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post #1 of 7 Old 04-22-2013, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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How many miles out of the stock chain /sprockets ?

MY 2012 hit 10k miles this month ,it still has alot of room left to adjust and not much show of wear on chain or sprockets ,but with my trip north wondering how much further it can go , its only 3800 miles north..but

I keep it well adjusted and waxed but dont know what the magic number is on the stock chain .. I bought my older bike with DID gold already and lasted for a long time .

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I currently have about 18k miles on my stock chain.

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MY 2012 hit 10k miles this month ,it still has alot of room left to adjust and not much show of wear on chain or sprockets ,but with my trip north wondering how much further it can go , its only 3800 miles north..but

I keep it well adjusted and waxed but dont know what the magic number is on the stock chain .. I bought my older bike with DID gold already and lasted for a long time .

20k is reasonable for the OEM if you keep it somewhat clean and lubed.

BTW you can flip the rear sprocket over and get some more miles out of it.

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I know it's not the same thing, but my 2003 GSXR 1000 had 24k on the original OEM chain and sprockets, they looked almost new when I sold it, kept the chain well lubed, clean and adjusted all the time, I think the KLR should easily go that far if maintained properly... just my $0.02
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That's kind of like asking how long a roll of toilet paper will last! Depends on the user. Sorry, couldn't resist! I have over 16k on mine and it looks fine. I'm pretty good about lubeing my chain and getting the crud off after playing in the dirt/sand.

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post #6 of 7 Old 04-24-2013, 03:02 PM
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On my 08,I replaced mine at 22,ooo. Lubed every 300 to 500 miles,the back sprocket looked good but the front was starting to hook. New chain and sprockets will even make the bike shift smoother.
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got just under 20k out of mine but then total failure of front sprocket and chain. i would be safe and switch em at 15k and if they are in good shape keep them as backups.

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