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Here's the deal:



I bought a very low-mileage used TW.

OEM chain was dirty, but otherwise in good condition.

So I removed it, cleaned it, oiled it etc.



But I'm having difficulty re-threading it onto the front sprocket.

Any tricks to doing this without removing the side cover?
 

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Definitely don't take the side cover off, it's completely unnecessary and you will probably ruin the gasket if it's old - not to mention you would have to drain the oil or lean the bike far to the right. Just keep trying, it might take several tries but you should be able get a few links on the sprocket and from there push the chain forward to turn the sprocket until you can see the chain underneath and grab it, from there it's easy. Taking the chain guard off will help a bit if you get frustrated but it's not necessary.



Be very careful once you have it threaded through the front sprocket - there is a bolt that goes across the engine right near that area, I don't remember what it is offhand I guess it's a bolt that holds the engine in place, but either way be mindful of it and make sure you keep the chain above it as you thread it towards the rear sprocket.
 

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I shove a wire from underneath and hook it and pull it back through, setting it over the sprocket.

You really must put an end to that low-mileage problem! GB
 

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Thanks to everyone who responded.

The fish wire around the sprocket did the trick.



I bought the '09 last week with just 200 miles on it.

On my first real ride, I managed to double the mileage.



She came from an environment of gritty sand which was the reason for servicing the chain already.



I have a feeling that I'll be selling my Royal Star and CB400 in the spring.
 

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Be very careful once you have it threaded through the front sprocket - there is a bolt that goes across the engine right near that area, I don't remember what it is offhand I guess it's a bolt that holds the engine in place, but either way be mindful of it and make sure you keep the chain above it as you thread it towards the rear sprocket.


+1 on this point! And although it may seem obvious, it IS possible to run the chain around the WRONG side of the swingarm - I know, because I've done it more than once when replacing chain!

If you've done it wrong, it will become real apparent once you pull it through!
 

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Was it salty sand? If it was you really want to get it all. It festers. Pull all your plastic covers and rear fender to get under them, and take off the seat, but especially the gas tank. Dielectric paste any connectors you take apart.

-GB
 

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Buy a second chain. One on the bike, one soaking, dripping, etc. When time comes to clean the chain on the bike, just slip each chain on the end of the same master link and tug. As the dirty chain comes out, the clean chain goes in. Easy as pie, and your sprockets will last twice as long.
 

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When I clean my chain I prop up the rear wheel then take off my chain guard.. I then spray the chain with something cheap "Wd 40.. Let set for a few minutes, then take clean rags and really wipe it good.. Then I apply my chain lube.. Let set overnight.. My chain looks fantastic. OMM.
 
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