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Hi guys - just got an '05 DRZ400s to replace my '03 XR250R and thought I'd pose a question. I'm thinking of swapping the 15t cs sprocket on my DRZ for a 14t just to give a bit more low-mid range zip. While I was at it I thought I'd take the chain off and give it a clean. Checking the owner manual it mentions that the chain is an 'endless' type with no master link and should be removed only by removing the swing-arm and should only be done by a Suzuki dealer. Can this be for real ? It also says not to replace with a master-link type chain ? I find this hard to believe - I assume most people have probably removed the chain using a breaking tool and installed a master-link ?

Any comments/opinions ?

Cheers

Dave

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You can cut the chain.

You can use a properly installed master link.

Clean the chain with kerosene.

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Many bikes come from the factory with an 'endless chain'... If it were me, I wouldn't break it just to clean it. A master link is just one more thing that can go wrong in middle of nowhere. [when installed properly, it shouldn't, but you never know]

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On a small bike like the DRZ, the endless chain not needed due to power output. It is a more secure chain per Regal's comment. I suspect it is that reason and the fact it is $.12 cheaper to buy and one less step in the assembly process.

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the fact it is $.12 cheaper to buy and one less step in the assembly process.

...and probably one less liability. If the robot didn't get the master link on correctly and someone dies as a result Suzuki would get thier pants sued off.

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Why do you need to clean the chain ? The stocker is an O ring. Lubing the outside and wiping it down with a shop towel isn't enough ?

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Many bikes come from the factory with an 'endless chain'... If it were me, I wouldn't break it just to clean it. A master link is just one more thing that can go wrong in middle of nowhere. [when installed properly, it shouldn't, but you never know]

That explains why I looked for 20 minutes for my master link and couldn't find it.... :applause:

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how do you make the chain shorter without breaking it??? I want my chain, just shorter so i can put on a smaller rear gear!!! Right now there's too many links.

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how do you make the chain shorter without breaking it??? I want my chain, just shorter so i can put on a smaller rear gear!!! Right now there's too many links.

Grind off the heads of the link you want to remove, pop the said plate off, and the other side of the link will come right off.

Even is you have a press, you should grind the flattened rivet head off first.

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so then if the head is grinded off, then what is going to keep the cahin together once it's re-assembled?

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so then if the head is grinded off, then what is going to keep the cahin together once it's re-assembled?

Do NOT use the link you've removed. No way, nada, nay nay. Disaster awaits you if you even think about it!:thumbsup:

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I have a RK chain on mine with a master link I'm pretty sure and I haven't had a problem in the years I've had it. *knock on wood*

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