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Problem with 16 teeth

I just swapped out the front sprocket to the 16 tooth. I was hearing some noise when I backed off the throttle. As you can see from the picture, when there is some slack in the chain I'm getting some interference with the front sprocket guard. I don't remember hearing of this problem from others and I'm wondering if I did something wrong. The chain is properly adjusted. Any ideas?
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You have me wondering now! I think I am going to take a peek at mine when I get a chance.

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That is a tight fit. The chain rides a bit higher on the sprocket's rubber damper. I guess others just didn't notice, and it eventually wore itself some grooves... I didn't have that problem with a 16T without the damper, but it was noisier from not having a damper. My chain was snagging and wore into the back of the damperless 16T, and it also stretched unevenly from the start. I put my unused 15T back on with a bigger rear sprocket instead and a new chain. It's perfect now.

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I just swapped out the front sprocket to the 16 tooth. I was hearing some noise when I backed off the throttle. As you can see from the picture, when there is some slack in the chain I'm getting some interference with the front sprocket guard. I don't remember hearing of this problem from others and I'm wondering if I did something wrong. The chain is properly adjusted. Any ideas?
Mine was the same way. It is a VERY TIGHT FIT. Mine did not rub. I had a noise on DECEL during my 3 mile test ride. I came home - put some moly grease on the sprocket (I forgot to put grease on it when I installed it). Then took it out and the decel noise was gone.
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I am resisting the urge to hit that fin with a hammer and a small old screw driver. Somebody tell me why a few well placed whacks wouldn't fix this problem. Would it break off?
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Don't think I would wack it but I would go at it with a dremel.
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Yeah, a Dremel would be better. It is made of cast aluminum, and a hammer would break it before it bends.
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Well, I've ridden a few more miles and the sound is fading away of course. I think I'll just leave it alone and let it wear on it's own. I see no reason to grind off any more than I need to. Then I guess I'll clean out all the filings so it won't wear on the chain. I'm just a little surprised I hadn't heard about this little feature earlier.
I really do like the difference in the gearing. I always thought 1st gear was a little short anyway and this seems about right. Naturally, the difference in top gear is nice too. I think I'll like it.

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Jeff,
I'm sure you noticed too, but there's some rust on your chain. Not good.
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alvis and myself added a 16tooth rubber backed sprocket about a year ago and probably both have well over 10k miles on it by now.

Makes the speedo nuts on, but the odometer reads about 6% less, which is no problem. I wouldn't be without it now. Lowering the revs when cruising on the freeway smoothed out the ride considerabley.

We didn't do any modifications to the front casing, it was tight but certainly didn't touch anywhere.

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I'm sure you noticed too, but there's some rust on your chain. Not good.
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Yeah I caught that too Ed. Actually, I hadn't noticed it til I took that photo. I've been using that teflon based chain lube from Dupont - the kind that doesn't foam. I must admit that it doesn't build up and has kept the chain pretty clean. But apparently it's not as good at corrosion protection.

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Yeah I caught that too Ed. Actually, I hadn't noticed it til I took that photo. I've been using that teflon based chain lube from Dupont - the kind that doesn't foam. I must admit that it doesn't build up and has kept the chain pretty clean. But apparently it's not as good at corrosion protection.
Well, it's not the lube, or it is but not that way It's how you lube and clean the chain. One of the downfalls of this clear lube is that the chain looks clean, although it's not. I am cleaning the chain far more often now, I'd say every 3,000km or so, and then lube it with the Dupont sprayed on a rag. After that it's just regular lubing. No more rust for me.

I rather do this than have oil chain everywhere, but each to its own...
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Spiderman,
I've never checked to see if my 16 tooth (not rubber dampened) front sprocket is rubbing! However, when installed, it looked good. There was an increase in noise afterwards, but after about 3k miles, it has greatly subsided (or maybe I'm even more deaf than I was).

I'd better check to see if mine rubs!

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