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post #1 of 6 Old 08-14-2019, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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2005 DL650 Odd Chain Wear Pattern

I have had a 2005 DL650 since May 2013 and its a great bike. Its low miles as I've had or have other bikes as well during this time. Total miles is about 17000.

On a recent trip through northern Washington, Idaho and Montana and back over LoLo Pass to home about 1800 miles the chain started needing adjustment every day of about 250-350 miles. This is new and previously I could go 1000 miles or so between slack adjustments.

The odd wear pattern was evident after coming through two thunderstorms and lots of rain westward on the LoLo highway into Lewiston ID. When I looled at the chain only the left side of the rollers looked like they were engaging the sprocket surface, the left sides were polished silver and the right halves were oily.

Has anyone ever experienced this? I tried to upload a picture ( and a link) but the program said since I have less than 10 posts I can't do that.

I run easy speeds between 4500-5500 RPM ( GPS running from hi 50's to about 70) loaded with 2 side cases a givi tailbag and a dry bag with tent and sleeping bag and pad)

Just interesting because I've never seen a pattern like this on a chain bike I've owned. (DL650, CL450, XT350, KX125)

Thanks in advance for your thoughts, I'm going to order a chain and sprocket set to replace these factory OE ones.
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-14-2019, 01:10 PM
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Having to adjust the chain that frequently is definitely a sign it is worn out and needs changed. 17K is not so much but it may have been sitting and the o-rings may have simply aged and stopped to protect.

Also I wonder if the strange wear pattern is not caused by a loose sprocket carrier. When you take the rear wheel out check the carrier bearing and the cush rubbers. I bet the carrier will fall out of the wheel when tipped over, a sure sign the cush rubbers need replaced or at least shimmed to give a tight fit.
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-14-2019, 01:12 PM
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Looks like some orings missing and the internal lube has leaked out. In any case, when you have to adjust a chain that often it's a good sign it's worn out.
Replace it and both sprockets as a set.

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post #4 of 6 Old 08-14-2019, 01:20 PM
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Looks like an alignment issue, yet the rear sprocket teeth to chain appear to be aligned correctly. What does the front sprocket teeth vs the chain link look like? Also aligned in the center of the chain? You could have play or even a loose front sprocket. Something else to check is for side to side movement of the rear sprocket due to cush rubber / carrier bearing play or that the sprocket was not installed in reverse. Did you perhaps have the rear wheel off at any time prior to your trip?
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-14-2019, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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I did not have the rear wheel off during this trip. I did install new Avon TrailRider tires about 300 miles before starting this ride. I have not looked at the front sprocket yet, haven't ever looked at it because I never had a reason that I know of to do that. I'll also look at the cush rubbers, when I took the wheel off for the tire change the sprockek came out with a modest friction fit effort and the rubber looked OK.

After I look around on StromTrooper for chain info on recommended, or favored brands, I'll be ordering a new chain and sprocket set for it.

thanks for the replies so far.
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The swing arm alignment marks are not always accurate. Could be twisted to the right too far. But I would look for a damaged chain guide on the swing arm just behind the front sprocket. Or something stuck under the front sprocket cover rubbing on the chain.

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