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Old 06-06-2008, 08:05 AM   #21
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I've never replaced a chain. I've got about 5800 miles on my stock chain, I keep it cleaned and lubed good. I think when I hit around 10K I may change it out, as well as going +2 in the rear. Breaking/riviting the chain seems easy but I dunno as I've never done it.
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Old 06-06-2008, 08:59 AM   #22
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all this is making me wonder.... uh, how can you even tell when the chain needs to be replaced? I can tell usually when it needs to be cleaned or lubed...but i would have no idea of knowing when its time for a new one?!?!
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all this is making me wonder.... uh, how can you even tell when the chain needs to be replaced? I can tell usually when it needs to be cleaned or lubed...but i would have no idea of knowing when its time for a new one?!?!
1. If when adjusting it you have no more room on the axel
2. if it jumps off the sprockets
3. Broken links
4. Hard spots
5. Your sprockets are shot you may want to replace both sprockets and chain.

That should cover it.
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:47 AM   #24
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You can also do a search and get a measurement for chain stretch, and check it.

strat1701: cutting it apart is easy, but you need a proper tool to rivet it back together. Or you can use a clip type master, but most don't recommend it.
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1. If when adjusting it you have no more room on the axel
2. if it jumps off the sprockets
3. Broken links
4. Hard spots
5. Your sprockets are shot you may want to replace both sprockets and chain.

That should cover it.
HA! maybe that was a bad question for me to ask, cuz...1. Im never the one to adjust it. 2 and 3, i kinda understand. 4. a chain is always hard, how can i tell if it has a hard spot? lol...
- I can ride the thing, not tinker mechanically with it lol..
So..I got it, i got it...English terms...or girl(Amanda) terms... Just ask a trustable man!
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Old 06-06-2008, 11:37 AM   #26
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HA! maybe that was a bad question for me to ask, cuz...1. Im never the one to adjust it. 2 and 3, i kinda understand. 4. a chain is always hard, how can i tell if it has a hard spot? lol...
- I can ride the thing, not tinker mechanically with it lol..
So..I got it, i got it...English terms...or girl(Amanda) terms... Just ask a trustable man!
What he means by "hard spots" is better described as "tight spots". When you have the bike on the swingarm stand and you are adjusting your chain, you will notice that the slack inbetween the two sprockets may be more or less as you spin the wheel. The areas in the chain wear the slack is the tightest are known as tight spots. If your chain has been over tightened during adjustments, not cleaned and lubed right etc, it will develope these tight spots. You can live with couple but if they start getting bad, you need to change chains.

Some people/mechs will tell you kind of the opposite. They will say that the "tight spots" are actually the original condition of the chain and all the other areas where there is more slack are called "loose spots". Those are also caused by over tightening the chain and when the suspension compresses during normal riding, it stretches the chain in those areas causing the "loose spots". Either scenario/theory ends in the same result, a new chain.

Hope that clears it up for ya....
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What he means by "hard spots" is better described as "tight spots". When you have the bike on the swingarm stand and you are adjusting your chain, you will notice that the slack inbetween the two sprockets may be more or less as you spin the wheel. The areas in the chain wear the slack is the tightest are known as tight spots. If your chain has been over tightened during adjustments, not cleaned and lubed right etc, it will develope these tight spots. You can live with couple but if they start getting bad, you need to change chains.

Some people/mechs will tell you kind of the opposite. They will say that the "tight spots" are actually the original condition of the chain and all the other areas where there is more slack are called "loose spots". Those are also caused by over tightening the chain and when the suspension compresses during normal riding, it stretches the chain in those areas causing the "loose spots". Either scenario/theory ends in the same result, a new chain.

Hope that clears it up for ya....
That actually does help a lot! Thank you!
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