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post #1 of 4 Old 08-13-2019, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Sprocket goes on one way

I just swapped out an all steel 16 tooth sprocket on my '13 650 with a brand new rubber cushioned one. When I tried to put the new sprocket on the transmission shaft, it would not fit, so I took the chain off and played around with the new sprocket. There were no visible burrs in the broached hole nor could I feel any, but the sprocket would only fit on the shaft with the raised part number on the rubber facing inward*. Then it slipped on with no appreciable play, so that's the way I installed it. When I tightened the nut down, it pushed the sprocket farther onto the shaft than I had with my fingers. No doubt this will loosen up a bit as the miles accumulate.

Has anyone else encountered a sprocket that only fit on the shaft one way?

*My instinct was to install the sprocket with the numbers readable once the cover was removed for future replacement, but this time I recorded the part number in my Maint. Log. And yes, I torqued the nut to 83 ft lbs and used a new lock washer bent against the nut's flat.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-13-2019, 11:51 PM
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These sprockets are symmetrical. In fact some go in and turn them around after so many miles to extend their life. So I guess there is some corrosion or threadlocker remnants that did restrict putting the new sprocket on. Or the more unlikely scenario is that the new sprocket is not machined well. I doubt it. These are standard sprockets and if you got it from a brand name source they should fit accurately but tight.

If you torqued the counter sprocket nut to the required specification it will go nowhere.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-13-2019, 11:53 PM
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Hmm, I'd be worried about when it has to come off.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-14-2019, 11:55 AM
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JT dampened sprocket? I put one on last year.

It should go on the SPLINES either way. I use grease or anti seize on them to prevent rusting and wear. I don't use the red locktite of death either to put it back on. Just don't need the hassle.
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