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Tightening chain, help...

I need to tighten my chain and I don't have a center-stand or bike-stand. Would I be able to tighten the kickstand with the bike on the side-stand? I figure I should probably get a bike-stand for changing oil and things like this. Can I get by without one for today...?

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Would I be able to tighten the kickstand with the bike on the side-stand?...
I am not sure what that means.

I'll ASSUME you have a 919, since you don't specify.
There are three options:
- find a PHOBMAN stand
- buy a rear stand (PitBull or similar)
- buy the Honda optional center stand.


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*tighten the chain with the bike on the side-stand, sorry

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*tighten the chain with the bike on the side-stand, sorry
Yes!

If you have a 919, just follow the instructions in Owners Manual. Stands of any type can make chain maintenance and adjustments easier, but are not a requirement.



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If you have a jackstand you can do what I do.

Push the bike over on the sidestand until the rear wheel is off the ground, then slide a jackstand under the mount where the centerstand would go. Carefully let the bike down to rest on the jack stand.

Works fine, just make sure you keep the wheel straight while you tighten the axle nut back down.

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Good morning,

So I need to replace the chain and sprocket on my 2006 919. The shop quoted me at $110 for the chain and then $60 for front and rear sprockets. Is there anywhere cheaper online that has decent stuff?

Also, should I do it myself or have them do it? I've never done it before and don't have the tools, either. The shop said $100 to install them. Surely I can do it for cheaper than that if it's not too difficult. Any advice?

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A good chain and sprocket set at SprocketCenter.com will be just under $200. Chain breaking/ riveting tool will be $50-$100 depending on what you choose, but it's a 1 time cost. If you do it yourself, buy an extra master link in case you mess up the first time. It's not real hard to do.

How many miles are on your chain now?

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Hmm, alright need to make a decision.

Not sure how old the chain is on there now as I got the bike a few weeks ago with 30k miles on the clock.

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Good morning,

So I need to replace the chain and sprocket on my 2006 919. The shop quoted me at $110 for the chain and then $60 for front and rear sprockets. Is there anywhere cheaper online that has decent stuff?

Also, should I do it myself or have them do it? I've never done it before and don't have the tools, either. The shop said $100 to install them. Surely I can do it for cheaper than that if it's not too difficult. Any advice?
I get my chains from MFGsupply.com not sure if they have chains for your application, but they been working good for me, and they come in colors!

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+1 for sprocket center, I got some good steel sprockets and a really nice DID chain for 200 bucks. If you do try it yourself make sure you have the proper tool to rivet the new link, I tried to cheap out on that and almost ruined a very expensive chain. I got the right tool and it was perfectly easy. Check ebay for the Stockton Chain tool, I got mine from a member on here for 50 bucks. In my experience you can get a much nicer setup than what the shop will put on for about the same price. GET EXTRA MASTER LINKS if you do it yourself, trust me you'll mess up the first one if you've never done it.

Also, with 30k miles on the bike the chain has surely been changed. Is the chain out of adjustment room, or does it pull off the back sprocket? Also do your sprockets look hooked or worn? My stock chain was done at about 15000 miles, but the stock sprockets were in perfectly good shape still, but I would recommend replacing both at the same time if you do.

I'd bet you could get a nice setup from sprocketcenter.com for $200, then find a chain tool for $50 if you look.

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The chain sits alright on the sprockets it's just pulled back as far as it can go. It's tight for the moment so when it starts acting up again I'll pull the trigger on something. Thanks for all the advice.

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You could always remove two links and run 112 instead of 114 and get a little more life out of that set up. that's coming from some one who is a tight wad though.

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The chain sits alright on the sprockets it's just pulled back as far as it can go. It's tight for the moment so when it starts acting up again I'll pull the trigger on something. Thanks for all the advice.
Just make sure it's not _too_ tight Set the proper slack.

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You could always remove two links and run 112 instead of 114 and get a little more life out of that set up. that's coming from some one who is a tight wad though.

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Actually, for those of us in the industrial career path, YES! I put a used quart in a spray bottle and spray my yard tools and wheelbarrow with it. I also spray the bottom of my jeep in the winter to keep the salty road grime from rusting everything. The remaining oil goes into a oil burning heater.

If you don't have an oil burning heater for the shop, BUY ONE! No use giving the oil away for free and paying for electric heat.

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Actually, for those of us in the industrial career path, YES! I put a used quart in a spray bottle and spray my yard tools and wheelbarrow with it. I also spray the bottom of my jeep in the winter to keep the salty road grime from rusting everything. The remaining oil goes into a oil burning heater.

If you don't have an oil burning heater for the shop, BUY ONE! No use giving the oil away for free and paying for electric heat.
Oil burning heater!!? this is Oregon!

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Oil burning heater!!? this is Oregon!
Oh how I wish I could afford an oil burning heater for my garage just to thumb my nose at my fellow Oregonians when they judge me before I tell them it's recycled/used oil

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Oh how I wish I could afford an oil burning heater for my garage just to thumb my nose at my fellow Oregonians when they judge me before I tell them it's recycled/used oil
I thought you were in Seattle!?
Well don't tell anyone but my old oil goes for killing weeds, coating Atv trailers, and burning trash during our soggy Oregon winters

Oh and I DO have and oil heater but i like my woodstove better, SO can we get back to the chain issue?

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You could always remove two links and run 112 instead of 114 and get a little more life out of that set up. that's coming from some one who is a tight wad though.

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I did my first chain sprocket replacement on my 919 about two months ago, and I only used one Master link.

I used a digital caliper to measure the 'mushrooms' to make sure they were going to hold.

I also bought the Tusk chain baker and press set. Much better than the harbor freight version.

Just get the right tools, watch some videos, you'll be fine.

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