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Old 06-06-2013, 09:03 AM   #1
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Chain and sprocket question

So I know most people say, replace your sprockets with your chain.....but check this out.


The bike only had 7500 miles when I got it, the previous owner didn't lube the chain so it has tight spots and some rust. The sprockets are fine.

Do you guys think I'll dramatically shorten the life of the new chain if I switch it out and keep these sprockets that now have 9300 miles on them?
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:13 AM   #2
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Replace the whole set.. Always... The set is fairly cheap...
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So I know most people say, replace your sprockets with your chain.....but check this out.


The bike only had 7500 miles when I got it, the previous owner didn't lube the chain so it has tight spots and some rust. The sprockets are fine.

Do you guys think I'll dramatically shorten the life of the new chain if I switch it out and keep these sprockets that now have 9300 miles on them?
no, I'd say those sprockets are about 60% done, BUT, if they are not worn, just replace the chain.

I dont buy into that "replace ALL of them" .

Been mixing and matching for years. no biggie.

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so in x mos( depending on how many miles you ride) you'll be changing out the sprockets, then a few months later you'll be changing out the chain then the sprockets then the chain

or do both at 1x and ride 2x as long between changing chain or sprocket
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so in x mos( depending on how many miles you ride) you'll be changing out the sprockets, then a few months later you'll be changing out the chain then the sprockets then the chain

or do both at 1x and ride 2x as long between changing chain or sprocket
huh?

Chain should last 10K or more....sprockets the same.

takes very little time to do either.

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Chain should last 10K or more....sprockets the same.
Then if he's got 9300 on a poorly maintained chain he might as well replace both. A sprocket/chain kit should be cheaper than purchasing everything separately.
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so sprockets are at 50%, chain at 100% , in 5k mi chain is at 50% sprockets 0%, change sprockets

another 5k mi, chain is at 0% sprockets 50% replace chain

replace sprockets and chain now, don't worry about either till 10k
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Easier to do it all at once, and keep it all on schedule. Sprockets might have another 5k left in them. So, you save $100-150 now, just to spend that money (probably more) in a few thousand miles, and rip everything apart, again (or pay for labor again).
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......... (or pay for labor again).
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:42 AM   #11
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Some people dont know how to do it. Ask Patrick how many people pay him to do simple like this.
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Some people dont know how to do it. Ask Patrick how many people pay him to do simple like this.
I agree......

Thats kind of why I am not advocating R&R'ing all three at once.

NOW, If I did not know how to do it, yeah, I would go all three at once.



ETA: Supposing one does know how to do it. There is a benefit to doing one, then 5K do the others...or whatever.
There is not much room for mechanical error on a bike, so if every 5K you do something, anything, to the bike, you may catch an issue before it cost you
a crash.

about every 2 weeks, I nut and bolt the entire bike. Go over it like I was about to run the TT. Then again, I am pretty about maint.

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Just clean the chain good with some good ole kerosene and a good scrubbing with a soft bristle tooth brush to break away some of that rust and grime. Lube it and ride it around and check the chain again.
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Just clean the chain good with some good ole kerosene and a good scrubbing with a soft bristle tooth brush to break away some of that rust and grime. Lube it and ride it around and check the chain again.
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It's only good advice for stock, steel sprockets. Aluminum sprockets, especially those from everyone's favorite vendor vortex, don't last for . I'll replace sprockets 2x as often as chaings using vortex.
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Just clean the chain good with some good ole kerosene and a good scrubbing with a soft bristle tooth brush to break away some of that rust and grime. Lube it and ride it around and check the chain again.
if you are going to go that route, use diesel. It has all kinds of stupid lubes in it.
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I know you want to be a cheap , but check this out...

change the sprockets too.

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If you're not handy and you don't feel like it is an easy job to do, change both so that you don't have to keep changing every other one. If you are like Truckin_Thumper, do whatever you feel like doing.

I would probably YouTube it and try to DIY.
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