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post #1 of 7 Old 05-30-2009, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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WEll, ok, I had some Hondas with shaft drives and now I am lost and confused.......
Apparently I need a new chain for the 2004 Wee I bought last fall. The chain is loose and no more screw adjustment is left.
*The manual says " this chain does not use a master link" The website I looked at for a chain says "comes with chain breaker and extra master link" huh?
** I'm told by dealer that if you replace chain you must replace sprockets. Ok,that makes sense , but then I'm asked 15- 16 or 17 inch sprocket.
huh??

Please advise AND advise best place to buy all this stuff? I have a 'Zuki dealer nearby, but I also have a mechanic friend I trust to fix it, if I get the parts.
Thanks!
Also, is there a V-Strom fan anywhere near Flathead Lake , Montana who would be able to give me some advice on this bike? I have a KLR expert nearby, but I am lost with this Strom. ( I like it and want to get going on some long trips with it-- just rode my KLR 5300 miles to Guadalajara and back....)
Would someone help me? Thanks! Maren ( shezonit)
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-30-2009, 06:09 PM
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The stock chain does not have a master link, so that is what your manual is talking about.

Your new chain will have a master link. (most likely the rivet type)

You will need a 525 chain, which will probably have to be shortened to match the length of the stock chain.

The stock front sprocket has 15 teeth.
The stock rear sprocket as 47 teeth.

You will need a 32mm socket to remove the nut holding on the front sprocket.

There are many places that sell sprockets and chains. When I was shopping around for mine, I bought the chain off ebay, the front sprocket from Amotostuff.com, the rear sprocket from some other place, and the chain tool from yet another place. Shop around, find the prices you like. If your friend is competent, it's nothing he/she can't handle.

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post #3 of 7 Old 05-30-2009, 06:12 PM
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Stock is 15 tooth front and 47 tooth rear and the chain is a 116 link 525. I like the stock Suzuki sprockets. Adventure Motostuff at http://www.amotostuff.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc and SV Racing [email protected] are popular vendors that can help. A typical chain is 120 links that your friend can make the right length and rivet on the master link. An X-Ring chain is a quality replacement. The stock chain requires swingarm removal or cutting and using a master link and is a good, though not excellent chain. I would avoid aluminum sprockets on anything but a racing bike. Once the hardened anodized surface is worn through, they wear out quickly.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-30-2009, 08:44 PM
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Hey Maren, you keep showing up in places I frequent.

Howzit goin?

I just got through changing the chain on my DL1000, yesterday. There are some "gotchas" involved and it's not a trivial task by any definition, at least not the first time.

You can order the chain and sprockets from Chad at amotostuff.com in Carson City, just call him and he'll tell you what you need. The previous poster gave you the sizes.

What happened to the KLR?

OBTW I also have a DL650 now so if you need help and can't find it on the forums (an unlikely prospect between here and VSRI) just ask.

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post #5 of 7 Old 06-01-2009, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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thanks guys

So- it gets a master link AND it's a hard job. Peachy. Where is my shaft drive dual sport? :>)
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-01-2009, 07:18 AM
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Come on! Abandon the good ship V-Strom for something you need to deal with every 20,000, or so, miles? Shame!

Focus on the benefits of the chain: light, simple, easy to change drive ratios, cheap to repair...

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So- it gets a master link AND it's a hard job. Peachy. Where is my shaft drive dual sport? :>)

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post #7 of 7 Old 06-01-2009, 09:46 AM
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All it takes is a $20 MikesXS chain tool, Part #35-0006 at http://www.mikesxs.net/products-7.html and the following instructions which do not come with the tool.. Oh, also grind the pins on one link down to the side plate before trying to press out the pins. Otherwise, the small rod in the tool that pushes out the pin can break.




Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html

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