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Don't you just hate it when you call around fro the best price for parts and then you get home with that penny saved and the part is the wrong one :mad: :mad: :mad:
Both dealers said that I have a 520 chain and so I go out to the bike and jot down a few numbers - links 118, 15/47 sprockets, and it says 530 on the rear sprocket, hmmm.
I get to the dealer and he says, "Funny your bike is not in the books yet, but previous Katana's were a 520 chain. The 530 seems too big for that bike". I explain all the numbers to him and he says this is the chain for you, so I buy it and go home - 45 minutes one-way. Factory needs to be cut, I do not have one of those fancy link tools that pops out the rivets, so Dremel makes short work of cutting a link in half :) awesome tool.... Now, I take the new chain out of the package and WOW :eek: it's too small. This bike is definitely a 530, just like the sprocket says :mad: Now I have to take a day off from work and go back to the dealer and get a 530 chain. By the way, they do not have new sprockets in stock and I have to order them. I only have 12,700 miles on the original stuff and I lube every week, go figure. Must be all that horsepower :D

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I have found in my own experience that 98% of all Motorcycle Dealer "Parts People"` have the knowledge base of a labotamized flea.

Ah Well.. no wyou know better for next time!!!

:D :D :D

The best parts people i have ever dealt with work at Sanderson Ford, (non bike of course) in Phoenix, AZ.. (and they are also an SVO outlet)

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The chain is stretched abnormally. The sprockets are just fine, no curves in the teeth. Besides, they have to backorder the sprockets. I have to put the chain on now, because I can not even adjust it, because of the weird stretch pattern. 2/3rds of the chain is loose and 1/3rd is tight.

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Todd Hoffmaster
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todd,

did you check the counter-sprocket too? they maybe bent. that kind of wear seems strange.

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by His_Suzuki:
and it says 530 on the rear sprocket, hmmm.

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Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Just messing with ya :D

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Here's the whole skinny on the chain. I took the bike in for it's 11,000 mile check up and they cleaned and adjusted the chain for me. A week goes by and I lube it, like I do every week, and it's still within the 1" area and another week goes by same ritual and on the 3rd week it's time for the adjustment, as I am looking at the marks on the swingarm the chain was set up 1 whole mark off and when I go to re-adjust it I spin the tire and notice the weird stretchings. The chain is just fine on 2/3rds of a revolution and as it gets to the final 1/3rd it tightens up. I looked for a kink and I see nothing, just this crazy tightening action going on. When I ride the bike it now bucks from the slack/tight chain and I can not ride this weekend(700 miles) with this problem. I have checked the sprockets and they are fine, just like day one. I do not know if the misadjustment did it, or what. My past experience has been 550 - 600cc bikes eats chains and 750cc eats tires, my last 3 bikes.

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well i've always heard that it is best to change sprockets and chains together...

u said yer sprockets had to be backordered? who are you buying them from, the dealer? Give Vortex or Sprocket Specialists a call (got the info if u need it) they should have them in stock and can have them shipping to ASAP.

i never order stuff i don't have to from the dealer. there are plenty of places online that u can use wit better service and no hassle.

BTW, why didn't u just ahead wit a 520 conversion?



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Todd, it's normal for chains to wear like that. I don't know why either, but it lets you know that its time for a new chain well before it breaks. I have a theory, just a theory, that a lot of miles with the chain too loose can cause this type of wear sooner, but eventually they all go like this. It seems that despite your maintenance, you didn't get very many miles out of that chain. One thing that I have no doubt about, though, is that your chain will last MUCH longer if you replace both sprockets at the same time. Can't wait - that's cool, put the chain on now, but replace the sprockets at the earliest possible time. Like Hy said, check out Vortex. Their sprockets are lighter than OE, and usually cheaper, too. I generally get at least 20k, and sometimes 30k out of a driveset. Hope this helps. Next time, who you gonna believe, the guy behind the counter, or your lyin' eyes??!!

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Sorry to hear about your run in w/the village idiot. AKA parts counter child. Ever notice how 99% of everyone working at a parts counter is under 21? Scary stuff. "Like Dude, like I'm sooo sure that like will like fit you ride, dude." And other foreign languages like that there. Funny thing how he told you that all Kats in the past were 520's. NOT. I have a 97. Last year of the old body style. It's a 530! Any Kat I've ever seen has had a 530 chain on it. Alamo Cycle Plex has a lousy servie department. The only reason they still work on my bike is becasue I bought the extended warranty. Which has already paid for itself btw! They have adjusted my chain 3 times, and every time the alignment marks on the swingarm have been WAY off. Like a line, or more! Also, when they lubed your chain, did it look like they squirted about a gallon of oil on the chain, rear wheel, chain guard, rear disk and license plate? Right, that's what I thought! They are lousy but, heck, I spent the money already! Plus that extended service plan is a whole lot of piece of mind for someone whose bike isn't paid for yet. If they break it, they fix it.
Whenever I get service done, I don't even start the bike until I've given it the once over twice. It sucks that you can't leave a Suzuki/Honda/Yamaha/Kawi dealer (the largest in San Antonio BTW) w/o triple checking their work.
Perfect example. Two weeks ago I had a new front tire put on. The service manual specifies 32 psi. The sticker under the seat specifies 32psi. How much is in there? 21 psi. How the f*ck do you make a mistake like that? I can just picture it now....I ride out of the dealer's lot, my underinflated tire heats up, tears apart, then they don't want to pay for a replacement because the tire failed because of "rider error". BS. good luckk w/the new chain.+-

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Kahuna:
Believe it or not, you should never go by the marks unless you're SURE that they are correct, line the tire and the sprocket up with the chain and swingarm (kinda like you did when you tightened your chain on your old bicycle when you were a kid) On my GSXR 750, it was off by approx. 3/4 of a mark. In engineering its called tolerance buildup.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
How come the industry hasn't corrected this? They must know the marks are off. Maybe I'll sue! :D



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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by His_Suzuki:
as I am looking at the marks on the swingarm the chain was set up 1 whole mark off and when I go to re-adjust it I spin the tire
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Believe it or not, you should never go by the marks unless you're SURE that they are correct, line the tire and the sprocket up with the chain and swingarm (kinda like you did when you tightened your chain on your old bicycle when you were a kid) On my GSXR 750, it was off by approx. 3/4 of a mark. In engineering its called tolerance buildup.

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