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Old 11-30-2011, 10:23 PM   #1
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Chain Stretch

This is a perfect example of a completely stretched out chain that I removed from a noob's 04 636, after he broke all the teeth off his rear sprocket.

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Old 11-30-2011, 10:36 PM   #2
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Just replaced my chain and notice the smoother shifts and ride,,,i stretched that 530 chain,,,the rear sprocket did not seem that bad, but the front one was like a Ninja throwing star..
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Just replaced my chain and notice the smoother shifts and ride,,,i stretched that 530 chain,,,the rear sprocket did not seem that bad, but the front one was like a Ninja throwing star..
whaz the change interval? My FZ1 just passed 16k mark.
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whaz the change interval? My FZ1 just passed 16k mark.
Check your chain for tight spots (are there a lot of links that don't bend properly?), check your chain for stretch (push your chain up while pulling on the chain at the very back of the rear sprocket, does it lift off a lot?), and check your sprockets for wear (do the teeth look like waves?). If any is the case replace the set. I've heard of chains lasting anywhere between 10k to 24k miles depending on care.
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Check your chain for tight spots (are there a lot of links that don't bend properly?), check your chain for stretch (push your chain up while pulling on the chain at the very back of the rear sprocket, does it lift off a lot?), and check your sprockets for wear (do the teeth look like waves?). If any is the case replace the set. I've heard of chains lasting anywhere between 10k to 24k miles depending on care.
Last time I took the rear wheel off, and the teeth of the rear look even and not much worn. I am surely gonna check for the tight spots tho although I don't think I recall any at this point.

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Old 11-30-2011, 11:03 PM   #6
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^^ what he said...Sure Motorcycles Unlimited can take a quick look at it and tell u right away too..
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someone just told me recently, he has same set of sprockets and chain for over 40k miles.
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Jp, take a look at the front sprocket.
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Thats it? LOL
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This is why he wanted the fix, he said his bike had a problem and wouldn't "go" and was making a popping noise.

I had extra sprockets, so I put them on for free. He couldn't afford a new chain so he wanted me to let him use the old chain , I showed him the chain had stretched so much it wouldn't seat correctly and just made a "clunk, clunk" noise when I rolled the wheel. It took almost two weeks for him to get the $80 for a new chain, which I put on and he is finally on his way, but I thought poor bike, no maintenance, that beautiful 636 just going to t.

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Hopefully the bike's his only mode of transportation
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Nice. You replace it with a steel one?
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YES, steel, I dont like Al.
and it IS his only mode of transportation
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and it IS his only mode of transportation
Good, then he's not wasting his money on a toy that he can't afford
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how many miles do you think were on teh chain?

if you didn't replace the sprockets, the chain aint gonna last a long time either.
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It helps to tighten the chain too. I suspect the tightness of the chain was the main cause here.
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how many miles do you think were on teh chain?

if you didn't replace the sprockets, the chain aint gonna last a long time either.
you didn't read ...

as far as miles, I think its the stock '04 chain, but someone put that rear sprocket on... when...

I'll try to find out how many miles, I didn't ask.
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