Trouble with chain tension.


25 replies to this topic
  • XR650L_Dave

Posted July 05, 2006 - 01:53 PM

#21

Okay, I came back from a DS ride this weekend and the brand new
chain and sprockets are doing what the old set did.......
I checked them after fitting and after a 3-mile ride that set the chain.
Everything was fine.
I got back from the ride yesterday and washed the bike down, checked the
chain.... and it's doing it again!
Something is going on here and I have no clue what it could be... help!
It seems like the chain has uneven wear, causing it to have variable chain tension.
.... or like one of the sprockets has a high spot, causing the chain to tighten
up and at 180 degrees from that point loosen up again... :ride:



You're not letting a pressure-washer near your bike, are you?

Dave

  • Mudshark

Posted July 05, 2006 - 01:57 PM

#22

You're not letting a pressure-washer near your bike, are you?

Dave


No... just a bucket, soap and a brush, with a "light" hose rinse.
Pressure gets water into places that it's not meant to be.... been around
long enough to know that one :ride:

  • brichter

Posted July 06, 2006 - 11:49 AM

#23

I don't class less than 2.5 thousand street miles as "appreciable miles".
The chain must have been defective.


They start to wear as soon as you start to ride. As long as the chain has not stretched beyond service limits, it's not defective unless it breaks.

This is common to all motorcycles, that's why the service manual tells you to check the tension in several places. 2.5k miles is appreciable, what's the interval for checking/adjusting the chain in the service manual? :ride:

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  • Mudshark

Posted July 06, 2006 - 03:31 PM

#24

They start to wear as soon as you start to ride. As long as the chain has not stretched beyond service limits, it's not defective unless it breaks.

This is common to all motorcycles, that's why the service manual tells you to check the tension in several places. 2.5k miles is appreciable, what's the interval for checking/adjusting the chain in the service manual? :ride:


Thanks for the input brichter,
I check the chain, joints, linkages, spokes and everything else after every
DS ride. Or at least twice a month.
For a chain with a 20K street mile warranty on it, in 2.5K it should be
well within spec. I would class the ware my chain had as abnomal since it
was never sujected to any "stress".
It's just that I've never had this happen to a new chain. The one on there now
is 170 miles old and although it was fine when first fitted and for the first
few miles, after this weekend it's doing exactly what the old one was doing.

  • brichter

Posted July 06, 2006 - 11:10 PM

#25

My manual states the interval for lubricating & adjusting the chain is every 300 miles for my 600.Interestingly enough, my daughter's XR200R manual calls for the same maintenance interval. :ride:

BTW, both chains, being replaced with sprockets in March, show the same thing you're seeing. I've yet to have a motorcycle that didn't, I just find the tightest spot and adjust the tension at that spot, then ride the crap out of it! :ride:

  • Mudshark

Posted July 07, 2006 - 09:22 AM

#26

I just find the tightest spot and adjust the tension at that spot, then ride the crap out of it! :ride:


Thats what I ended up doing last night - hehe! :ride:





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