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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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Long time lover, recent owner of an 02 RC. I just inherited it from my brother, 40k miles on the clock but they are all from him and its been well taken care of. I need a new chain, the one on there now is stretched just to its limit, so I have been scanning the forum for a "how to" chain replacement w/ some pics.

I'm also looking for a list of common problems/fixes to improve efficiency and also track prep.

I love to go fast, I love track riding and I love Honda's. So as soon as I can get up to Jennings GP in Georgia I'll be in motorcycle heaven.

p.s. I might need to hit the drag strip for a dose of speed until I can get to Jennings
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Welcome dibsen.
Having your brother as the PO is way cool. You know anytime you ask about history of the bike, you'll get a straight answer. That's valuable.
Are the sprocket as old as the chain?
Maybe search sprockets and chain, or sprocket conversion, or chain removal.
I remember a thread just recently where we talked about that. Don't remember the title tho...

Oh, try searching 'chain tool' also.
Good luck, did you search on you tube yet?

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A good chain rivet and breaker tools are a must IMO

Please be sure to install a rivet type master link, the clip style works but for how long....

RK chain is common and does the trick. DID is another but more expensive



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cool.

Thanks for the welcome and info.
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If you spend around $75, you'll get good chain tool. One that you'll have from here on out, not throw thru the window after a couple times.
Mine's a motion pro, love it.

I just use a cut-off wheel to remove the old chain. If you use the rivit tool to punch out the old rivit, be sure to file or grind the rivit head off first! Pretty important.
Use baby steps when pressing the new rivit. You don't want to over-tighten. It'll leave a stiff kink that doesn't want to go straight, that's no good. I always make sure I have 2 or 3 master links when installing a new chain. you don't know how easy it is to overtighten. I've done it and had to start over. Never used the third one, but it's there if needed...
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If you spend around $75, you'll get good chain tool. One that you'll have from here on out, not throw thru the window after a couple times.
Mine's a motion pro, love it.

I just use a cut-off wheel to remove the old chain. If you use the rivit tool to punch out the old rivit, be sure to file or grind the rivit head off first! Pretty important.
Use baby steps when pressing the new rivit. You don't want to over-tighten. It'll leave a stiff kink that doesn't want to go straight, that's no good. I always make sure I have 2 or 3 master links when installing a new chain. you don't know how easy it is to overtighten. I've done it and had to start over. Never used the third one, but it's there if needed...
Thats the ticket.....except, use the rivet tool....those pesky grinding wheels make a mess out of things...



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alright. thanks for the help. This forum rocks!
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I found this looking for a replacement vid. its o an sv650, So what are the "major" differences between the process on the two different bikes that I might not be able to figure out?

I know the rc has different adjusters and I am thinking there may be a few more differences that might hang me up.

I am a decent mechanic and I cun usually figure most machines out just looking at them.

Also, one of the threds I read was talking about different gear ratios in regaurds to performance. The bike will be mainly street driven with maybe 3-4 days a year at the track. I am a novice on the track so more torque or quicker accel won't be necessary, compared to my 600rr I think the rc will have enough.

What would you guys recomend to me for a gear and chain set-up?
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This might help. If you don't already have a service manual, download this one.

http://www.rc51.info/index.php?page=service
Get the •US VERSION RC51 Factory Service Manual SP-1 and SP-2 108.2 Mb
It takes a while to download, but it's a little more comprehensive than the UK version. I have both on my computer, cause some of the illustrations and pictures are more clear.

edit: This thread may help https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3925

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Again, big thanks guys. I am looking at ordering a DID chain combo from sprocketcenter.com 530 chain with stock gears.

My thought for the gears are, first get some experience on this bike. Then come next chain Ill prob be ready to adjust wear the power band sits in the rev range.

I should have the bike on the road in 2 weeks. Can't wait!
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