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First time to remove sprocket cover after 20k miles

I know I should have cleaned it out before, but I'm a busy guy - sue me. I didn't plan to bother until I replaced the chain, which will be in the next few days. It had been getting pretty noisy and I knew it wasn't going to be pretty when I saw a big blob of this gunk sitting on the top of my kickstand after falling out of the housing. The chain was dragging through it. Surprisingly, the chain looked pretty good after cleaning it all up, but it is pretty stretched. The sprockets still look like they're basically brand new, so I'll just be replacing the chain.

It took about 4 hours, almost 2 cans of WD-40 and an entire roll of paper towels to get it all cleaned up. It was caked all along the chain guide and everywhere.
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You may want to actually look at new sprockets before making that determination, especially the front. You will have accelerated wear and maybe/probably some vibration using the old sprockets. If the rear looks decent, do flip it. The front has got to be toast, despite looking "OK".

I had to use old sprockets/new chain on a trip. The chain was done at 4k miles. That was mostly spirited mountain riding, though. As a comparison, the same DID xring chain mounted with new sprockets is still in excellent shape at 18k miles, with a lot of spirited riding, also. (This poor bike)

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I know I should have cleaned it out before, but I'm a busy guy - sue me. I didn't plan to bother until I replaced the chain, which will be in the next few days. It had been getting pretty noisy and I knew it wasn't going to be pretty when I saw a big blob of this gunk sitting on the top of my kickstand after falling out of the housing. The chain was dragging through it. Surprisingly, the chain looked pretty good after cleaning it all up, but it is pretty stretched. The sprockets still look like they're basically brand new, so I'll just be replacing the chain.

It took about 4 hours, almost 2 cans of WD-40 and an entire roll of paper towels to get it all cleaned up. It was caked all along the chain guide and everywhere.
I have a small putty knife that I use, then some window cleaner and paper towels, you may be surprised, but I use window cleaner on my barbecue for removing grease.
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All the goop in there led me to try Eddies WD-40 solamente on my last chain.My new chain Im using Teflon spray and WD. Trying to get away from the thick,gooey stuff that ends up in there! Yea,Ive used a butter knife to scoop all that stuff out first before I use solvents to wash it out...
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I cleaned mine at about 6500 miles... Used Goop Hand Cleaner and a brush then some Kerosene to get the stubborn stuff off....

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I cleaned mine at about 6500 miles... Used Goop Hand Cleaner and a brush then some Kerosene to get the stubborn stuff off....

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I was expecting Joe to chime in - HIS front sprocket area looks like you could eat off it - while his BEFORE pic (above) looks like an AFTER CLEANING pic of mine....
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Not a big deal, if anything a little more wear on the chain and sprockets, but they aren't super expensive to replace and depending on how much you ride it could be years before you need too. If you don't like cleaning just accept the extra wear and replace them sooner. Life's to short to worry about stuff like that. Just watch for kinked chain links or actual chain problems so you don't break a chain through total neglect lol.

I used to commute by bike (moving out of the far north so I will again) and at 25,000 miles a year chain maintenance became a once a week at best thing and I've had my sprocket cover cake up like that. I still got 20-25k out of a chain and rear sprocket. The fronts tended to last less but who care's they cost like 10 dollars. The entire combo is @ $75-100 and takes maybe 30 minutes to change out every 10-15k if you abuse it. You will get much better life if you take the time to clean/maintain or just replace more often.
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Chain replaced, all is well again in the world, the V feels like a new machine again. I did go ahead and replace the rear sprocket, and INTENDED to do the front sprocket also. Holy Jesus, I couldn't crack it. I don't have an impact gun so I had to go by the way of breaker bar with pipe extension. It just wouldn't budge for me, so i gave up. The front sprocket is still in great shape so I'm not too worried. I don't know what the factory torque is on that nut, but it has to be something like 500 ft lbs. And the biggest insult is how shallow the nut itself is, compared to the rear axle nut. It's hard to get a good bite and keep the socket on it. I'll just take it to a shop whenever I feel the need to replace it.
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Chain replaced, all is well again in the world, the V feels like a new machine again. I did go ahead and replace the rear sprocket, and INTENDED to do the front sprocket also. Holy Jesus, I couldn't crack it. I don't have an impact gun so I had to go by the way of breaker bar with pipe extension. It just wouldn't budge for me, so i gave up. The front sprocket is still in great shape so I'm not too worried. I don't know what the factory torque is on that nut, but it has to be something like 500 ft lbs. And the biggest insult is how shallow the nut itself is, compared to the rear axle nut. It's hard to get a good bite and keep the socket on it. I'll just take it to a shop whenever I feel the need to replace it.
It's probably the highest torqued part on the bike. Just take it in they can pop it off and replace it very quickly.
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Not a big deal, if anything a little more wear on the chain and sprockets, but they aren't super expensive to replace and depending on how much you ride it could be years before you need too. If you don't like cleaning just accept the extra wear and replace them sooner. Life's to short to worry about stuff like that. Just watch for kinked chain links or actual chain problems so you don't break a chain through total neglect lol.

I used to commute by bike (moving out of the far north so I will again) and at 25,000 miles a year chain maintenance became a once a week at best thing and I've had my sprocket cover cake up like that. I still got 20-25k out of a chain and rear sprocket. The fronts tended to last less but who care's they cost like 10 dollars. The entire combo is @ $75-100 and takes maybe 30 minutes to change out every 10-15k if you abuse it. You will get much better life if you take the time to clean/maintain or just replace more often.
25,000 miles a year? That's some serious riding brother. I thought I was going overboard at 10k miles a year, ha!
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25,000 miles a year? That's some serious riding brother. I thought I was going overboard at 10k miles a year, ha!

And it's been winter for 3 of those and away for travel another 3

I look forward to living down south again where you can ride all year round, then who needs the car?
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