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Do I change my chain or not?

Hello group,

I have a 2008 DL 650 with approx. 19K on the chain, 15K of which are mine. My cousin and I are heading to Alaska in July on a 3 week trip. We should do about 7-8K on the trip. Should I change the chain prior to the trip or not? I am not sure how long a chain is expected to last. I do not routinely clean the chain but I do regularly lubricate it every 3-4 rides or daily on a long range trip. It seems in good shape.

Any other maintenance besides new tires and oil change before the trip?

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post #2 of 14 Old 04-25-2012, 12:52 AM
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Check the condition of your brake pads and the brake fluid level for both front and rear.

Look at the adjustment marks on your bike. If your chain is running out of room on the swingarm (2-3 notches left or less), then just swap it out now. I've found in my limited experience that once a chain starts to stretch, it usually stretches faster than slower from there.

Also, take a look at your sprockets (remove the cover to check the front one). If the teeth are not uniform or are worn down, then there's a high probability that the chain is nearing the EOL too :beatnik:

Other than that, have fun, and bring your favorite cleaner to clean off bugs. They are usually easier to clean off when fresh rather than if you leave them there for a long time.... If you're camping, bring some rags. If you're staying at some hotels, just ask for rags. Hotels would much rather find you a rag than have you use their towels for bugs

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Where you're headed, I'd replace the chain and front sprocket.
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It seems in good shape.
You didn't say "is."

So yeah, replace it and the sprockets while you're at it.

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Where you're headed, I'd replace the chain and front sprocket.
+1...I would change the chain and the sprocket as well.

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trip to alaska , change it, and sprockets too



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+1 on changing chain and sprockets.

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Hey, if you don't change it, you'll have something fun to think about on long boring stretches of remote two-lane highway in grizzly country. Things like, "I hope the chain doesn't skip on that worn sprocket and get wadded up bad enough to crack the case and spew my crankcase oil all over the road. I knew I shoulda' changed 'em out, dammit"

I put 30,000 miles on my last chain and the front sprocket didn't look too bad. I've seen much worse. But why torture yourself with doubt on a trip where you're not likely to be able to coast into a Suzuki dealer's service bay at a moment's notice?

Change the chain and both sprockets and keep your head in the ride.

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Hey, if you don't change it, you'll have something fun to think about on long boring stretches of remote two-lane highway in grizzly country. Things like, "I hope the chain doesn't skip on that worn sprocket and get wadded up bad enough to crack the case and spew my crankcase oil all over the road. I knew I shoulda' changed 'em out, dammit"

I put 30,000 miles on my last chain and the front sprocket didn't look too bad. I've seen much worse. But why torture yourself with doubt on a trip where you're not likely to be able to coast into a Suzuki dealer's service bay at a moment's notice?

Change the chain and both sprockets and keep your head in the ride.
I was thinking almost the exact same thing. And, I have pushed chains further....but why worry over it so far from home.

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Hey, if you don't change it, you'll have something fun to think about on long boring stretches of remote two-lane highway in grizzly country. Things like, "I hope the chain doesn't skip on that worn sprocket and get wadded up bad enough to crack the case and spew my crankcase oil all over the road. I knew I shoulda' changed 'em out, dammit"
And it will take his mind off the fear of running out of gas.

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