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post #1 of 18 Old 05-06-2013, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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loud chain?

just put new sprockets and chain on my bike. it started making a buzzing sound so i kept an eye on things as it wasnt really effecting the bike any until recently when it was driving me nuts. so i checked the doo and balancer chains and everything was good there. but the sound was still there so i looked some more and it seems to be coming from the front sprocket. so i took it off and everything looks good there too, put it back on adjusted everything and still the noise is there. no hard links in the chain all the teeth are good on the sprockets. so do i just have the loudest most annoying chain in the world or am i missing something?

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While you are driving pull in the clutch and kill the engine and see if the noise is still there. That will tell you if the noise is from the engine or not. Did the old sprocket have the rubber dampener? Chain too tight or loose? Just kinda spitballin' here.
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Try flipping the front sprocket over and see if that makes a difference.

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i flipped the sprocket and it made it a little bit more quiet but not by much, i have adjusted the chain to i tighter and looser setting no difference

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i feel like i need to take a video of just how loud this little screaming mimi gets. maybe i just got a new junk chain? idk either way it drives me BONKERS!

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If your wheel alignment is not perfect then it will be noisy. Ignore the swingarm marks as they are usually not accurate.
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i feel like i need to take a video of just how loud this little screaming mimi gets. maybe i just got a new junk chain? idk either way it drives me BONKERS!

Did you change out the OEM front for an aftermarket without the rubber dampner? If so yea it will make more noise. Did you go up on the front? Could be making contact with the guard.

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Do you wear earplugs? Shouldn't be riding without them IMHO. I cringe at all the noise my bike makes if I ride without plugs.

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If your wheel alignment is not perfect then it will be noisy. Ignore the swingarm marks as they are usually not accurate.

Perfect is a realtive concept for a KLR!

Chains can tolerate slight misalignments. The marks on the swingarm aren't that bad, certainly serviceable IMHO. I would doubt that KLR frames are aligned well enough to get a perfect measurement anyway.

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ill check with a tape measure today on the alignment. the old sprocket had no dampener and i have ridden it now without the guard on still makes the noise.

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alignment on the back wheel reads true for both sides.

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