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Hey guys...my DID chain has about 10K miles on it and I just got new tires put on the other day and when I picked my bike up and rode it home I heard a bit of a grinding noise coming from the sprockets...front/rear or chain...soon as I got home I checked the chain and it was tight as hell! I called the shop and told them and they said to just bring it back in...So next morning I did and they showed me (rolling my bike back and forth on flat ground) that my chain had "tight spots" in it. Well when throwing my bike on the stand and trying to spin the tire the chain does get super tight on it at points and actually slows my tire down...do I...
1. Do I need a new chain?
2. Adjust my tire alignment?
3. Clean/lube the chain again (mind you they did it when my new tires were put on)
 

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assuming your bike is at home -
Take the back wheel off
Degrease the chain (diesel will be fine) Then re-oil & work it into the tight spots !
Then put the wheel back on, set the chain, & take for a ride.
Once cool put back on the stand & check for tight spots.
If still tight it may be time for a new chain (& sprockets)
 

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Thanks for posting bro....ill give it a shot. I cleaned the chain really well today when I got home. Then went at the front and rear sprockets and that seemed to help a lil bit but I can still feel it slowing itself down when cruising in nuetral to a stop...not much but I know its happening. Anyways...also wanted to ask...about how long does a RK Racing chain typically last? Id say mine has just about 10K on it or less.
 

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The 'length' of time any chain lasts is solely down to USER maintainance. It you clean & adjust it often so that it is always in the best possible condition you will make it last.
Fail to oil or adjust & the chain life is shorter than could be expected.
This is where yours is I would suggest.
 

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Yeah Ive been checking it on and off the stand...there still seems to be tight spots...I cant find them though (in the chain)...
Normally when I use to throw it in N and coast to my parking spot the chain would make a clean rotating noise...now when I do it, it just seems rough....Ive cleaned the **** out of it but for some reason its still got those damn tight spots...9K on a DID chain isnt that much...right?
 

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Oh yeah and the axel nut on the right side of my bike...where you check for the rivets to align the back wheel...is already past the last line mark....does that mean new chain time???
 

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I also noticed in your sig that you have a 520 chain.
I'm sure you now understand one of the downside's of having a 520 (non-standard) v 525 (OEM) chain.
 

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Oh hey stupid stupid me...(too stoned) I checked the spot wrong...its only on mark #5 back...so its still not even close to the "new chain" area where it states on my swingarm.
I put her on the stand and was free spinning the wheel with my hand trying to find the tight links and I found a few I think...put a **** load of wd40 (all I had) on the few links around the areas I thought were tight. Even after cleaning those area's it was still tight in spots when going over the sprocket.
I think im gonna get a new chain...520 again...it was a great chain...and for 85 bucks ill get another and be happy with about 10K out of it.
 

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Make sure you change the sprokets along with the chain - tight spots chew them up fast - or that new 520 chain might only last a year
 
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