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post #1 of 15 Old 07-30-2014, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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Has your chain come out of adjustment?

New red '14 Strom 650. Got it on 7\10\14 & I have 358 miles on it. My chain is so stretched out of adjustment it is rubbing on the frame guard. It's getting black rubber bits all over but I thankfully don't see any metal on metal yet. The dealer said to bring it back for it's 1st service after 500 miles, but he's too far away to ride to in this condition. I'll have to adjust the chain myself. Anyone with advice on how to do this would be greatly appreciated. I have a few questions --- Is this normal? Anyone else have this happen to them? Was my Strom put together correctly? I'm a little cheesed, it's dark & my rear lift should be here 2morrow so I can hopefully fix it then.
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-30-2014, 10:08 PM
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If you are going to fix it enough to take it back to the dealer, then I would take pictures of the offending chain. Just in case they do not believe you. Only 358 miles is ridiculous.
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New red '14 Strom 650. Got it on 7\10\14 & I have 358 miles on it. My chain is so stretched out of adjustment it is rubbing on the frame guard. It's getting black rubber bits all over but I thankfully don't see any metal on metal yet. The dealer said to bring it back for it's 1st service after 500 miles, but he's too far away to ride to in this condition. I'll have to adjust the chain myself. Anyone with advice on how to do this would be greatly appreciated. I have a few questions --- Is this normal? Anyone else have this happen to them? Was my Strom put together correctly? I'm a little cheesed, it's dark & my rear lift should be here 2morrow so I can hopefully fix it then.
On my 2012 Dl650 I have found I need to adjust the chain about every 600 miles for the first few thousand miles and then about 800 - 1000 miles. Could be the rain and salt in Florida coast line or me just being retired and looking for bike maintenance to do.

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I have about 2000 miles on mine and haven't adjusted the chain yet. I like to keep it to the loose side, but certainly not where it would rub on anything.

This might help as far as procedure. Read down several posts for clarifications.

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My chain grew like crazy till about 7k mi. and has since almost stopped. Dealer mechanic told me the stock chain was soft and this is normal.
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I've adjusted the chain slack just once (but just slightly) on my '13, at about 650 miles. I have just over 5700 miles on it now and have not had to adjust it again. That much slack at 358 miles certainly suggests that either the chain slack was not properly set to being with or that there is another problem.

For what it's worth, you don't need a rear lift to adjust the chain - the side stand is perfect for the task, esp. since you need to measure the slack while on the side stand.

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My chain grew like crazy till about 7k mi. and has since almost stopped. Dealer mechanic told me the stock chain was soft and this is normal.
I'll never cease to be amazed about what dealers and mechanics tell people. The stock chain is a pretty good quality name brand. All chains require more adjustments at the beginning and end of their lives as they wear in and wear out. Between those extremes, wear is minimal. As for the chain touching the plastic protector, that is normal and the reason the thing is there.

Do not try to tighten it so it won't touch. A loose chain is way better than a too tight one. Go for the loose end of the spec at the tightest point in the chain run. A chain that ever actually gets tight in any point of the run when the suspension is compressed to make the chain even tighter causes accelerated chain and sprocket wear, possibly even threatening the output shaft bearing. That would require splitting the engine cases to replace.

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23k km on mine and I adjusted it twice, once at the 1k km service and another time at 20k, and very minor at that.

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That sounds normal to me too - my first service there was a chain adjustment required, and after that nothing until about 36,000 km, which is getting to the end of the life of the chain anyhow.

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I'll never cease to be amazed about what dealers and mechanics tell people. The stock chain is a pretty good quality name brand. All chains require more adjustments at the beginning and end of their lives as they wear in and wear out. Between those extremes, wear is minimal. As for the chain touching the plastic protector, that is normal and the reason the thing is there.

Do not try to tighten it so it won't touch. A loose chain is way better than a too tight one. Go for the loose end of the spec at the tightest point in the chain run. A chain that ever actually gets tight in any point of the run when the suspension is compressed to make the chain even tighter causes accelerated chain and sprocket wear, possibly even threatening the output shaft bearing. That would require splitting the engine cases to replace.
I wondered if what the mechanic told was accurate. I also found the Vstrom chain needs to be at the loose end of specs. Thanks GW
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