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post #1 of 7 Old 08-09-2010, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Ok so I was doing som chain maintenance this weekend and I noticed the top side of my chain was basically lying on the rubber swing arm guard. I checked slacked and it was within parameters. I just wasn't sure if it was cool with the chain lying on the rubber guard.

Anyone able to let me know.

Thanks.
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Hi rw83. My chain rides as your chain does...on the chain guide. It seems that too loose of a chain tension will speed the deterioration of these chain guides. I have over 40,000 miles on one, with what looks like quite a bit of life left to it. They are dispensible items, like tires. There will come a time when they [front and rear] may need to be replaced. I am considering this for replacements when the time comes:

http://www.hotfootmoto.com/Site_2/Kawasaki_Sliders.html

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Hi rw83. My chain rides as your chain does...on the chain guide. It seems that too loose of a chain tension will speed the deterioration of these chain guides. I have over 40,000 miles on one, with what looks like quite a bit of life left to it. They are dispensible items, like tires. There will come a time when they [front and rear] may need to be replaced. I am considering this for replacements when the time comes:

http://www.hotfootmoto.com/Site_2/Kawasaki_Sliders.html
Awesome thanks Vatrader! Makes me feel better knowing they ride that way.
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Something else I've kicked around is this item:

http://www.topgunmotorcycles.com/cha...inmaster2.html

This item is listed as one of the "musts" for a KLR 650 by Eldon Carl, one of the original KLR 650 guru's.

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Ok so I was doing som chain maintenance this weekend and I noticed the top side of my chain was basically lying on the rubber swing arm guard. I checked slacked and it was within parameters. I just wasn't sure if it was cool with the chain lying on the rubber guard.

Anyone able to let me know.

Thanks.
Hi, another thing to consider is when the rear suspension is loaded the chain will move away from the swing arm !
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Hi, another thing to consider is when the rear suspension is loaded the chain will move away from the swing arm !
Ohhh that's riiiiiiiight. Man it amazes me how I miss some of the obvious things sometimes. Thanks Klark!
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Ohhh that's riiiiiiiight. Man it amazes me how I miss some of the obvious things sometimes. Thanks Klark!
Dude, most of the time, the more obvious it is, the more likely I am not to think about it. Weird.




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