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    Member No good deed goes unpunished (in this case cleaning the chain) QuinnSea's Avatar
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    No good deed goes unpunished (in this case cleaning the chain)

    After reading some of the maintenance threads I decided to remove the drive sprocket cover and "clean the gunk out". I cleaned the area and cleaned/lubed the chain and now I have noise coming from the sprocket gear while rotating the rear tire on the center stand while in neutral. I did notice that the drive sprocket has some play although the sprocket bolt is tight, is that normal? Any words of wisdom please?


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    No good deed goes unpunished (in this case cleaning the chain)-img_20170501_191652240_hdr-jpg

    Here is a short video of the sound
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuinnSea View Post
    After reading some of the maintenance threads I decided to remove the drive sprocket cover and "clean the gunk out". I cleaned the area and cleaned/lubed the chain and now I have noise coming from the sprocket gear while rotating the rear tire on the center stand while in neutral. I did notice that the drive sprocket has some play although the sprocket bolt is tight, is that normal? Any words of wisdom please?


    Below is a picture of the alignment
    No good deed goes unpunished (in this case cleaning the chain)-img_20170501_191652240_hdr-jpg

    Here is a short video of the sound
    it sounds tight or stiff but that could be the video. Also have you tried putting it all back together and go for a short ride and listening to it then?
    Last edited by rippin209; 1st May 2017 at 21:35.

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    Senior Member No good deed goes unpunished (in this case cleaning the chain)
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    It's hard to tell. My brand new chain and sprockets make noise but not that much noise.

    Is that the OEM chain and sprocket? (eg 5 years old?)

    They could be worn and rattling against each other instead of meshing smoothly. That would explain the play.

    It may sound different than usual because you have the cover off.

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    Junior Member No good deed goes unpunished (in this case cleaning the chain) Donald4k's Avatar
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    A Suzuki GS750T I had once made a similar chain noise with the cover off. All put back together though, I never noticed any noise or vibration. Chain was fine for lots of miles, too. How many miles on your sprockets? Original parts?

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    What was the outcome on this.

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    Member No good deed goes unpunished (in this case cleaning the chain) QuinnSea's Avatar
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    I had used WD40 to clean the chain and it must really clean off the lube. I lubed it and posted the message above. I then decided to lube it again and then let the lube sit for 30 minutes, problem solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuinnSea View Post
    I had used WD40 to clean the chain and it must really clean off the lube. I lubed it and posted the message above. I then decided to lube it again and then let the lube sit for 30 minutes, problem solved.
    You do realize that WD-40 is neither a cleaner nor a lubricant....right?

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    Member No good deed goes unpunished (in this case cleaning the chain) QuinnSea's Avatar
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    Sorry, for the confusion. I should have said I use WD-40 and a rag to clean the chain and then spray it with BelRay Chain lube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainsail View Post
    You do realize that WD-40 is neither a cleaner nor a lubricant....right?
    I realize it’s not a cleaner, but despite that, it cleans some things pretty darn well.
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    WD40 is what I have used for years to clean my chains........I don't have kerosene laying around, and it STINKS anyway!!! WD40 now makes a "WD40 Bike Chain Cleaner" in a spray can.....comes out as a foam (which, personally I find harder to work with). Not trying to turn this into another "chain cleaning" thread, where everyone has their own opinions, but since the OP mentioned chain cleaning in the original post.........pile on..!!!!!!!!

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