Chain and Sprocket replacement
Well, I was hoping I would not have to replace my chain and sprockets before I leave for my overseas assignment to S. Korea, especially since the bike will be up on paddock stands all year; however, the other day my chain became very loose and started making all sorts of racket.
The bike is a 2008 with 15,500 miles on the odometer.
Last night I had my neighbor, who is also a mechanic and motorcycyle guru look at the chain and rear sprocket and we determined that my rear sprocket was pretty much warped a little, causing excessive wear. It also sounds like the front sprocket is making noise too.
I really don't know any different, so I took my friends advice to not ride the bike until a replacement is bought.
I had planned on buying a 44T rear sprocket and new chain before the bike gets shipped to Germany next summer, so I figure doing in now rather than later makes no difference. (My follow-on assignment from S. Korea is in Germany).
After calling Sprocket Center and asking their advice, I went ahead and purchased this setup:
15T front sprocket and a 44T RS7 Superlite steel rear sprocket
DID 520 VX2 series X'ring Chain - GOLD COLOR (750cc rated) +$156.95
Out the door for $156.95 isn't that bad and I was able to get free shipping. And since I am military, they threw in a free can of chain lube. Heck...I can't complain.
I have read in the forums that there is some differing opinions on whether to rivet the chain together or use the clip provided. They are sending a rivet master link along with the chain.
Is it safe to use the clip style master link? I do not have a rivet tool to rivet the chain together, so I was thinking the clip style might work for me. One option I was told is that I could clip the chain together, then find a shop that could rivet the chain together permanently.
I only have 1 Kawasaki dealer in my area and when I called and asked how much to replace the chain and sprocket, they said about 3 hrs of labor ($225). Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of independent motorcycle shops in my area, so I might be forced to go to the dealer if I can't replace the chain and sprocket myself.
I am a little hesitant on doing it myself because I have read the horror stories of people not being able to loosen the front sprocket.
Also, do I need to rebalance my tire after putting the new rear sprocket on? My neighbor said that I needed to. It makes sense since the sprocket is lighter that the OEM.
Thanks for any comments or advice guys.