bad link? - Honda RC51 Forum : RC51 Motorcycle Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-27-2012, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 92
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
bad link?

Does anyone know what it means if your chain is tight in some areas and loose in others. I notice when I have my bike up on the rear stand and I check the chain tension, the chain seems tight sometimes and sometimes it's loose even though I havent done anything. As I move the wheel and check tension, it seems to change tension depending on the location. Does that mean I need a new chain? A stiff link?
cacc is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-27-2012, 09:27 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
how old is the chain?
mark32786 is offline  
post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-27-2012, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 92
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Not sure. I got the bike in May and I havent changed it. The sprocket looks ok. I have plans to get a 520 conversion but was going to wait until winter.
cacc is offline  
 
post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-27-2012, 10:05 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
well for what its worth i just swapped mine to 15/41 520 combo. mine had around 15k with the original chain for what i can tell. it was showing some signs of wear on the rollers and some side to side sloop on the sprocket. i paid 151.00 for a rk kit off amazon.mfg #1102049S. if you get this kit you will have to cut some links off for it to fit.i would think if you had a kink link you would see it. are your sprockets in line?
mark32786 is offline  
post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-27-2012, 10:39 PM
Moderator
 
SubSailor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sarasota, FL
Posts: 6,468
Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Quoted: 89 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by cacc View Post
Does anyone know what it means if your chain is tight in some areas and loose in others. I notice when I have my bike up on the rear stand and I check the chain tension, the chain seems tight sometimes and sometimes it's loose even though I havent done anything. As I move the wheel and check tension, it seems to change tension depending on the location. Does that mean I need a new chain? A stiff link?
With your bike on a stand, if you rotate your rear wheel while check the chain tension, if the chain has areas that are more tight than others, that usually means your chain is worn.

If the difference between tight and loose is too great, then the chain is badly worn and chain & sprocket replacement is needed.

Remember that the chain wears out the sprocket teeth. So both chain AND sprockets need to be replaced as a set, or you're wasting time and money.

Last edited by SubSailor; 07-27-2012 at 10:50 PM.
SubSailor is offline  
post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-27-2012, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 92
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SubSailor View Post
With your bike on a stand, if you rotate your rear wheel while check the chain tension, if the chain has areas that are more tight than others, that usually means your chain is worn.

If the difference between tight and loose is too great, then the chain is badly worn and chain & sprocket replacement is needed.

Remember that the chain wears out the sprocket teeth. So both chain AND sprockets need to be replaced as a set, or you're wasting time and money.
The sprocket looks ok. But I guess I might as well get the 520 kit from scotts and do it all...
cacc is offline  
post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 07:33 PM
Lifetime Premium
 
Duckhunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Victoria B.C Canada
Posts: 4,560
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Quoted: 162 Post(s)
Garage
That would be your best and safe bet. Better to KNOW your parts are good then guess about it and suffer for it in the end. 520 kits are the way to go.
Duckhunter is online now  
post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 11:19 PM
Senior Member
 
2strokersmoker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Sparta MI
Posts: 342
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just a little bit of thought in a different direction..... Is there any evidence that the previous owner had a chain break? Any cracks or funky Knicks around the sprocket area? Check behind the clutch slave cover. Reason being is I had a master link fail on me awhile ago ( nope not my rc) and after I had put a new chain and sprockets on I had noticed that the chain would get tight about half way around... I found out that I bent the output shaft ever so slightly when the chain snapped and came whipping around taking everything out but the engine case thankfully.
Just something to check while your there...
2strokersmoker is offline  
post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 11:08 AM
Senior Member
 
jondog9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 8,653
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Quoted: 317 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2strokersmoker View Post
Just a little bit of thought in a different direction..... Is there any evidence that the previous owner had a chain break? Any cracks or funky Knicks around the sprocket area? Check behind the clutch slave cover. Reason being is I had a master link fail on me awhile ago ( nope not my rc) and after I had put a new chain and sprockets on I had noticed that the chain would get tight about half way around... I found out that I bent the output shaft ever so slightly when the chain snapped and came whipping around taking everything out but the engine case thankfully.
Just something to check while your there...

Good point, good post.

John, 2000 RC51 #000100

jondog9 is offline  
post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 92
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for the advice guys. From what I can remember, it always seems like it is the same place on the chain where this happens. I did notice that the marked lines were not the same on each side. So what I did was I marked the adjustment bolts and counted the amount of full turns it took from all the way in to where the stop was. They were different. I fixed that and the lines lined up the same on each side after that. But it didnt seem to fix the problem. I will look at it some more this week.
cacc is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Honda RC51 Forum : RC51 Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome