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Old 07-24-2012, 06:42 PM   #1
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Tight section in new chain

Is it pretty normal to develop a tight section in a new chain? I think I have about 400 miles on the new chain and I have already developed a tight section. Do I just readjust tension at the tight spot and just continue riding?
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Have you lubed it in an attempt to get rid of the tight section?
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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tight section as in kinked chain? If so, there's nothing you can do about it. If you have it kinked where you pressed the plate then you might have to loosen it up or replace it and spaced the link accordingly.
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Tight section as in, when you spin your wheel the chain gets loose, then gets tight, then gets loose again?
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Tight section as in, when you spin your wheel the chain gets loose, then gets tight, then gets loose again?
Yessir!

The links are not kinked/seized and are lubed really well. I have been using gear oil as lube on this install to try out. It's not kinked where the master link is put. I guess I need to go out and see if there's a consistent tightness in part of the chain compared to the rest.

I'm starting to wondering if a worn cush drive has anything to do with it...
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Yessir!

The links are not kinked/seized and are lubed really well. I have been using gear oil as lube on this install to try out. It's not kinked where the master link is put. I guess I need to go out and see if there's a consistent tightness in part of the chain compared to the rest.

I'm starting to wondering if a worn cush drive has anything to do with it...

If you're only replacing the chain and not the sprockets as a set, then you need to replace the sprockets as well.
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Did you replace the sprockets with the chain?
If not the new chain is being worn by the old sprockets.
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If you're only replacing the chain and not the sprockets as a set, then you need to replace the sprockets as well.
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Did you replace the sprockets with the chain?
If not the new chain is being worn by the old sprockets.
I replaced both as a set.
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Adjust the freeplay for the tightest spot of the chain and hope it evens out the wear.
I'd also start using a good quality chain lube like Bel Ray.
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Try a complete degrease & scrub with toothbrush... Then lube back up. That worked for me, though mine was old & after a rainy ride. Can't hurt though.
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