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Old 05-12-2008, 11:36 PM   #11
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So I was prepared to try the "JP1 Blue label" aerosol lube that some of the guys were recommending and while I was at the bike store holding a can of the stuff some guys says, "hope you're not putting that on that bike out there!". So I asked for his input and as we talked, we went outside and looked at he bike. I told him that I still used kerosene and brush to clean, and a synthetic 75/90w gear oil applied with a small brush. It was quite obvious that his guy had been around, turns out he is the head mechanic there and they still teach their young mechs the same method. I didn't buy the JP1.
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:44 PM   #12
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Gear lube is a great choice, provided you can be bothered often enough... For those who can't, gear lube in an automated chain oiler is the best solution

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Old 06-23-2008, 10:00 PM   #13
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Default Chain noise or trans?

Hello, just got a 2001 750 Kat and I can hear a funny noise when throttle is applied, sounds like chain or sprocket chattering. Goes away if clutch engaged. Maybe transmission? Noise occurs in all gears also. Also, how much play should the chain have sitting at rest with no one on the bike?
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Old 06-23-2008, 10:42 PM   #14
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:58 PM   #15
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Default Chain noise

The chain was loose and tightening it fixed the noise. Thanks all!
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:42 PM   #16
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How often do you have to lube the chain and also how often do you have to tighten it? I was riding today and noticed a chain noise,a little clicking or binding noise. Sprocket looked dry so I lubed the chain and sprocket and it's quite now.
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Manual Says:
Lube at least every 600 miles, ditto on cleaning.

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Using an oil-based lube, lube every 150 miles, clean every 1000.

Adjustments: if your chain is in good shape and you adjust it correctly (i.e. - not too tight, aim for 1.1"), you should get about 3500 miles between adjustments easily.

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Old 07-19-2008, 01:07 AM   #18
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Thanks for article and thanks cyberpoet for the links. Learned a lot about torque & HP through socket changes. Love this site!! Long time rider but never worked on my bikes before.
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Also worth noting, and this is directly from the maintenance manual:
"Count out 21 pins (20 pitches) on the chain and measure the distance between the two points. If the distance exceeds the service limit, the chain must be replaced".
Service limit at is 12.6 in ( 319.4mm), 21 pins(posts)
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Also worth noting, and this is directly from the maintenance manual:
"Count out 21 pins (20 pitches) on the chain and measure the distance between the two points. If the distance exceeds the service limit, the chain must be replaced".
Service limit at is 12.6 in ( 319.4mm), 21 pins(posts)
What point in the pin do you measure from? Inside to inside? Center to center?
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