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post #1 of 32 Old 08-06-2019, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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2013 650A with 19,000 miles. I can see no wear on sprockets and can't pull chain away from rear sprocket. My concern is some links are stiff when cold. They can be straightened easily by hand and are not as stiff after riding. The chain stretch test is at the limit at several runs of chain.

This may be the original chain-there is no master link.

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post #2 of 32 Old 08-06-2019, 07:13 PM
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If it gives you piece of mind, install a new chain & sprockets... 19,000 is a reasonable replacement interval. Many have gone longer, but everyone's situation is different.
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It's probably not "bad", but at the limit of the spec makes it fair game for replacement.
Personally, I go for the pull away from the rear sprocket test over the 21 pin/ 319mm, (or whatever it is), as I find that a difficult measurement to do accurately, but if you are confident in your measurement it's better to replace than have a problem.
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It's probably not "bad", but at the limit of the spec makes it fair game for replacement.
Personally, I go for the pull away from the rear sprocket test over the 21 pin/ 319mm, (or whatever it is), as I find that a difficult measurement to do accurately, but if you are confident in your measurement it's better to replace than have a problem.
I recommend denniskirk.com for a matched set, either RK or DID. Fair prices, good customer support.
I'm not real confident on stretch measurement. It is hard to keep tape centered on first pin while reading scale on second pin. Since the chain doesn't pull away from sprocket, I think it is probably good. What about stiff links?

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If you can move them by hand they are not frozen. A good cleaning with kerosene may loosen them up more. Make sure the o rings are undamaged.

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The O rings look good, but a small amount of grease is being flung out.

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Don't clean the chain! (With kerosene or anything else)

Get some transmission fluid and put a drop on where the plates touch each other. That should loosen up the links. Then use some good oil-based lube and carefully lube each link. (I like Wurth HHS2000 as my lube.) Once you have this chain working fine you lube it with every fill-up and after every ride in the rain. (This will take about 10 to 20 seconds if you have a centerstand ) Don't clean it, people's advice to do so is just repeating what others have said on the web.

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The O rings look good, but a small amount of grease is being flung out.
If the “small amount of grease” being slung out looks like tiny black spider webbing, get a chain and sprockets set on order. If you are a daily rider, by the time it gets here you will want to replace it.

BTW when I gently cleaned my chain with kerosene and a tooth brush, several of my o rings (or x-rings or whatever) failed a few weeks later. My chain already had over 20k and I was asking questions like you are.

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Don't clean the chain! (With kerosene or anything else)

Get some transmission fluid and put a drop on where the plates touch each other. That should loosen up the links. Then use some good oil-based lube and carefully lube each link. (I like Wurth HHS2000 as my lube.) Once you have this chain working fine you lube it with every fill-up and after every ride in the rain. (This will take about 10 to 20 seconds if you have a centerstand ) Don't clean it, people's advice to do so is just repeating what others have said on the web.

I now have my chains comfortably lasting 50, 000 miles / 80,000 km.

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I looked at the Wurth site and the closest thing they list is HHS-K hinge lubricant. Is this an update to HHS2000?

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Don't clean the chain! (With kerosene or anything else)

Get some transmission fluid and put a drop on where the plates touch each other. That should loosen up the links. Then use some good oil-based lube and carefully lube each link. (I like Wurth HHS2000 as my lube.) Once you have this chain working fine you lube it with every fill-up and after every ride in the rain. (This will take about 10 to 20 seconds if you have a centerstand ) Don't clean it, people's advice to do so is just repeating what others have said on the web.

I now have my chains comfortably lasting 50, 000 miles / 80,000 km.

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I looked at the Wurth site and the closest thing they list is HHS-K hinge lubricant. Is this an update to HHS2000?

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