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post #1 of 15 Old 07-23-2019, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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can a bad chain make bad sounds?

I was on a ride when I started to feel some slippage. I stopped and inspected my chain which had substantially loosened up to the point it was dragging on my center stand! (Very dangerous amount of play actually) I had the tools to tighten it up, but from that point, a weird sound started happening. Almost sounded like sloppiness in the transmission. When I got home, I removed the front sprocket cover and noticed a lot of O-rings in the chain lube gunk that built up on the cover. It's an 07 DL650 with 24k miles. This possibly could be the original chain??
I just ordered a new chain and set of sprockets in hopes this will resolve that new noise. Has anyone else experienced this?
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-23-2019, 07:04 PM
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Yes very easily the stock chain and sprockets at 24,000 miles. With the right care they would have gone many more miles.

New chain and sprockets will go a long way in making things better.

Also inspect the wheel/cush bearings and cush drive rubbers when the wheel is off the bike.

When you put everything back together make sure you align and tension the chain properly.
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post #3 of 15 Old 07-24-2019, 10:09 AM
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Once you get that new chain and sprockets on and adjusted right, you will think you got a new bike. Keep that chain oiled with gear lube and you should get at least 20k miles out of it.

While you have the wheel off, check the Cush drive


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bad chain or sprockets can make all kinda strange noises, along with bad bearing BTW.
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post #5 of 15 Old 07-27-2019, 06:58 AM
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Yes make sure to accurately align the chain. I never believed the old saw about the alignment marks may not be accurate but I do now. My chain is not aligned if using those marks, I bought the Motion Pro alignment tool and no more problems.

The rubber cush drive needed replacing after a few years and 40,000 miles also. Was loose to the point of sprocket falling off wheel when removed. It can be shimmed but new OEM wasn't too expensive.

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post #6 of 15 Old 07-29-2019, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Once you get that new chain and sprockets on and adjusted right, you will think you got a new bike. Keep that chain oiled with gear lube and you should get at least 20k miles out of it.

While you have the wheel off, check the Cush drive


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Reporting back. You weren't kidding. Put the new sprockets and chain on and it really does feel like a new bike!!! All strange noises are gone.
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Not to Hi-Jack but what is the criteria for "checking" the cush drive rubber?

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Cush drive: When you turn the rear wheel over and the sprocket carrier falls out it definitely is bad. It should sit tight!

My test is trying to lift the rear wheel (laying flat on the ground) up on the sprocket. If the carrier falls out attempting the lift, need new rubbers or shimming or more shimming.
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Not to Hi-Jack but what is the criteria for "checking" the cush drive rubber?
rear sprocket falling out.
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Thank you both!

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