Chain adjuster XR650R

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  • philipstjohn

Posted January 16, 2008 - 05:06 AM


I have read several threads where guys have found the bolts siezed, or they break off/strip because of being siezed or frozen in there. Well, I guess I am lucky it was time to change the tire, because when I went to turn the bolts all the way in to get the tire off, the left side was tight to turn, like it was about to sieze up in there. I was able to work the bolt back and forth until it turned smoothly, but someone mentioned using a "anti sieze" lube or something like that to help the bolt from freezing up in there. What do I use?:banghead:

  • scalejockey

Posted January 16, 2008 - 05:46 AM


Molly paste (anti seize). The auto parts parts stores sells these little one shot packs at the register for spark plug installs. Or you can get a small can ,but that will last 40 years. Mine has lasted 20 so far and only half done.

I just noticed where you at..Florida. You might as well get a can I know how wet it is there..

  • BWB63

Posted January 16, 2008 - 06:43 AM


I like using the old stuff, I will have to look at the name but, I think Fel-pro makes it. It has lead and aluminum in it. Some other things to think about is the suspension linkage and the swing arm pivot bolt. These get siezed or frozen very quickly if not taken care of.

  • absynth01

Posted January 16, 2008 - 06:50 AM


Never seize is the brand I use. It is like an aluminum colored paste. Use it on anything corrosion prone or dissimilar metals. I use it a lot at work on industrial machines as well as marine applications. It's the same stuff as said above for spark plugs. Farm and country stores carry it also for farm equipment.

  • Agent2

Posted January 16, 2008 - 09:10 AM


Or you can pick up a tube of Permatex Anti Seize at any auto parts store for about 3-4 bucks. Works great and as said above use it where ever dissimilar metals are in contact with each other, and a dab on the spark plug threads.

  • oldturtle

Posted January 16, 2008 - 10:57 AM


Have you seen the Achilles Heel thread on BRP (Big Red Pig) site? Do all these items and keep that 06 on the trail.

  • philipstjohn

Posted January 16, 2008 - 03:25 PM


I appreciate the suggestions and help guys...I had a "one shot pack" on hand so I used it so I could get the bike together again, but went out and found some anti siezing goop for this and the other maintenance issues- like BWB63 (Bruce) mentioned, the suspension linkage and swingarm pivot bolt. Anything else I should lube up while I am at it?

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  • XR4DEZ

Posted January 16, 2008 - 04:24 PM


The pins that hold in the brake pads. I do the pipe bolts including the end cap and the tank insert bolts too.

  • hill5150

Posted January 16, 2008 - 05:05 PM


Never Seize.......:banghead:

  • weskc35k

Posted January 17, 2008 - 02:57 PM


Anything else I should lube up while I am at it?
The wife?

  • philipstjohn

Posted January 17, 2008 - 04:05 PM


Anything else I should lube up while I am at it?
The wife?


  • weskc35k

Posted January 17, 2008 - 06:16 PM


Well it always seems to help

  • Descalzo

Posted January 20, 2008 - 03:41 AM


When I got mine, the bolt's for the clutch cover had started to corrode & pit - so I'd suggest you check/do those, I did the stator cover & the oil filter bolts too (although those seem to get well oiled at every filter change)

Like someone else mentioned - anyplace a "steel" bolts going into an alum thread is a prime candidate for anti-sieze. I heard some people say lock-tite does the same job & is a better choice for some applications - personally if the manual says a drop of oil, I use a dab of anti-sieze intead.

  • Frank ZX

Posted January 20, 2008 - 12:34 PM


Anti-sieze is the best thing to use,but in a pinch,You can use Maylox,You know the anti acid,white chalky liquid stuff you drink.
I know it sounds crazy,I read about it years ago in a car magazine.
They said to dip or brush it on,and next time you remove your bolt or spark plug,it will come out easy.

  • JMo

Posted May 12, 2008 - 01:40 PM


I read this thread last night as my friend with a KTM has a similar problem with the chain adjuster bolt siezing... I went out to the garage first thing and slathered mine in copper-slip! - thankfuly they came undone just fine...

However, one thing I noticed on my 650R (someone above mentions they had a problem with the left hand adjuster particularly) is the amount of water that came out of the hole in the left side of the swingarm when I took the bolt right out... that can't help the corrosion! Any idea how the water gets in there? - I noticed a little hole in the top of the swingarm near the shock (next to the upper chain guide mounting bolt) - stuck a piece of duct tape over it!


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