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post #1 of 7 Old 08-27-2016, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Replaced Chain and Sprockets Today

Wanted to provide a little info regarding chain and sprocket replacement even though I do not participate much here nowadays. I don't really like this site, but I do like sharing info.

A little background: I have 36,000 miles on my strom and the chain I removed (EK) had 18,000 miles and was in pretty good shape save the master link which I believe the dealership installed incorrectly twice. The master link began to show red powder, but I rode it another 1000 miles anyways even though it made me a little nervous. The last thing I want to happen is for my chain to fail while riding given the dangers of such a thing.

I purchased a few items before I started. A two foot breaker bar and 32mm socket for the little sprocket. A dial caliper (indispensable I think). A chain and sprocket set https://www.amazon.com/D-I-D-DKS-005...ype=motorcycle

And the Hoosier garage set https://www.amazon.com/Hoosier-Garag...GX0EHVF982A7FA

I read a few experiences here and also watched a few videos. I especially like the ones by Canyon Chasers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mf6qRY0Syo

I did the job over a couple of days to make it a little easier being my first time. To remove the chain I simply drilled both rivets on the master link and then pried it apart with a screwdriver and hammer. The link was dry and red inside leaving me to speculate that they did not even put any lube in it when they replaced the first one they screwed up. Of course I first partially removed the forward sprocket. It was not hard to do.

The Hoosier kit worked fine, but the tolerances are not the greatest and the riveting bar shows some wear after two rivets, but then I don't expect to do this more than once or twice. For long trips I take the FJR.

I really liked the DID kit and not having to cut the chain is a help for first timers. I have not ridden the bike yet, but if something fails I will get back to you. I get a lot of satisfaction out of doing it myself even though I don't really care for this kind of work. At least I don't have to put my life in the hands of people who don't seem to care much. Hope this helps someone.
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Thanks! You can't beat DIY if you want a job done well.
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Had that happen to me once. Luckily on traffic light takeoff an chain just rolled on the ground, didn't wrap around rear wheel. Since then I always pin master link with thin wire and JB weld.

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Had that happen to me once. Luckily on traffic light takeoff an chain just rolled on the ground, didn't wrap around rear wheel. Since then I always pin master link with thin wire and JB weld.

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So are you using a clip style master link then??
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Did a hundred mile loop today and things look good so far. Funny how the bike always seems smoother and faster when I work on it, as though it appreciates the attention. I notice the chain makes more noise going around the sprockets when I rotate the tire by hand, but I'm not sure if it is because it is new or maybe it is slightly out of alignment. I used the dial calipers to measure the distance from the rectangular thing to the end of the swing arm on both sides to keep the sprockets aligned.

I am now using Belray blue tac chain lube and it is the best stuff I have used so far. Holds up real well. I got a small can of Belray super clean for the road and it comes out blue while the blue tac is clear. Another mystery never to be clarified since I don't spend much time contemplating these things. I just like to bring them up.

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So are you using a clip style master link then??
Yes still do. None of them failed since we started jb welding them.
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