Anyone have sprocket changing tips?
Posted May 24, 2005 - 11:46 AM
Like I said, I've never messed with a chain on a bike. My road bike is shaft drive (BMW), so it was never an issue.
Posted May 24, 2005 - 11:54 AM
NO impact driver, just a breaker bar with a 6-point socket. Make sure to torque it on properly. Same with rear sprocket bolts.
Posted May 24, 2005 - 12:11 PM
Even a box wrench ground in half is better than an open end wrench. Sometimes the clearance is not enough to make the wrench fit.
Posted May 24, 2005 - 01:09 PM
You'll defintely need a press on tool that is about $20 to put the DID X ring on. Great chain, had mine for over a year and EXCELLENT wear so far. Also, many recommend using new rear sprocket bolts when replacing the sprocket.
Posted May 24, 2005 - 05:06 PM
Posted May 25, 2005 - 06:37 AM
Leave the chain on the bike to remove the front sprocket.
Flatten the lock washer. You can reuse it if you didn't damage it too much. Have someone apply the rear brake to lock the rear wheel.
Unscrew the large nut with a 1/2" drive socket with an extension if needed.
[COLOR=DarkRed]No impact wrench.[/COLOR]
It is a VERY good habit to change the sprocket bolts/nuts as well, or at least the nuts.
[COLOR=DarkOrange]Stay away from the impact wrench[/COLOR].
These are locked nuts and have a slight oval shape when new. So when it's tighten it locks on the bolt. But when you take them out, the oval shape is rounded, no more self locking.
[COLOR=Navy]Use blue loctite [/COLOR] and torque properly in a criss cross pattern.
I had to replace my rear hub, the sprocket, relace the rear wheel and new sprocket bolt assly. $$$
Once the rear sprocket is off the hub, check roundeness of the holes
Make sure you don't adjust the chain too tight. And recheck torque regularly.
Posted May 25, 2005 - 10:57 PM
Posted May 25, 2005 - 11:52 PM
Chain and sprockets came today in the UPS truck. Sweet! My chain came with two different kinds of master links. One has the clip to hold on the side plate, the other gets the pins pressed to hold the side plate on. Which one would you recommend to use? What's the pro's vs con's of each? I did also buy the little $20 Motion Pro chain press tool.
I would use the clip to hold on the side plate for easier removal. Wouldn't you have to use a chainbreaker tool to get the other one off?
Posted May 27, 2005 - 06:34 AM