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Old 05-07-2008, 09:50 AM
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New Chain

So I just ordered a new chain. I ordered the factory chain and sprockets. I also ordered a new RK chain tool. I am going to attempt to put my new chain on. Has anybody done this before? Is it straight forward? Is there anything I need to know before I attempt to peen the master link?

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Old 05-07-2008, 11:31 AM
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only dont dirt bike chains way back in the way back... double check your sprockets before putting the new chain on to make sure they dont need to be replaced.

how many miles on your rr now? think i just rolled 15k? getting the drz cut way back on my rr miles.
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:55 PM
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I ordered new sprockets with the chain. It is all getting replaced. I am almost at 20K
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Old 05-07-2008, 01:31 PM
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Mine is around 13K.

I think maybe at 15K I'll go a tooth down or add some to the rear.

Anyhow, on topic, last chain/sprocket set I replaced was on a VFR, had a local shop do the rivet for me and then just put it on solid.

I'm sure somewhere on youtube or some forums there's a step by step and such. From all I've read or seen it doesn't look that difficult, I would think you'd be fine.
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Old 05-07-2008, 01:55 PM
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just be sure to keep any grease out of the pins of the master link(assuming they're hollow like mine were) as it can "hydro" and break them ...which we all know can lead to bad things
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Old 05-14-2008, 08:07 AM
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So, I went to install my chain last night. It was a bitch replacing the front sprocket. You have to feed the chain around the sprocket with the cover on because the waterpump housing is in the way. Anyways I got all the sprockets on and fed the chain through and the chain was wrong. WTF??
I paid more from the dealer so I wouldn't have this problem. I spend nearly 800 dollars to get my bike ready for this weekend and the fuckin chain is wrong. They didn't ask any questions and I assumed since I ordered both sprockets at the same time they would know what chain to order. This happens too much in my opinion

I just got done replacing parts in the front of my Toyota PU. I replaced the t-belt and all the seals and the oil pump and the water pump. When I got home the front seal was wrong the water pump was wrong and the flange bolts for the exhaust was wrong. WTF does nobody take any pride. Now I have to clean up go back to the dealer to hear them say "Oh I am sorry" "I will have to order the right stuff" "I will call you in a week when it gets in" even then no call.

What happened to the automotive field? That is why I do my own work. If I can't get the right parts I am really scared the techs can't fix it right? Ya you can take it back but the damage is already done.

Well, At least I am not bitter.
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Old 05-14-2008, 08:21 AM
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sucks dude

I've written down part #'s before and said, "this is exactly what I need". Then you find out they don't use the oem part number but their own. Then you get some newb that you're trusting to cross reference the #'s correctly.\
Also sucks that when you do any job like that you have to allocated yourself twice as much time...for trips back for things you forgot and the newb didn't know.
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:22 AM
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what was wrong with the chain? Too many links?
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:30 AM
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You spent $800 on two sprockets and a chain?
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:35 AM
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^^^^

i hope they're gold plated and last 30k miles.
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:51 AM
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i hope they're gold plated and last 30k miles.
LOL

I'm sure he's probably factoring in his rubbers...

But it was funny anyway.

WTF is up with some of the "smilies"

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Old 05-14-2008, 09:52 AM
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The chain and sprockets were 300 dollars I had them put a tire on it while I waited then I ordered a crush tool to install the chain at 150. That was after tax pretty close to 800 bucks. I ordered the stock stuff so I wouldn't have a problem. Not clear thinking on my part, but I figured how could they screw up the chain if you order the stock sprockets.

To answer the posters questions Yes when I put the sprockets on and wrapped the chain around them with the tire all the way back as far as it would go the chain hit the floor. I am not sure what bike this came from. I then checked it with the old chain and the new chain is definitely longer than the old one.

I may take it back and order a gold aftermarket. they are sweet looking. I hope they last as long though I got just shy of 20k out of the stock one.
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Old 05-14-2008, 10:12 AM
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Ok, I just talked to Honda they said the chain comes too long purposely. It has to be cut. the Parts guy didn't understand either because there are no variations to the sprockets. You can't buy different size sprockets from the factory for emission reasons. So if you have no choices of sprockets why change the size of the chain. Oh well I will cut it and use it.
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Old 05-14-2008, 11:07 AM
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So, did you appoligizing to the parts guy for swearing his name up and down when you where home?
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Old 05-14-2008, 11:30 AM
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Nope it was all seemless. He didn't even know I wished him to Hell. He thinks we are still buds.
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Old 05-14-2008, 11:34 AM
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lol
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Old 05-14-2008, 11:44 AM
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Nope it was all seemless. He didn't even know I wished him to Hell. He thinks we are still buds.
this is key to keeping up a good relationship with the shop you frequent. gj! if you do most of your buying from one shop make sure you start asking for your hrc discount. i did and it worked. i now have a automatic 10% discount on purchases at my local shop even tho i hate them...
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Old 05-14-2008, 04:16 PM
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what is hrc?
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Old 05-14-2008, 04:51 PM
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sorry i meant hrca. honda riders club of america. hrc is honda racing
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Old 05-14-2008, 04:53 PM
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hrca

hrc

when you buy a new honda they give you a 1 year membership for free. being a member doesn't give you a 10% discount by default. its just the reasoning i used to get one at the honda shop nearest me.
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:11 PM
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yes, chains are made long on purpose... for street bikes, they're usually in 100, 120, and 140 link kits.

easiest way to install for me is to:

1. grind down the rivets on the old master link.
2. pop off plate with flat tip screwdriver.
3. remove master link.
4. loosen axle and move full forward.
5. connect old chain to new chain with new master link and thread on the new chain.
6. remove old chain from new chain.
7. measure off the new chain to within a half link.
8. grind rivets and pop off link from excess length.
9. install new master link:
......a. press on plate with proper press. if you have no press, use vice grips, but only at outer edges of plate, NOT THE MIDDLE.
......b. align riveter. only expand rivets until slight flaring is noticed all the way to the base of the plate holes. if the rivet splits, get a new master link.
10. adjust chain slack, align rear wheel, and tighten axle nut.
11. if the chain isn't prestretched, readjust slack within 50 miles.

Last edited by oak; 05-14-2008 at 05:13 PM.
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Old 05-14-2008, 06:03 PM
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5. connect old chain to new chain with new master link and thread on the new chain.
6. remove old chain from new chain........

Fucking Brilliant!


*bet repsol is feeling stupid now
inspector engraves a j/k on the master link
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