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post #1 of 11 Old 01-29-2008, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Anybody have advice for chain/sprocket replacement?

hello all out there,this is my first posting...i currently ride a 2006 klr650,and just hit 15,000 miles.While my mechanic replaced the doohickey,he stated the original chain/sprockets will need to be replaced in about 3k miles or so,due to wear.Does anybody have advice to replace with stock,or as i've been told at work,replace chain w/a premium brand (i.g.Renthal) and as for the sprockets,i ride 99% street at the present time.Any and all comments appreciated- thx guys Don
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-29-2008, 11:59 PM
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Well this is a loaded question!

Chains. a lot different opinions here. but you get what you pay for. dont go cheap, and keep it adjusted properly for longer life. also lubrication and cleaning is a must. I us an RK xring chain. I can find it on the net for 89 dollars. or I just found it locally for 65.

sprockets: if you ride 99 percent road. then I would recommend a 16t front and a stock rear, which is 43 teeth. when you buy sprockets buy the steel. PBI is a really good brand. steel will last longer. also if you have any wear to the rear, then replace both at the same time. it will cost you some change for it all. but maint. is the most important to make your drive train last long. 16teet front will be a great set up for the road. it will decrease your rpms buy about 10 percent, and hopefully save on some oil consumption. it may even increase your mpg's. I run a 16t for long trips and bring a 15t to swap out to off road.

hope this helps.

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post #3 of 11 Old 01-30-2008, 12:43 AM
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Yep, I ran the 16 and works great on roads, but I do too much back road running and mountains so went back to the 15 am going to try the 14..

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post #4 of 11 Old 02-16-2008, 09:57 AM
 
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Hi everyone, I know I will have to replace chaine and sprockets at the end of summer. What number of thoot would be best for 50-50 on-off road on front and back ? I commute to work 40 mles a day on back paved roads ( I live in the country ) and on week-ends I ride mostly on dirt roads. I also plan to go on 2 days to couple of weeks trips with all the camping gear on the bibe.
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The stock set up 15T front 43T rear is probably the best for commuting and mild offroad use. If the off roading you do is mellow you can bump the front up to a 16T to drop the RPM's while commuting. With the offroading I like to do I use a 14T up front and I don't have to buzz down the freeway for extended periods of time to get to work so it works good for me.
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Hi, I guess I`ll ride it stock this summer and I`ll see from there. It`s my firts bike and I am in the learning process, I find this forum to be very helpful.
Thank`s,ride safe
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post #7 of 11 Old 02-16-2008, 01:51 PM
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A lot of guys keep a 14 tooth around and just change it out when they want to do some weekend trail riding. I find the 15 to work real good, just keep her in the right gear so that RPM's stay up above 3000 when your on the trails to let the torque and power work for you.

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Directions on how to change them yourself ?
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-11-2010, 11:04 PM
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Directions on how to change them yourself ?
I'm going to wing it this week and change out my chain and sprocket set.. At almost 21K, the chain's toast and stretching on a regular basis..

I'm getting a new Kodak Mini video recorder this week and am planning on recording the process and posting it on Youtube.. When it's done, I'll let you know.
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I'm happy with the 16 offroading but to be fair, stay out of the tight,
gnarly stuff. On dirt roads and atv trails, rr track access roads, etc.
the 16 is fine.

The shoppe manuals have step by step instructions,
but seeing the Paper version of loosening the tab
on the countershaft and locking the wheel or sprocket will be a
great visual tool for those who haven't been there yet.

The rear is real straightforward, but the front can be tricky
and bloody a knuckle or two. How do I know this? LOL
(Thanks for doing a vid to add to our collection of info.)

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