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post #1 of 22 Old 11-07-2013, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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I'm stressing out over my 02 919 with 29k miles. I've only had it for 1k miles. Two rides ago I noticed some noise between 2500 and 3500 rpm. Sounded a bit like something was catching on the chain or scraping. I thought that it might be the chain so I readjusted it and now the chain is making a fair amount of noise towards the front sprocket. Sort of sounds like it's scraping the front of the rubber that protects the swing arm.
I have been taking the car while I try to fix this but I'd really like to get back on it. Any advice would be appreciated.

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If its the original chain, get a new one.

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If its the original chain, get a new one.
Are we talking replace it over the winter or don't take it to work you lunatic? Thanks for the response.

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Are we talking replace it over the winter or don't take it to work you lunatic? Thanks for the response.

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It depends on how long it's been making noise. I've ridden on a sloppy chain for about 300 miles before. It made me nervous because you never know when it'll break. I'd just replace it ASAP if you are able. If not, bring it to a shop. If you do a search here, there's lots of threads on how to do it. I'm sure there's a video on YouTube by one of our most abusive mods.

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Not knowing from your post if it's the original chain, I would also check your rear wheel bearings. Mine went out around 30K miles. Get the rear wheel off the ground and try to move the wheel back n forth. If it is the original chain, I would replace it as soon as you can if it's making that much noise.

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Are you measuring slack with it on the sidestand?

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Hi all,
I don't know whether or not it's the original chain. I know that it's not too stretched out though because the adjusters aren't backed out all the way and I couldn't find any loose/tight spots when measuring at different points.

I adjusted and measured on the side stand and with the rear wheel off the ground and got about 1.5" when pushing up and pulling down.

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Not knowing from your post if it's the original chain, I would also check your rear wheel bearings. Mine went out around 30K miles. Get the rear wheel off the ground and try to move the wheel back n forth. If it is the original chain, I would replace it as soon as you can if it's making that much noise.
Thanks I will see if the wheel has play once I get the swing arm adapters for my rear stand.

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Haha you know what, Ive had the 919 for about the same time as you, and I noticed the exact same thing and was worried also. After looking at everything I came to the conclusion with the cold weather and rain recently that when I let off the throttle around that low range, or come to a stop at a light I would hear it. It was a few tight links in the chain and causing it to slap on the hugger- style chain guide. If its cold where you are, warm up the bike indoors and check chain links to ensure they freely move and do all the normal maintenance stuff. If someone was selling it, they may have put off the investment in a new chain/sprockets. Also, if your going to replace it, do the sprockets as well so ya dont cook the new chain

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I guess a 17/44 520 conversion is in my immediate future. I don't want to spend the money but I plan to keep this bike for a long time.

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I adjusted and measured on the side stand and with the rear wheel off the ground and got about 1.5" when pushing up and pulling down.
Your chin is too tight! You need to check slack with it on the sidestand with the wheel on the ground.

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Your chin is too tight! You need to check slack with it on the sidestand with the wheel on the ground.
while sitting on it to properly gauge the actual tension... if I set it on the side stand it's piano wire tight when I (all 295 pounds of me) sit on it...

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Any recommendations on chain tools? I'm looking at this kit:
AFAM 520 Sprocket Kit with the RK 520 GWX chain

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I guess there aren't a lot of options if you don't want to spend a ton of money on the tool, I guess this looks pretty good:
Motion Pro 08-0470 PBR Chain Breaker : Amazon.com : Automotive

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call LDH on the chain set, he had a smokin deal going on the set. the PBR chain tool works fantastic, worth the price


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If you don't want to buy a tool and know how many links, you can have your local shop cut and rivet it. Installation is a bit more work but will save you some money.

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call LDH on the chain set, he had a smokin deal going on the set. the PBR chain tool works fantastic, worth the price
oooh. I wanted to buy from him but the $20 shipping pushed me over the edge. Thanks!



I dont' mind doing the work myself, especially if the tool costs less than the install. Toolbox doesn't fill itself. Do 520 chains have the same amount of links as 530s? I'd assume so since but wanted to check that it would still be 112-114 links.

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... I'm sure there's a video on YouTube by one of our most abusive mods.
Actually, our camera was stolen around the same time I replaced two chains, so you lucked out on this one.


And yes, 530 chains have the same # of links.

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Actually, our camera was stolen around the same time I replaced two chains, so you lucked out on this one.

And yes, 530 chains have the same # of links.

...on my Droid.
What makes you think I was talking about you? Sheesh. :P
Sucks that someone stole your camera. I hope you get/got a new one. Your videos are handy for many people.

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What makes you think I was talking about you? Sheesh. :P
Sucks that someone stole your camera. I hope you get/got a new one. Your videos are handy for many people.
Sucky thing was it was left in the FAMILY changing room at a local hot springs. We walked out and in less than 30 seconds it was gone. Some kids got a good lesson in how to plan for jail life in the next 20 years, that's for sure.

Stupid people.

I do have a ton of videos I need to get editing. Just haven't had the time.

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Worst thing in the world is a thief. Fuckers!

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Worst thing in the world is a thief. Fuckers!
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Not related to the thread but related to the comment. I just recently had an incident where a thief stole a flashdrive from my stuff that contained sensitive client information. Put me into a world of hurt with state laws/procedures, ethics, program procedures, etc. Thankfully I was able to recover it with no questions asked even though the damage had been done. The graduate program took some responsibility in acknowledging that they contributed to us students being vulnerable by having to cart around all this information.

All it took was less than 30 seconds and that flashdrive disappeared.

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