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Chain Stretching

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I've got 12,200 miles on my bike's chain and sprockets. My chain was making noises so I stopped by the shop and said I thought I'd narrowed it down to the chain, but why would the chain be "knocking"? . After riding it, the mechanic verified it was the chain and said that was an easy chain was loose. When he finished adjusting it he mentioned It needed replacing along with the sprockets.

Okay..........I'm no motorcycle mechanic and don't know what might cause the chain to stretch. When I got the bike I cleaned the OEM chain squeaky clean and lubed it with spray dry lube. The bike only had 1200 miles on it at that point. I've wiped it with a rag once or twice in the 12,200 miles and resprayed some lube on it. That's been all the maintenance it's had. So my question is, what would cause my chain to stretch to the point of needing replacing in 12,200 miles? It's been mentioned to me that some folks get 20,000 miles out of a chain. :eek:

Since I know little to nothing about all of this stuff, flightcontrol has been helping me decide what I need in the way of parts to get the job done. So just got all of that ordered. Ought to be an interesting project since I'm like Shultzy............"I know nutting". :LOL:

Do you guys prefer/recommend petroleum based or paraffin based (Dry) lubes for the chain? I know some say sprays that are Teflon based are the best.

I'm still disappointed to have a chain stretched to a point of needing replacement in just 12,200 miles and want to know what I've done wrong. So any comments will be appreciated. :unsure:
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Thanks, that IS a good video on chains.

But am I taking off from stops too quickly? Would that stretch a chain?
Had to smile when I read this. I don't think the rebel 250 can stretch a chain, even with its awesome power. :rolleyes: :greatjob:
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The chain is worn. As it wears, it gets longer. Many refer to it as stretching, but I think that terminology is misleading. The most common cause of rapid chain wear is inadequate maintenance.
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They make a product called a Grunge Brush. Chain Brush Motorcycle Cycling Bike Crankset Grunge Brush Cleaner Cleaning Tool | eBay I bought one but never used it as it was going to splatter solvent and crud off the chain all over the rear wheel and floor.

I wet a small rag with diesel fuel (lamp oil or kerosene also work well) and rub it over the chain until the rag no longer picks up dirt. Then a dry rag to soak up any remaining solvent. Once the chain is dry, I spray it with lubricant. FYI, this is what I use, but there are many good lubricants available. Liquid Performance Chain Lube 11 oz. 0231 | eBay
Mhhhh don't know what Type of Chains you got in the USA but I would say, that 12000 miles is not that short of a lifespan for a chain.
More so, if it was not maintenanced well.
Riding often in Rain, Dirt etc. makes maintenance needed more often to.
If you only lubed it two times in all those miles, then you may have run it many, many miles without proper lubrication.
Therefore I find it a absolutely average lifespan.
His chain is the one Honda put on at the factory, so probably a Daido. There are a multitude of chains available here. They range in quality from junk to excellent. I ordered what was advertised as a DID chain on Ebay. It failed in 4,000 miles. I contacted DID and learned it was a Chinese knock off, complete with a perfect copy of the DID box!
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I use a set of needle nose Vise Grips, being careful not to bend anything by using too much pressure. Once the clip slips onto one end, getting the other one isn't difficult. A really small C-clamp might work too. Just be sure you get the clip facing in the right direction, or you'll be doing it again. Don't ask how I know this. :rolleyes: :facepalm::dunno:
There are three bolts that hold the chainguard on. One of them is hard to see. Honda Motorcycle 2009 OEM Parts Diagram for Swingarm |
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