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Old 08-01-2007, 04:20 PM   #1
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4 Hours, 3 People, 2 Sprockets, 1 Chain

There was no way I'd be able to make it all the way up to Ponder, TX from Houston at some unworldly hour of the morning to get there in time for pie with everyone, so instead I opted to stay home and ponder some long-overdue wrenching. I hopped online to check my email and was greeted by a few TWTs that seemed excited about the prospect of helping/watching Squeaky make a mess in the vicinity of her bike.

Billy (DFW_Warrior) had recommended staying away from any major maintenance on the XR the day before a ride (and Scott has reminded me of the same on many occasions) so Wilbur the silver VStrom became the center of attention. He was ready for a new chain and matching shiny sprockets, among other things.

Mollie (BMWbabe) and Bryan (sparkyphotog) and the mini Sparks came over bearing gifts of food and drink. We managed to get to work and got the rear wheel off without any trouble. I've removed a tire in a parking lot before, so I can manage pretty well in my own driveway. ;-)

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Bryan got to work getting the rear sprocket nuts off.

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No, I donít ever clean off the excess gook.

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I went to work on the old chain with the dremel, cutting through a pair of plates.

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Sparky made himself busy getting my rear hub de-gunked.

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Shiny new sprocket! Probably the cleanest thing on the whole bikeÖ

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Chain is almost off

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The old chain now removed, I went to work getting to the front sprocket. This is the third or fourth time Iíve done this, so I can recall a few of the quirks like the position of a strange spacer and the final resting place of some of the electrical wires in the area.

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Yuck!

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I used WD40 and Motorex Chain Cleaner with an old toothbrush to remove the majority of the buildup.

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This is about as much work as Iím willing to put into the cleanliness of my front sprocket enclosure. Itís just going to get mucked up again with chain lube and grime.

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Old and new. I stayed with stock gearing, since Iíve never had issues and would like to keep as broad a range of abilities on the Strom as possible.

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Mollie finished cleaning up and reassembling the rear hub while Sparky ran over to Graemeís to borrow a chain press tool. (Thanks a million Yogi!)

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Just to show that I can make just as much (if not more) of a mess at my own place as I can at other peopleís housesÖ

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In preparation for Sparkyís return, we counted, re-counted, re-re-counted (you get the idea) the new chain and proceeded to grind down the heads of the riveted pin that weíd need to push out to get the 120 down to 112 links.

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Once Sparky returned, he and I pushed the pin through and I threaded the new chain onto the new front sprocket.

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Rivet-style master link for this beast.

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Through trial and error with all the adapters and interchangeable parts on the chain tool (no, we didnít read the instructions) we got the plate pressed and the pins riveted. The hardest part of the job was the need for two sets of hands to both hold/align the parts and also operate the chain tool itself.

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We had a slight mishap on the first pin, but we managed to salvage the rivet. A slight crack on the mushroom, but no material cracked off and the mushroom on 75% of the pin is darn near perfect.
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Time to put it all back together!

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The last few bolts to replace the side cover

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I think weíre done!

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Time to play!

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Old 08-01-2007, 04:28 PM   #2
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center stands FTW nice mess
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thats a long time just for sprockets haha if you guys didnt take so many pics it would of gotten done alot quicker
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Old 08-01-2007, 04:33 PM   #4
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It would also have gone faster if we didn't need to send Brian for a 1/2" drive wrench (40 minutes) and then back out to Graeme's for the chain tool (hour and a half). The pictures were for entertainment value, plus I've gotten in the habit of taking pics of assembled parts before disassembly so I can refer back to the pic if I need to when I put it all back together.

We had fun, took our time, checked on the kids inside watching their DVDs, and chatted through the whole thing. I call it a good day with friends, with the added bonus of a new chain & sprockets.

And yes - center stands are the cat's pajamas!
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Old 08-01-2007, 04:37 PM   #5
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Be very careful with that rivet style chain link. I used a similar "universal" chain rivet tool and somehow either fudged up the mushroom or didn't compress the rivets enough. Nonetheless, it left me stranded by the road with a chain that was "doubled over" in the front sprocket area and a cracked transmission case cover. Just an FYI. I hear that when that happens it's not to uncommon to spin a bearing if that chain does decide to break at higher speeds.
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Old 08-01-2007, 04:39 PM   #6
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I've already considered picking up an extra master link, cutting that one off, and putting the new one on with (hopefully) more precise rivet 'shrooms. I needed to get the bike road worthy since the shops were closed by that time.
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I coulda let you use some of my tools. I replaced my chain and sprockets not too long ago and live like 2 minutes from you.
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Old 08-07-2007, 02:13 AM   #8
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I coulda let you use some of my tools. I replaced my chain and sprockets not too long ago and live like 2 minutes from you.
Did another chain yesterday on my friend's 650. We messed up the master on his (it twisted out of place and we cracked too much material off the end of the pin). Luckily, we had the extra master I'd picked up to re-do mine, but I hadn't gotten around to mine yet!

I'll be doing the XR's chain this week sometime, but its a clip link. You're welcome to come help!
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I have the tool to install the master link( rivet or clip). Lemme know when you start on the xr. I need to change the chain on my xr100 aswell.
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thats a long time just for sprockets haha if you guys didnt take so many pics it would of gotten done alot quicker
Gotta love squeaky. A story with pics.
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