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I have a 2004 DL650 and after about a hundred miles the chain gets clunky sounding especially upon acceleration. If I stop for awhile or lube the chain, the noise goes away but returns in the next hundred miles. Bike and chain has about 13K on it, the sprockets look good and for the last 4K miles I know the chain was properly cared for but not before my ownership.

So is it time to replace the chain and should I go ahead and replace the sprockets too? I have had many a dirt bike but this is my first street bike so thanks for the help:thumbup:
 

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I would inspect that chain real good, it sounds as if it may need to be replaced. It is recommended to change both sprockets when changing the chain. I question whether the rear sprocket needs to be changed every time. However, there is no question about the front sprocket.

Look for a red substance on your chain. Check for tight links and measure the chain for wear. Any of these are indicators that the chain has a problem. The clunky sound is also an indicator.
 

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It sounds like the chain or alignment , sight down the chain and rotate and check that way. If it was my bike I would just replace the chain and sprockets since the type and materials are unknown. No fun getting stuck due to a bad chain and they are not that much from Blair at SV
 
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