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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-09-2004, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
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when to change the chain?

as the title says! i got my bike back from the dealer and they said that i'll have to change my chain in about 1,000 miles. i checked the tension and it's still good, i still have some travel left in my rear tire to tighten it up even more if i have to.

so what's the dealio?
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-09-2004, 07:42 AM
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Re: when to change the chain?

I usually replace chains when the sprocket is shot, it's stretched all the way (never happened), or the links are kinking up (usually due to neglect )

When the DML is having a group buy is a good time too [smiley=cheeky.gif]
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Re: when to change the chain?

My chain started skipping a little before 10k miles. I switched it out at 10k and have been happy since.

Just bought a 14t front sprocket this week, which is going in today. I'm excited to see the changes...

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Re: when to change the chain?

I know it's about time to change mine because a few of the links are starting to gum up. They don't straighten out all the way like they should.
I'm running the stock chain with almost 11K on it. I'm going to try and make it to 12K before slapping on a new DID chain.
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Re: when to change the chain?

[quote]When the DML is having a group buy is a good time too

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Re: when to change the chain?

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Aluminum sprockets are a disservice.

Why's that? I can understand how steel would be more durable, but whats wrong with aluminum? I suppose my curiousity stems from the fact that i just ordered into the group chain/sprockets buy

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Aluminum sprockets are a disservice. :P Not bad though, considering MSRP for DID VM520 chain is $139.
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Re: when to change the chain?

You can check the length - somewhere in the shop manual for my bike ('02 M620ie) it says: stretch the chain and measure the length of 16 links: it should be below 256 mm...

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Re: when to change the chain?

I just replaced my chain at 12K and was surprised that it was starting to bind. It never saw rain, or dirt, it was lubed every 200 miles, and cleaned. I don't do wheelies or burn outs either. Supposedly, they are supposed to last for 18 K with tender lovin care like that !

I did the DID 520 with the aluminum sprocket. Looks nice!

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