On or Off; front chain guard


3 replies to this topic
  • kheiney

Posted May 27, 2008 - 11:17 AM

#1

I just bought a 01 yzf426 and the last owner didn't have any front chain guard on it. I ride trails and sometimes mud in the winter. Is it safe not to have anything there? Should I but the OEM guard or is there an aftermarket guard that works better?

  • grayracer513

Posted May 27, 2008 - 12:35 PM

#2

Strictly speaking, it safer to have the guard than not. I don't run one, however. Mud and brush can get caught behind the guard and cause trouble,but only if it's there.

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  • Family Man

Posted May 27, 2008 - 01:22 PM

#3

I would think that the steel gaurd should be kept in place to protect the case from the chain, should it happen to break. the plastic peace probley doesnt need to be there.

  • grayracer513

Posted May 27, 2008 - 01:56 PM

#4

I would think that the steel gaurd should be kept in place to protect the case from the chain, should it happen to break. the plastic peace probley doesnt need to be there.

You are correct (except that the steel guard is actually aluminum). The flat aluminum guide plate that sits just in front of the sprocket, commonly called a "case saver" is necessary to help prevent the chain from climbing off the front sprocket under certain slack conditions.





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