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Old 11-11-2012, 01:52 AM   #31 (permalink)
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You break the chain every time you remove the rear wheel?
Actually... so far yes. Except for the one time I had to replace the front sprocket on my 80 Suzuki in which I didn't.

Its probably force of habit from working on cruisers. The rear ends are so screwed on those and the wheels are so heavy that you just break the chain every time to make things easier. My parent have to use a jack to get the rear wheel back in on there HD's.

A new master link is under 5 bucks so its not a big deal. Yes if you are changing sprocket sizes you will have to also. If you are going smaller you will probably have to shorten the chain meaning a new link, if you are going larger you might need a new chain.

He is replacing the sprocket with a stock size so he won't have to worry though. If you can just remove it without breaking it by all means just do it. I always have a spare master laying around though and I've always just broke the chain since you almost have to on old cruisers and never bothered to try not breaking it since I bought a sport bike.

I'll be dropping a few teeth in the rear come spring so I'll have to break the chain regardless, but for future tire changes after that, I'll try doing it the way you all are talking about since I never even thought about attempting it.

I am not stupid (yes the IQ number is accurate :P ) but I can be dense as hell sometimes. I read the part where he said he bought a chain that can not be removed and that is all I fixated on after that for some reason.

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Old 11-11-2012, 02:59 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Even for cruisers you just pull the axle and slide the wheel forward in the swingarm. There is more than enough slack to take the chain off.

Then again, if you were taught to break it how could you know any better or figure out a more efficient method.
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Even for cruisers you just pull the axle and slide the wheel forward in the swingarm. There is more than enough slack to take the chain off.

Then again, if you were taught to break it how could you know any better or figure out a more efficient method.
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Yeah, or if the wheel will be off for a while I ziptie it to the subframe, I still forget the put the chain on the sprocket sometimes.
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Ive replaced chains before, never by saving the old one tho which is why the question was asked in the first place, ive always just found it easier to break the chain rather then take the whole wheel off. Didnt even pass my mind to take the wheel off, so thanks. Btw the chain was bought at a dealership, but when your stranded in the middle of nowhere 10 hours away from home im not gonna worry about saving 60 bucks.


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