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    I put a new DID O ring on my bike, yes, Qwerty, with new sprockets, 1200 Miles ago.

    I keep checking and it does not need any adjustment! What gives? I was adjusting the other one pretty much after every ride.

    As well, my bike was getting a little hard to start and would not take gas untill warmed up. I adjusted the valves, they were tight, and she now starts immediately and will take gas right away.

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    I read into your post because I thought maybe you were commenting on the stock chain.



    I have 3500 now on my TW and the stock chain has only been adjusted 2 times and its on setting 4. I expected it to be dust by now. But it keeps going.



    Anyone else have an experience similar to mine with the stock chain?



    Quote Originally Posted by Delboy View Post
    I put a new DID O ring on my bike, yes, Qwerty, with new sprockets, 1200 Miles ago.

    I keep checking and it does not need any adjustment! What gives? I was adjusting the other one pretty much after every ride.

    As well, my bike was getting a little hard to start and would not take gas untill warmed up. I adjusted the valves, they were tight, and she now starts immediately and will take gas right away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry View Post
    I read into your post because I thought maybe you were commenting on the stock chain.



    I have 3500 now on my TW and the stock chain has only been adjusted 2 times and its on setting 4. I expected it to be dust by now. But it keeps going.



    Anyone else have an experience similar to mine with the stock chain?




    I put over 7500 on my stock chain before I changed it to a O-ring. Was also only on setting 4. But the chain started to stretch "unevenly".

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    Wow...my stock chain has/had 3500 miles on it and got to where it was stretched after every ride. I was on setting 8 and it needed adjustment again, so the O-ring chain deal came along at the perfect time!
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    Forgive me folks, but chains don't stretch. But they do eventually manage to settle in to grooves worn into sprockets, pivot on smaller radius pens, and develop slack that cause the need for adjustment. How fast all this occurs depends on how much you use the twisty thingy, how hard you pop that lever in your left hand, and whether or not you even use that left lever when you are raising or stomping on that lever under or over your left foot, and or flexing your right wrist. You can baby these things for many thousands of miles or trash them in pocos kilometros - everything is in your style. If the oem chains were as bad as most people depict them, Yamaha would not use them. If everyone rode their bike like the most conservative rider, no upgrade chains would be sold. Ride on but do pay attention to whether your chain needs adjustment or not. Cheers, Tom
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    So Peruano what exactly are you tryin' to say? Im a clutch-poppin, shifter-stompin, throttle-stranglin' mad man?



    You've seen me ride huh?!



    J.K. Of coarse, but is my riding style really that different from others? I use the clutch to shift and not before my foot is back off the shifter, I've never popped a wheelie, I lubed that sucker after every ride or two... I do give the throttle some love though... naaaaaah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delboy View Post
    I put a new DID O ring on my bike, yes, Qwerty, with new sprockets, 1200 Miles ago.

    I keep checking and it does not need any adjustment! What gives? I was adjusting the other one pretty much after every ride.

    As well, my bike was getting a little hard to start and would not take gas untill warmed up. I adjusted the valves, they were tight, and she now starts immediately and will take gas right away.
    Is this a complaint?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PalmStateCrawler View Post
    Is this a complaint?!




    No, I anticipated that it would stretch, err, I mean, "settle into grooves worn into sprockets, pivot on smaller radius pens, and develop slack that cause the need for adjustment" over the first few hundred miles. Then it would be several thousand more miles before any adjustment would be necessary.

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    Since you put new sprockets on there are no "grooves" to settle in to. This is the reasoning for applying new sprockets when installing a new chain. Good job on doing it the right way! Your chain thanks you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peruano View Post
    Forgive me folks, but chains don't stretch. But they do eventually manage to settle in to grooves worn into sprockets, pivot on smaller radius pens, and develop slack that cause the need for adjustment. How fast all this occurs depends on how much you use the twisty thingy, how hard you pop that lever in your left hand, and whether or not you even use that left lever when you are raising or stomping on that lever under or over your left foot, and or flexing your right wrist. You can baby these things for many thousands of miles or trash them in pocos kilometros - everything is in your style. If the oem chains were as bad as most people depict them, Yamaha would not use them. If everyone rode their bike like the most conservative rider, no upgrade chains would be sold. Ride on but do pay attention to whether your chain needs adjustment or not. Cheers, Tom


    I'm glad Tom said this as my 94 still has all the OEM stuff on it, I'm changing the sprockets and chain this weekend cause the rear sprocket is really worn. The thing just turned 4K, but asked the advice from my local dealership and they said the OEM product is just fine. These guys have not steered me wrong as of yet, my WR450 is full of mods bought from them so I'm assuming they know what there talking about when it comes to the TW.



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