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post #1 of 10 Old 01-13-2020, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Chain came off and is jammed in back wheel.

Pretty bad situation. I was accelerating out of a parking area and as I was about to go into 2nd gear when my bike came to an almost immediate halt and engine cut off. I looked around to see what the problem was and saw my chain was poped off and jammed with the back wheel. I couldnt move the bike at all but was able to lift it up and swivel it off the road and away from traffic. I know now, a little too late, that my chain was probably too loose. But my question now is what the next step would be.
I had to leave it on the side of the road tonight because the local shop was closed and no one i knew had a trailer. Would this be something I could fix on my own? (I have very limited mechanical experience) or If a shop worked on it how much might it cost to repair?

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post #2 of 10 Old 01-14-2020, 01:45 AM
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With a few tools and a service manual, almost anyone with a bit of mechanical knowledge and determination can fix your bike. I recommend the Honda and Haynes manuals, but not Clymers. The chain and both sprockets need to be replaced. Most shops are going to charge well in excess of $100 to fix it, and possibly $200 or more.

Where are you located? You might be close enough to another forum member who'd be willing to assist.

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Sounds good. Are there specific chain brands or lengths I should look into? Had a friends help me out and the process seems simple enough. Just need to get the parts now

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post #4 of 10 Old 01-14-2020, 10:24 PM
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The standard chain for the 250 is a 520 size O-ring chain with 108 links, and the sprockets are a 14 tooth front and 33 tooth rear. D.I.D, RK, EK, and Sun are all good quality Japanese made chains. J.T. Sprockets and Sun make good sprockets. The best prices can usually be found on ebay or Amazon. If your friend has a chain break tool, you can frequently find chains with more than 108 links for less money. Just remove the extra lengths. I suggest using a clip on type master link, which should come with the chain. Be sure to lube the pins, install the O (or X) rings, and install the master link clip in the proper direction.

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post #5 of 10 Old 01-23-2020, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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UPDATE: was able to get the chain replaced and everything seems to be working nice... except the battery now haha. it was in a garage for the past week in upper 20 lower 30 temps. when getting the chain on we had to jump the battery to make sure the chain was working well but I had to leave it in the garage for another few days before i could get dropped off to ride the bike home. today I went to jump it to ride it home and couldnt get it started. Could the battery be completely dead? will I need to get a whole new battery too?

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Because of the Rebel's weak charging system, riding it to charge a weak battery isn't effective. Try putting the battery on a trickle charger at no more than two amps for about six hours. If it doesn't maintain a charge after that, the battery is due for replacement. If the battery in it now is a Yuasa brand, it is probably the one that came with the bike as that's what Honda installs at the factory. If you need to replace it, get a Yuasa. They cost just a few dollars more than the El Cheapo batteries, but last many times longer.

You can usually find the best deals on Yuasa at Amazon or ebay.

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My easiest solution for you would probably be getting a chain breaking tool. Break one of the chain links closer to the back sprocket so you can have less chain to deal with. Have the wheel loosened so when you Can get the wheel off and check if anything was damaged. (Obviously have measurements and chain/ tools necessary, ready) after that just install your new chain add some chain lube.

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My easiest solution for you would probably be getting a chain breaking tool. Break one of the chain links closer to the back sprocket so you can have less chain to deal with. Have the wheel loosened so when you Can get the wheel off and check if anything was damaged. (Obviously have measurements and chain/ tools necessary, ready) after that just install your new chain add some chain lube.
also your chain seemed pretty rusty from the pic you uploaded. Maybe that’s why it came off. Not the looseness of the chain but the lack of usefulness it is when it’s rusted. Try keeping your new chain lubed up and having it routinely checked.

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post #9 of 10 Old 01-24-2020, 07:17 AM
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Also, never jump the bike from a car with the car's engine running, it can damage sensitive electronics. There are more than enough cranking amps in a car battery to jump the bike, and it won't discharge the car battery in the process.

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It's a shame but most noob bikes especially the rebel get scrapped or locked away in a shed for this exact reason, a total lack of basic maintenance. So far the last 4 months of owning my '97 I've had to clean the fuel tap, clean and re-jet/tune (to stock settings) the carb, do a valve adjust, change the battery, strip/clean/adjust the chain, change oil + spark plug, bleed the front brake, adjust the rear drum, adjust brake lights, clean the indicator button, pump up the front tyre (got it at 4psi)

Insane how years of neglect builds up and makes low mileage bikes like the rebel into death traps, I would take it as a good sign to start learning mechanical maintenance, had a chain jump at 60mph before when I was a total noob and swore never to let the bike own me again

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