Gen 4: 2011-2015 Chain roller wear/ chain out of adj. - Kawasaki ZX-10R.net
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post #1 of 17 Old 11-28-2017, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Chain roller wear/ chain out of adj.

Bike has 8500 miles gen4... Half it's life has been -2 front sprocket since previous owner. I noticed cleaning my chain today a hand full or so of rollers are not as wide as others. I took a pic of the worse one. Front and rear sprocket are in decent shape. Keep on riding until rear sprocket is shot and replace all?

Also I believe he swapped front sprocket and kept chain stock length. I'm almost out of adjustment. Should I take a link out? Is it normal to be that far back with a -2?

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I'd say no, no and no to all your questions.

Chain looks f'd up, looks like they're wider because it's missing seals.

Who knows what the PO did to that thing looks in bad shape for only 8500 miles?

I personally would replace all. Sprockets and chain.

You can probably still use for a while, but I'd replace all.

Could this some kind of mix mess up conversion with like 525 sprockets with 520 chain or something?

Just have not seen seals disintegrated like that at 8,500 miles.

Width between inner plates--
520: 1/4"
525: 5/16"

That might cause something like that? Spreading the links a little and destroying the seals?
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I'd say no, no and no to all your questions.

Chain looks f'd up, looks like they're wider because it's missing seals.

Who knows what the PO did to that thing looks in bad shape for only 8500 miles?

I personally would replace all. Sprockets and chain.

You can probably still use for a while, but I'd replace all.

Could this some kind of mix mess up conversion with like 525 sprockets with 520 chain or something?

Just have not seen seals disintegrated like that at 8,500 miles.

Width between inner plates--
520: 1/4"
525: 5/16"

That might cause something like that? Spreading the links a little and destroying the seals?
I will check and take more pics

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Here is pic of rear sprocket and better looking part of chain. It is 5/16 inside.

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Is this a holy shit park it? Or don't bother taking link out finish the season out (South Carolina) and replace everything sprockets and chains?

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If there's any question about the serviceability of chain & sprockets just bite the bullet & replace now.

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I'm ordering ek 525 chain with -1f +2r so essentially -1 rear from where I'm at. I'll ride to work today and tommarow and park it.

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Sadly, you cant judge a chain by the 109 links that are good. ..or whatever its length is....

When you see that one link with missing seals, thats it. Its dead. Remember that saying about a chain being only as good as its weakest link?

When chains break, in motion, they tend to bunch up and rip sections from the motors case, lock back wheels, and other nasty stuff.
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Holy crap! Never seen O-rings just altogether missing like that! What kind of "lubricant" did the previous owner use to just disintegrated the rubber?

I'd oil/wax the shit out of it and baby it to the shop.

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Holy crap! Never seen O-rings just altogether missing like that!
I have... I write about the effects of aerosol propellants on EPDM rubber etc in my chain and sprocket article
ROGUE RACING ZX-10R Gearing/Sprockets Page
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