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How can I know if I need to replace my chain?

My mostly stock '08 has over 17,000 miles on it. That seems like a lot for a chain and sprocket set, but I have no real idea. Other than needing frequent adjustment (which mine does not seem to need), are there other indications that I need to replace my chain? I really do not want to have it fail while I am riding.

I will say that my chain has one place where it seems much tighter than the rest. Since the instructions are to adjust the chain at the tightest location, I do that. I do not regularly need to adjust the tension.
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Quickie method
Facing the rear sprocket pull horizontally out at the 3 o clock position
if you can see between the chain and the sprocket it's time.
17k is reasonable.

http://www.dansmc.com/rearchain.HTM

But really the way I really tell is:
When I take a bike in for service,
the chain/sprockets have something like 17k on them,
the shop says it's time.
I have it done

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cmoreride,

Thanks for the link and the information. My bike does not go into the shop for service (at least it hasn't yet - we will see of the valve check will be one step too far) and so I do not get reminded to replace things except through this forum.

Given how I treated the chain the first year or so (I have been much better at lubing it lately), I think that I will be looking to buy an OEM front sprocket, a DID chain, a 43-tooth steel rear sprocket and a Motion Pro chain tool this weekend.
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Quickie method
Facing the rear sprocket pull horizontally out at the 3 o clock position
if you can see between the chain and the sprocket it's time.
17k is reasonable.

http://www.dansmc.com/rearchain.HTM

But really the way I really tell is:
When I take a bike in for service,
the chain/sprockets have something like 17k on them,
the shop says it's time.
I have it done
Good read. Thanks! I never really knew when. This is my first chain driven bike.
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Ask MOM you will get your answer.
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Mursili, if you have a very tight spot you will probably need to replace it within the next 3000 miles. The question is how long do you plan to keep the bike and how much you want to risk it breaking while you are out and about. If you will keep it another 17k miles then waiting might make sense, you'll spend less on chains overall. If however your going to sell it in the next 17k then waiting on't benefit you, just the next owner.

Personally I hate getting stuck by the side of the road...

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Quickie method
Facing the rear sprocket pull horizontally out at the 3 o clock position
if you can see between the chain and the sprocket it's time.
17k is reasonable....
Suggest you put tension on your chain BEFORE doing this, by pushing UP on the bottom run, mid-way between the sprockets. And the usual amount to watch for is HALF a tooth.

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Versys Service manual:

•Stretch the chain taut by hanging a 98 N (10 kg, 20 lb) weight on the chain.
•Measure the length of 20 links on the straight part of the chain from the pin center of the 1st pin to the pin center of the 21st pin. Since the chain may wear unevenly, take measurements at several places. If any measurements exceed the service limit, replace the chain. Also, replace the front and rear sprockets when the drive chain is replaced.
Drive Chain 20-link Length:
Standard: 317.5 ∼ 318.2 mm (12.50 ∼ 12.53 in.)
Service Limit: 323 mm (12.7 in.)

My original chain stretched unevenly from the start, and I finally replaced it at 2600 miles.
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Ask MOM you will get your answer.
I do not understand this response. I love my Mom, but she does not know anything about drive chains...
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