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Old 12-13-2012, 09:40 AM   #1
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chain tensioning question

hello everyone.
I recently noticed my chain was pretty loose, so I tightened the tightest part of the chain to about 1.3 inches. I know everyone here says 40mm or approximately 1.57 inches. However, I chose 1.3 inches at the tightest part of the chain because at the loosest part of the chain it is at 2 inches. This seems way too much to me. Like its clanking and slapping around and runs the risk of jumping track. I'm new to motorcycles and this is the first time I've worked on the chain. It is an 05 r6. The adjuster has 4 tic marks to go till the end of the swing arm. Is my chain bad because of the loose spots? Should I stop driving it immediately?
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:23 PM   #2
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Re: chain tensioning question

Yup,get new sprockets and a new chain.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:03 PM   #3
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Re: chain tensioning question

Sounds like you surely need new sprockets and a chain. Just curious, but what bike and is it the oem chain kit?
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:48 PM   #4
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its an 05 r6. 17,000miles (what is the life expectancy of a chain?)

Im not sure if its stock or not. Just by the previous owner, i would think its stock because he upgraded it simply by superficial means. i.e. blinkers, LEDs, smoked screen. So i doubt he did any really upgrades.

Is there a way to tell what it is by looking at it?
I dont want to change the ratio gearing at all. I ride is the street and its plenty aggressive for me.
The only upgrade i can see doing is a 520 conversion. this is the lighter one i believe. If i do this, will i need new front and rear sprockets?
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:52 PM   #5
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:52 PM   #6
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If you go with a 520, you well need 520 pitch sprockets.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:54 PM   #7
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that clarifies the "pitch" thing i wasn't understanding. It would probably be cheaper to keep the front and rear sprockets and just replace the chain then, huh?
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:58 PM   #8
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why don't you post photos .
If you are just street riding, keep in mind that a 520 chain/spk although lighter, won't last as long. Nor will an aluminum rear sprocket vs. a steel rear.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:35 PM   #9
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the sprocket says 48. and each chain link says ZLV 532.

I just tried uploading images, but after i hit load it it says server error.
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