced thsi problem with my own 2014 DL1000 and have not heard of anyone with a 2014+ model that has, but thought a short poll might provide more definitive data.

Have you experienced similar problems with your Vee2. Increasing difficulty shifting from first to second. Rapid chain and sprocket wear?

If you Vote YES, please provide contact information or post describing issue.

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To the best of my understanding, I have not had an issue with this.

However, I'm struggling to identify the marks you mentioned in the photo above. I have included a photo of my sprocket that was changed as part of the set at 20,000 miles. I'm the original owner.

Also, for the first 10,000 miles I'm pretty sure that the rear tire wasn't properly aligned. I didn't bother with it upon delivery. Started noticing that the axle was not paired up on the alignment marks on the swingarm. After the dealership performed the 600 mile service, which was supposed to include a chain slack adjustment, I noticed that the axle was nearly the entire width of an alignment mark off. Possibly they adjusted it on the chain side only. Assumed they knew what they were doing (mistake?) and I left it be. After changing the rear tire at 10,000 miles I got a chain alignment tool (no very cut and dry). I've also used a sag measuring slide rule to confirm the distance from the center of the swing are pivot to the center of the axle on both sides. With the slide rule measurements within 0.5mm of each other the swing arm alignment marks are matched up fine. Most likely those first 10,000 miles the rear wheel was out of alignment, which may have adversely affected the rear sprocket.

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Thanks, but I shoudl probably delete this thread. It came about as a result of two recent conversations that suggested soem people were convinced the probelm carried over to the Vee2/Vee3. In one case the person missed teh subject change and thought we were discussing clutch hubs.

The other case involved someone selling a "fix."

I'm convinced the problem does not exist in Vee2/Vee3s. I'll delete this thread in a day or so in case anyone comes back who read the first post.

Oh, and the wear on your sprocket looks normal to me. The wear caused by the poor rear hub alignment is pretty easy to ecognize as abnormal.
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