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post #1 of 20 Old 04-09-2019, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Observations?
It honestly doesnt look that reddish in person.
Is that a missing o-ring?

It has one real tight spot.

It has 17k abused miles.
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Observations?
It honestly doesnt look that reddish in person.
Is that a missing o-ring?

It has one real tight spot.

It has 17k abused miles.
A few observations: (1) Rust on the surfaces that can abrade the O-rings (or X-rings) away is the worst. It looks like you have rust there but not elsewhere; and (2) Rust elsewhere is pretty much harmless. Where chain surfaces meet the sprockets, it will be worn away to insignificance. Where chain surfaces touch nothing else, rust is a purely cosmetic issue.

I expect the pictured chain will start growing in length soon. Once the sealing O-rings vanish or become ineffective, the lubricant they hold in gets out. Then the serious, significant wear begins.
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Replace it now! This coming from a guy with a holed case due to chain neglect. I lubed faithfully, adjusted properly, just never really checked for stretch or tight spots or shot o-rings or side play. Ended up beside the road with a ruined engine and a puddle of oil. Just a word of friendly advice.
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I'd replace it. How does the front sprocket look?

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Replace it now! This coming from a guy with a holed case due to chain neglect. I lubed faithfully, adjusted properly, just never really checked for stretch or tight spots or shot o-rings or side play. Ended up beside the road with a ruined engine and a puddle of oil. Just a word of friendly advice.

Amen...

That rust is the sign of death, chain is toast. Go to sprocketcenter.com and order a new chain and sprockets...DID, RK, EK are all quality chains.
https://sprocketcenter.com/motorcycle-chains.html

EK have optional screw on master links...no special tools required.
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It makes me a bit nervous also. I would also check the chain by trying to lift it off the back sprocket at the three o'clock position. If you can pull it away much at all, the chain is done. (Done with the chain adjusted as well as can be.)

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Another case of chain abuse. Replace it and take care of the new one. Lube every few hundred miles, (to preserve o-rings, prevent rust and give lube to the rollers and sprockets), and keep an inch and a half slack in it.
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Definitely don't chance it. A broken chain can take you down and end your life.
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Yeah, Just the tight spot and the frequency of needing adjusted told me it was past due.

I'll see if the local shop has one in stock tomorrow, or I'll put one on order. I know squat about chains so I'll have to figure what type, size, color, smell, taste...... However you pick out a chain

I also know it's my fault because my commitment to the lubrication gods have been horrid. I'm probably going to live my after life in a horribly dry abrasive hell.

When I did lube it was with chain wax and I think the original application was still gunked up on the non important parts of the chain when I cleaned it a few weeks ago. I think it lulled me into a false belief it was still doing its job.

Now I have one of those fancy auto lube thing-a-ma-bobs.

I had a shaft drive before this. I'm not so lazy with the rest of my maintenance. Well maybe my cleaning regiment is almost nonexistent, but who needs a clean wee?

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The vendors on this site can sell you quality chains and sprockets for a competitive price. I got a POS chain from a dealer and it didn't last long. Cheaping out isn't the way to go.
Not cleaning the Srom is OK, just don't forget to lube the needy parts.
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