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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 08-01-2007, 02:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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Cracking noise from o-ring chain

Has anyone here ever had an 0-ring chain start making a cracking noise when you take off from a dead stop?
How do I know if it's my chain making this noise or maybe the transmission?
I have not done anything to the chain since I got the bike last summer because I was told by a dealership that there was nothing that needed to be done to an 0-ring except maybe waxing it.
I have always had conventional chains on all my other bikes so Is It worth while sticking to the 0-ring style?
Thanks for the help in this matter
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post #2 of 46 (permalink) Old 08-01-2007, 08:52 AM
 
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Have you lubed it? Chains are noisey...a splash of lube will quiet her down a bit. Give it a good cleaning first if you haven't lately.



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Have you lubed it? Chains are noisey...a splash of lube will quiet her down a bit. Give it a good cleaning first if you haven't lately.
my brothers zx9 did the same thing clean, lube, ride
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Can you suggest a cleaner and lube for this process?
I don't have the tool to take the cain off and put one on.
I'm not use to not being able to deal with my own chain .
Do you know anyone who has changed over to a non o-ring chain and gotten
good results?
Thanks for the help guys .
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Kerosene is the best. But I use a biodegradable Bike wash on mine. For really greasy areas I use WD40. And the grunge brush. Works wonders.

I also use Dupont Teflon lube. 5 bucks from Lowes.



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Can you suggest a cleaner and lube for this process?
I don't have the tool to take the cain off and put one on.
I'm not use to not being able to deal with my own chain .
Do you know anyone who has changed over to a non o-ring chain and gotten
good results?
Thanks for the help guys .
Kerosene seems to be pretty popular to clean 'em... DuPont makes some kickass teflon lube that I never used, but looks killer.
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Kerosene is the best. But I use a biodegradable Bike wash on mine. For really greasy areas I use WD40. And the grunge brush. Works wonders.

I also use Dupont Teflon lube. 5 bucks from Lowes.
Fluck it... Always 2 minutes late... Story of my life.
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Can you suggest a cleaner and lube for this process?
I don't have the tool to take the cain off and put one on.
I'm not use to not being able to deal with my own chain .
Do you know anyone who has changed over to a non o-ring chain and gotten
good results?
Thanks for the help guys .
Dont downgrade the chain. search the old post (search option) I think Gasman has a detailed post on how to clean n lube the chain n think I reposted one from another forum on it. A o-ring chain is what ya want, but they still need maintenance once n awhile.
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It's great stuff. Goes on clear. Dries clear.





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I STRONGLY suggest you get your rear wheel up and check over that chain really well while cleaning it. Please check each and every link and pivit points.

You may find that it is actually kinked... this is bad! I had a replaceable link go bad after being installled too tight from a dealership. It was fine for a while then it gave me some problems...

Here's what happened to my rear sprocket as it being kinked coupled with maybe a poor alignment.







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Can you suggest a cleaner and lube for this process?
I use this motorex kit. Really works like a charm. The lube is great in terms of minimum flingoff, too.

http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/...t--616849.html

Comes with a good cleaning rag as well as a pocket size lube for those situations where you're in a pinch and it has just rained or something.

I would also buy a 'grunge brush'.... I spray the cleaner on and then run this baby over the chain several times. Works great for 12 bucks, and the brush blocks are adjustable and replaceable:

http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/...t--614555.html

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I STRONGLY suggest you get your rear wheel up and check over that chain really well while cleaning it. Please check each and every link and pivit points.

You may find that it is actually kinked... this is bad! I had a replaceable link go bad after being installled too tight from a dealership. It was fine for a while then it gave me some problems...

Here's what happened to my rear sprocket as it being kinked coupled with maybe a poor alignment.


Holy Crap
I can't beleive that spocket got tore up like that.
I think the whole problem started because the guy that sold me the bike put that little plastic chain guide on the swing arm and only had one taper head bolt which makes it fit flush and beneath the level of the plastic guide.
Now on the bottom he stucka small bolt in the same peice but this one had a bolt head on it which didn't stick up very high but still stuck up about a 1/8 of an inch.
when I found this bolt it had been worn down quite a bit from the chain catching on it.
Thats why I like to be the only one to work on my own equipment.
Well anyway I don't trust the damage that this little bolt head may have caused so I'm gettin a new chain tomorrow.
If.......(And this is the scary part) I put the new chain on and get it all all adjusted out and go to take off and the sound is still there that means more than likely the transmission is hurt. (even though It shifts great).
I am able to turn the drive gear just a little bit forward and backward when the bike is in first gear but I'm going to say that is a normal lash for now.
It's killing me that I can't install my own chain .
Special tools suck!
Thanks again and I hope to be back on the road Saturday if all goes well.
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Holy Crap
I can't beleive that spocket got tore up like that.
I think the whole problem started because the guy that sold me the bike put that little plastic chain guide on the swing arm and only had one taper head bolt which makes it fit flush and beneath the level of the plastic guide.
Now on the bottom he stucka small bolt in the same peice but this one had a bolt head on it which didn't stick up very high but still stuck up about a 1/8 of an inch.
when I found this bolt it had been worn down quite a bit from the chain catching on it.
Thats why I like to be the only one to work on my own equipment.
Well anyway I don't trust the damage that this little bolt head may have caused so I'm gettin a new chain tomorrow.
If.......(And this is the scary part) I put the new chain on and get it all all adjusted out and go to take off and the sound is still there that means more than likely the transmission is hurt. (even though It shifts great).
I am able to turn the drive gear just a little bit forward and backward when the bike is in first gear but I'm going to say that is a normal lash for now.
It's killing me that I can't install my own chain .
Special tools suck!
Thanks again and I hope to be back on the road Saturday if all goes well.
If you are getting a new chain, it is best to replace both sprockets as well!

Time for that new gearing?

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Dont do anything drastic. Clean the motherF'er first.



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Dont do anything drastic. Clean the motherF'er first.
I agree. And if you order the parts from like kneedraggers you can just order the special tool to go with the chain and sprockets. And I have linked the tools MANY MANY times!




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I am actully taking off of work today to get this all straightened out.
So I will keep you posted as to the results of my chain fiasco.
Did I spell fiasco right? .
As for the special James Bond chain fixing tool.......I just don't know.
I have had quite a love affair with my bike but........there is another I have had my eye on for some time now and I don't know If I'm going to hold on to the ZX6R.
I walked into Pete's cycle and this charcol grey R1 caught my eye .
I took a quiz I think that one of the guys in here had a link to after answering all the questions as honestly as I could I hit the enter button and It was suppose to show me the bike that I should be riding.
The R1 popped up......spooky huh.
Now here's a good question for you guys.
Can the same tool be used on the R1 chain as is used on the ZX6R chain
Talk at cha later.
I NEED TO RIDE SOON!
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Yes the chain tool is universal.




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No day off work is needed. CLEAN THE DAMN CHAIN. It takes 15 minutes, tops.



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No day off work is needed. CLEAN THE DAMN CHAIN. It takes 15 minutes, tops.
you didnt see my chain b4 I cleaned it
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It don't matter... so it takes you 30 mins... no different... I say do it at work! YEAH!!!




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