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Motorcycle Chains and Chain Parts Size 530

Each part of your motorcycle has a function to carry and is vital for the entire vehicle's performance. The chain is responsible for transferring power from the engine to the rear wheel, spinning it around. If this part is not working as it should, it could result in an accident. Inspecting, adjusting, cleaning and replacing the chain, if required, is thus vital.

Motorcycle Chain Inspection

First, grasp the motorcycle chain between the rear and front sprockets and try pulling it up and down. The chain should be able to move both up and down. Turn the rear wheel and check all the parts of the chain. If some part moves too much, the chain needs tightening. If a part moves too little, it needs loosening.

Cleaning Your Motorcycle Chain

Most motorcycle chains are the o-ring type that has rubber components, which are sensitive to some solvents. Thus, use a cleaning agent that works with the o-ring chain. Apply the cleaning agent with a soft brush or spray it on the chain and sprockets. Next, wipe off excess grime. Roll the rear wheel to reach all parts of the chain.

Replacing the Chain

The chain is worn if you can pull too much of it out from the sprocket. You could also measure the chain and compare the results to that of a new chain. If it has become longer by 2.5 percent or more, it has elongated. Too loose or too tight chain may break. Change the chain and sprockets at the same time as new parts work together well.

Choosing the Chain

When choosing the chain, consider its material and the size. Stainless steel motorcycle chains are very durable and not prone to rust and corrosion, so choose them if you often ride in the rain or your bike gets wet often for some other reason. The number in the chain size refers to the distance between the chain pins. Most chains have the number stamped on the links.

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