When to replace chain/sprockets - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods For maintaining, repair or modifications of Generation 1 KLR's. 2007 and earlier.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 Old 06-23-2008, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
2nd Gear
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 153
When to replace chain/sprockets

Hey everyone. How often have people been changing their chain/ sprockets? I have ridden dirt bikes most of my life, and the intervals between changes were never the same. It just depended how much riding I did. I don't do hardly any off road riding on my 2005 KLR. I commute, and it looks like I am going to put on about 1000 miles per month, but it could be a little more. I haven't been experiencing any problems, but I want to be prepared for anything. Is there been a common mileage where other KLR owners have found it necessary to change their chain AND sprockets? BTW I am aware of how and when I would need to adjust the chain. Also...brakes...I know it all depends on how you ride, but how many miles have other riders gotten (on average) out of the stock brake pads? Just lookin for some estimate mileage intervals. I am new to the dual sport world, and I want to keep my KLR on the road for as long as possible! Thanks!
P.S. Puttin on new tires this week, and doin the Doohickey upgrade also.
rickyp3278 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 06-23-2008, 07:12 PM
5th Gear
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 4,700
With the chain/sprockets, just keep an eye on your sprockets for odd wear. Typically, the front wears out before the back, just because it gets more use (less teeth).
My set are stock at and at 13K miles, they show no signs of wear, and I think I can see them making 20K pretty easily. If you're needing to adjust the chain more than once every 1000 miles or so, take a good look at them.

As far as pads, mine, and others I know needed replacement around 10-12K miles. Very easy to replace them, also.
Paper is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 06-23-2008, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
2nd Gear
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 153
thanks paper...appreciate the info. Looking to upgrade the brake pads...any recommendations? Thanks
rickyp3278 is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 06-23-2008, 07:35 PM
5th Gear
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 4,700
If I remember correctly, I've been using SBS pads. (because they were available)
Paper is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 06-23-2008, 10:35 PM
4th Gear
DXKLR's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Richmond, Ky
Posts: 1,980
Almost 10,000 miles on my chain and rear sprocket, I have changed the front around 2 or 3 times now. I am still at the same stock chain tension setting that came from factory and the sprockets still look fine with no noticable wear. My front pads had to be changed at about 6000 miles, and I changed the rears around 7500 miles, not really needed but did anyway.

DO NOT buy the kevlar pads off of EBay. Dangerous!!!!!!!...is what is currently on my back brakes, they won't stop you. EBC's on the front, and do great.

2008 DL650 VStrom Yellow and Black
Previous ride was a 2007 KLR Black/Silver, I miss it..
Looking to get back into KLR's sometime soon.

Best Auto/Moto Insurance | Motorcycle Protection Today | FREE Trade-In Quote
DXKLR is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What is the best chain and sprockets combo? Gitrdun 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 20 05-05-2018 02:56 PM
gearing sprockets too high ? rip-rock 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 10 01-02-2010 11:05 AM
Need to replace front brake lever mtneering 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 2 06-05-2007 03:25 PM
Chain & Sprockets, where to... tomatocity 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 5 12-13-2006 05:15 PM
Where to buy chain/sprockets online? Bones Bike and Rider Gear 8 11-22-2006 08:17 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome