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Stromette's head master mechanical extraordinare (Jim Smith) advised upon a recent tire change that my 05 DL1k is in need of new cush drive soon. We are both rather surprised w/only 20k mi replacement is near. When has everyone else replaced theirs?

If responding please clearly note if bike is a DL1k or six fiddy. Thanks and be sure to check your's next opportunity. :wink:

Oh, and my DL1k has 22k miles in 24wks of ownership. Bike has been bullet-proof thus far; w/heaviest mileage forthcoming I hope it stays that way! :mrgreen:

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Hi Stromette,
I guess anything is possible, but if you didn't see the cush drive/hub parts firsthand you wouldn't know for sure.

I have a DL1K-3 and I put 34k in the 1st 10 months of 2004, and only 3k since then. I just installed my 3rd chainset and bought a new cush drive but didn't install it. Mine was in great condition, the hub still fit tightly and after cleaning the rubber still looked pretty much new. I bang the gears pretty hard so I was suprised that it wasn't worn out.

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Well, I just ordered them yesterday (yes, while on the road and thanks to Stromtrooper "SCraig" in Nashville for the help!). Surely I'm not the only one to replace the cush drive?? Anyone else? Maybe ya'll need to have 'em checked!

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I just ordered the Master Mike spacers. I will get some new crush rubbers and fix mine soon. I have the wear on the inside of the sprocket like the pictures on the other forum show. This is a design defect. A good thing to be pro active on. Having the rear sprocket"cant" under power is disturbing.

I will probably do sprockets and chain at the same time. I am considering doing the same thing Stromette has done to lower the gearing. I really feel 6th is to tall for 70 and under. At 80 is fine but I can not manage to do 80 all the time w/o causing a point loss on my license. ;)

72 works but 75+ is pushing it around here. In Western MA 75 does yield tickets.

72 is just OK but on the edge of being usable for hills w/o it being rough.

Only problem is the speedo error.. granted I posted a FIX for it.. but it's one more thing I have to install and adjust.
 

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http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=101176542802&search=&startid=1
I read that thread, but still hard to beleive that Suzuki released a bunch of series with such a mistake! That rear sprocket inside worn is really ugly!

I am wondering if the rear wheel shaft was misaligned? BTW is there a simple way to ensure it is aligned when do a chain tension setting or we have to rely only on the marks on the swingarms?
 

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There was no misalignment on the part of the mechanic. The spacers are sized wrongly. It's very strange that the problem has lasted so long.
 

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I have a 2006 1000 and after reading the comments on the forum and having a afternoon to waste, I removed my chain (a lot of needless work)
sited down the rear sprocket to the front, it looked pretty close, hard to get a straight edge in but it still looked Ok, so then broke out the lazer made a bracket attached it to the rear sprocket and lined it up with the front sprocket, too close to call, No abnormal wear on the rear or front sprocket, so either they fixed it, I am blind, or its not a problem.
 
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If you read the very long post on the rapid forums it goes into great detail... It's when the sprocket is under power.... The chain pulls the sprocket (and everything it is hard mounted to) forward and cants the entire assembly sideways. They have lots of drawings and pictures.

Also it is one of those things which becomes worse over miles and hard use.

I also do not 100% understand HOW it can move when it's all mounted on a solid axle since that should hold everything in line. But the photos and testimonials confirm it. My wear pattern is exactly the same as the photos. I read it then think I get it.. Then look at the drawings and think that's imposable .. read it again same thing. LOL.

It's such an easy "fix" It's worth it to see if it helps I let the experts and machinists who are more familiar with it be my guide. A blind faith thing... I usually do not do that as there are so many BS products and even more so with alternative health products, I tend to be the skeptic. But this one I believe sorta blindly, but well informed, that it IS needed.

My brain aches when I read it all and try to understand it 100%. It's like some advanced math. I can explain it, do it , but do not, for the life of me, really understand it. :?
 

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The sprocket moves because it is rubber mounted. In time, the rubber wears like an eraser. The sprocket carrier bearing also wears as a result. The axle, spacers and wheel bearings are on the other side of the rubber interface and are unaffected.
 
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