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After I changed the oil today I noticed that when I pull the chain away from the rear sprocket (at the 3:00 position) there is a gap of about 1/16". It seems that a new chain and sprockets are due soon. (I haven't changed a chain or sprockets in 30 years) I'm going to order al 3 from SVRacing. Suggestions or comments are welcome.

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The new chain will probably come with 120 links. Make sure you cut it down to the right length before getting it all put back together. I've heard that it can really make a person angry if they forget that step...:furious:
 

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If you can find a fellow rider nearby with the tools, it's a simple job.
An impact wrench, air or electric, it's an easier task.
The newer bikes have a longer swing arm, My 04 has 118 links, I think.
Measure twice, cut once.
 

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Make sure to loosen the front sprocket nut before you cut the chain. You can block the rear wheel from turning with a 2 x 4 or similar put across the swingarm. If you don't have an impact wrench you will need an extension pipe and a breaker bar or something equivalent to break the front sprocket nut. Whilst you have everything open clean the mess that has likely accumulates around the clutch activator.
 

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After I changed the oil today I noticed that when I pull the chain away from the rear sprocket (at the 3:00 position) there is a gap of about 1/16". It seems that a new chain and sprockets are due soon. (I haven't changed a chain or sprockets in 30 years) I'm going to order al 3 from SVRacing. Suggestions or comments are welcome.

Thanks,
Al
Get a new countershaft sprocket lock washer. I'd also recommend a quality chain-you get what you pay for.

The other suggestions provided are spot on. Using a 2x4 to help pop the front sprocket off is never fun...
 

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I've successfully re-used the lock washer.

The EK chain with their screw master link works well without the cost of the chain breaker & rivet tool--the master link must be the same make & model as the chain. I don't know how to cleanly shorten a chain without the chain breaker--maybe carefully grind off the head of the riveted pin and drive it out. The old chain can be cut off any way--vise grips & hacksaw, plasma cutter, bolt cutter, light saber....

DID, RK, EK, JT, Renthal, Regina all make top quality chains. The chains from the parts wholesalers are good value for the cost even if they're not quite the top quality as the others--Parts Unlimited, WPS, Bike Master. Steel sprockets all seem to be good.
 

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(I haven't changed a chain or sprockets in 30 years)
If your chain/sprockets are 30 years old I'd say they're overdue :grin2:

I just bought a DID X-ring chain set and hope to have that on soon. Good luck!
 
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