Chain, Sprockets... Oh Yea - Wrist Twisters
 
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post #1 of 7 Old 07-28-2008, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Chain, Sprockets... Oh Yea

Like xrmikey, I finally did the deed this weekend also.
I bought my 9'r last month and quickly figured out the chain wasn't right. You know how a stretched chain sounds at 20mph?

I got the standard sprocket set from DriveSystems, and paid too much locally for a DID O-ring 114 link chain. Buying a rivet tool wasn't in the budget so I cut it down to 112 links using the bench grinder and a center punch (dang those chains are hard, now my center punch is a 'dimple punch' :O

Sure enough the guys at the local shop were nice enough to rivet it together after they drilled me over "you're making this too hard, you'll have to remove the swing arm". They did a double take when I told them 'No I don't.
jbreddawg's tip on using the axle bolt to slide out the swing arm bolt, then removing the LS swingarm bracket, it worked like a charm.

Any what, you fellers are doing a great service to those of us that are in the learning mode! I can't say thanks enough!

After adjusting out a half an inch of slack out of the throttle cable and now with the new chain & sprockets, it's like a different bike! I'm lovin it! I'm about ready to take it out on the freeway!

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-28-2008, 05:43 PM
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Sounds like I need to get that stocker off there and put a better chain/sprocket combo on.

Glad to hear that you are so happy with the change.

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-28-2008, 05:56 PM
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Nice, isn't it.

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post #4 of 7 Old 07-28-2008, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Sounds like I need to get that stocker off there and put a better chain/sprocket combo on.
I'm not saying the aftermarket ones are better or worse. Others here have lots of info about that.
My previous set (stock) was just badly abused.
I had two main symptoms. One, I could hear a zzzZZzzzzZZzzzzZZ while traveling at low 20s or so in the neighborhood. Two, when letting off the gas there was noticable time lag before the engine loaded the back wheel. Three, I had a B-of a time trying to adjust the chain slack, cause it would change quite a bit when rotating the back wheel (while on a stand).

So, that's why the big improvement.

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Nice, isn't it.
Yes it is!
I should have taken pics of the swingarm trick but I was afraid of you guys seeing my 2 scissor jacks and a tire iron center stand!

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post #6 of 7 Old 07-29-2008, 04:52 AM
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It's time for someone to step up and document the chain replacement procedure including photos. It would be a good addition to the 919 Helpful Topics.

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-29-2008, 07:43 AM
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Bazooka...Dont worry I used a jack and jack stands to get the bike off the ground when I changed my chain and sprockets...just doing what we can with what we got...

Mister Mike...that is a great idea because when I could of used that information when I changed mine out...

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