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Chain slider? I think you ought to have this protecting the swingarm, right?
Chain cover, definitely, especially a used one with gunks of chain lube mixed with road grime will dampen chain noise.
 

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Discussion Starter · #42 · (Edited)
Lol. Yeah I always take those off honestly (chain guard in the back not the guide) because I hate how they look but I also don't lube then take off down the road regardless. The rubber guide just behind the front sprocket (is what she was talking about). Forget what it's called. And honestly doubting all this crap is going to make it go away but the new chain and sprockets should at least make me feel better. The exhaust is already loud enough and it's not drowning out the noise so I'm probably going to sell it when I leave cali if I can't make it stop.
 

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I doesn't. It literally sounds like the front sprocket nut is loose and the sprocket is in there with an empty coke can full of pennies. I'm exaggerating of course but it's loud enough to make me want it to stop. I'm not above saying it's me looking too much into stuff but I just wouldn't expect this kind of noise on a bike with 6k on the clock. The mechanic is a trusted one around here and she said it's that loud because the dampening equipment is not there. Going to order the vortex steel front and back and an RK 525 z3d. If it's still there, maybe I'll just order and re-install the dampeners. Been on gsxr's for over 11 years and this noise is foreign to me. Not believing it's just aftermarket parts, non-quality or quality parts.
Video of said noise? Highly doubt a front sprocket is going to make a noise loud enough given its fixed in place, either the chain is munching the swingarm if there is no plastic guide, or it's something internal given all the internal gears run along the same axis as the front sprocket, that plus internal is the only place that has actual movement of the gears and dogs etc.
 

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Nah. No video as I've only heard it on the road. Couldn't replicate it with the bike on a stand. Heard it the worse when the chain was on the tight side going through a tunnel. Even with a shoei helmet, on a phone call, I can hear the sound when it's present. We shall see once I replace sprockets and chain. Ordered the lightech chain adjusters for a precise adjustment. Still mulling around trying to find a 525 set with front sprocket rubber cushions before I settle on the vortex steel set without. Ordered this as the bike is missing it to hopefully help.

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If you were missing the nylon chain slide pictured above, for sure you were hearing noise from the chasing rubbing directly on the swing arm, can’t you see in there the aluminum being worn away?
Came in the mail along with new chain and sprockets. Took a look for myself and it's not actually missing at all. Further look into sprocket covers and it doesn't appear they come with insulation in the cover. Not even sure what she was talking about at this point. Waiting on a socket and I'll find out if the noise is from any of that.
 

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Came in the mail along with new chain and sprockets. Took a look for myself and it's not actually missing at all. Further look into sprocket covers and it doesn't appear they come with insulation in the cover. Not even sure what she was talking about at this point. Waiting on a socket and I'll find out if the noise is from any of that.
Sprocket cover has no insulation, that was the comment from her that I was curious about, and I had hoped to clarify it and prevented unnecessary expense.
I hope to hear from you soon. Too bad if you cannot resolve this..
 

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Update

Noise gone. Replaced the sprockets and chain (back to factory gearing). Don't know what it was but it's gone now and the bike is running like a champ.

(Sold) I'm doubting it but before I throw any of this stuff out, if someone wants it, pay for the shipping and you can have it. Otherwise it's going to the trash. -1+3, a chain, and the guide (pic below).

Thanks a lot for all the input from everyone. Took a lot of the recommendations and made things a lot better.

Notes in case anyone runs into this post in a search:
  • had to use a impact to break the front sprocket nut loose. Tried every other trick as some posts expressed that an impact was a bad idea. The 5' breaker felt way more wreckless than the impact IMO. I attempted every setting on the impact to limit the stress but the 600lb setting was the only one to bust it loose and did so with a quickness.
  • Installed the lightech adjusters with the dorman castle nut (size 36mm), this website saved me the headache so I knew about it up front.
  • the EK 525 z3d is way better quality than I expected but I'm new to executing this task so I snapped the push pins on two chain breakers (leading to the next comment)
  • a 17.99 special from amazon (orion motor tech, OMT), a 49.99 dollar Stockton chain breaker (not impressed with either). The Motion Pro Chain Breaker made this process extremely easy. $109.00 but worth it and provides bowling alley bumpers for breaking, pressing the master link, and riveting. Ruined two masters with the cheaper breakers. Took one try with the Motion pro. Constant measuring and checking didn't matter in my case.
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Right on! Unusual noises are so damn annoying and I can understand how that would get under your skin. I really wonder if the Supersprox sprocket was the cause. It was the only unconventional part in that assembly.
 
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Not sure man but the sound was driving me insane. Like the front sprocket nut was loose and the washer was rattling or something similar except the nut was insanely tight. But regardless, the noise is gone and I'm wildly impressed with the feel. The torque is definitely handcuffed with stock gearing but I don't mind at all.

Still super impressed and appreciative of the guidance and responses from this site. Made all the maintenance extremely easy!
 
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