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I had purchased a 2000 model, VT750 ACE and this is my 1st bike. I recently took to doing a full service on it and part of that service includes replacing the sprockets and chain. I am taking the opportunity to raise the final drive ratio as well by going to a 39T rear sprocket.

Anyway, one thing I always noticed was how noisy my chain was. I got it pretty slack, so I tensioned it according to the manual. I also lubricated it with a Belray O ring chain lube.. but even with that, it still was pretty loud. At low speeds, you would hear the chain over the sound of the motor / exhaust! Not crazy loud, but definitely noticeable..

After doing some more reading here, I learned the chain is a wearable item and must be replaced accordingly. This is what I found when I took down the factory sprockets. I have a strong feeling this is the original chain that came with the bike!

Drive 17T Sprocket (JT 17T)


Wheel 41T sprocket (JT 39T)


:shock: Pics speak for themselves! If the Odometer is correct, the bike has done 51,500miles.. I never had any issues other than noise.

What is the most mileage you have ever got in your chain / sprockets?

Rene
 

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I got about 28,000 out of the chain/sprocket. It was stock at the time. You got a good ear, I'd have never heard it, I have to depend on performance and feel.
 

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I would bet thats the stock chain and sprockets as well. That drive sprocket is one of the worst ive seen.

But hey, at least you have a throwing star now!
 

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That is one item I`ve not kept track of...
I`ve replaced my set and "fixin to" change it again this coming week, but have never written down mileage when I did swap it out...
123,000 miles is the mileage I`ll write down this time though...
I`ve kept tabs on oil changes and tires, but not chain and sprocket sets yet???
I bought the Bike with 40,000 miles on it it now reads 22578...
I ""Think"" this is set #4 I`ve bought???
Not sure though...
I do remember one Bike Master, One Regina and one OEM set, BUT mileage I dunno???

You done got ALL THE GOODY from that set!!!:D
 

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I would bet thats the stock chain and sprockets as well. That drive sprocket is one of the worst ive seen.

But hey, at least you have a throwing star now!
More like a throwing circle! btw, nice Chevy!

I'm surprised it has never slipped on me.. Being my 1st bike, I do take the occasional blast through the gears, but I'm generally very careful when riding.. Can't wait to experience what a new chain / sprocket would feel like.. :lol:
 

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Wow, that is worn!

My chain was noisy and it was just lack of lube. I had used that clingy blue stuff but it wasn't enough. After I soaked the chain with gear oil the noise went away. I think the old chain had lost it's lube inside the O rings and that blue stuff just wasn't liquid enough to get inside the rollers.
 

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Wow, that is worn!

My chain was noisy and it was just lack of lube. I had used that clingy blue stuff but it wasn't enough. After I soaked the chain with gear oil the noise went away. I think the old chain had lost it's lube inside the O rings and that blue stuff just wasn't liquid enough to get inside the rollers.

I use chainsaw chain oil...
It don`t sling off, and carry a small 3oz bottle in the saddlebag to treat my chain curbside...
Mine will "tell me" when it needs oiling, by noise/feel...


I recommend oiling a WARM chain, as in Stop the bike - oil the chain as soon as you stop while it allows oil to flow to those rollers as needed...
Just a crazy thought that works for me ;)

Many good lubes out there and many opinions on which is best, BUT what does the chain manufacturer suggest?
90W oil :D
 

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WOW! That thing wasn't far from coming off of the front sprocket and doin some damage! Good thing you caught it!

What kind of chain did you go with?
 

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Yeah, the gold color looks pretty cool. Here is mine. Its a DID X-ring.
 

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One thing to be VERY careful about is the tension. I purposely left my last chain a mm or two more slack than the sticker says. Why you ask? One year i tensioned it a tad tighter than normal and wore through the REAR sprocket in one summer. In fact i rode so much that year that the extra tension and heat just melted the sprocket. The teeth were so worn that if i jabbed the throttle i could slip it past what was left of the teeth.

And, talk about noisy... it was embarrassing that it could be heard OVER my loud pipes.
 

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That's about the worst I've seen as well. Good thing you decided to check all of that.
 

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Yeah, the gold color looks pretty cool. Here is mine. Its a DID X-ring.
Thanks for posting that photo. I have wondered how a gold chain would look on a black frame. I like it.

"Gold & Black" Boiler up! :mrgreen: It's a Purdue thing! :D
 

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While i love my shaft driven Fury, i would not have wanted it on the Spirit. The Fury is geared really low, i can get almost 15mph more in each gear before i have to shift over my modded Spirit.
 

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More like a throwing circle! btw, nice Chevy!

I'm surprised it has never slipped on me.. Being my 1st bike, I do take the occasional blast through the gears, but I'm generally very careful when riding.. Can't wait to experience what a new chain / sprocket would feel like.. :lol:
Thank you for the kind words about the truck, shes turned back into a work in progress in the last year or 2, needs some love. I've been giving too much to the bikes!

I also think you'll find it greatly rewarding and surprisingly easy to do things on your bike by under taking your own maintenance, good to see a new guy doing so! From getting my start on motorcycles a few years back and wrenching on truck since before I could drive, I'm now the proud owner of quite a tool chest and nearly a full auto shop! I've found that the tools pay for themselves usually after the first use!
 

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I use chainsaw chain oil...
It don`t sling off, and carry a small 3oz bottle in the saddlebag to treat my chain curbside...
Mine will "tell me" when it needs oiling, by noise/feel...


I recommend oiling a WARM chain, as in Stop the bike - oil the chain as soon as you stop while it allows oil to flow to those rollers as needed...
Just a crazy thought that works for me ;)

Many good lubes out there and many opinions on which is best, BUT what does the chain manufacturer suggest?
90W oil :D
Yup, oil when the chain is warm! We have to do that with our hay baler, or at least let it run for a few and oil the chains before taking off. Those big chains arent much fun to replace either or take a link out if you get too much slack.
 

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Have factory maintenance experience on machinery, conveyors and other drive systems, plus working knowledge of heat/cool = expansion/contraction process has its advantages in most everything O tinker with :D
 
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