Need fellow ADV rider help chain about to break

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by irishdec, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. irishdec

    irishdec Been here awhile

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    Hi all.
    Need some help here.
    On my way from Toronto to Yellowstone with my son.
    Riding a DL 1000 and have stopped west of Chicago , noticed a few of my O-Ring rubbers have come loose from the links.
    Is this a major problem ?, and should it last till I get to Sioux falls ?- 500 miles give or take ?.
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  2. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    How many miles on the drive set? Sprockets hooked? I'm guessing pretty worn out?

    Best case, start babying it to the next shop that stocks a chain & sprocket set. Too many potentially terrible consequences to regret if it fails.
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  3. joexr

    joexr Banned

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    Keep it lubed in the mean time. The open links where you lost the O-rings are no longer internally lubed. You still have to lube the O-rings and rollers on an O-ring chain.
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  4. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    i would shoot some chain lube on it often like a non oring since thats what it is now. then get a new one fist chance you have along with sprockets if possible.
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  5. doorman

    doorman Aimless

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    I bought a bike once that was missing probably half the o rings in the chain. I ran that chain for at least 3000 miles before replacing it. Just keep it well oiled, and keep a close eye on it.
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  6. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    The O'rings keep the dirt out of the inner pins and the lube inside the links.

    Ride on.
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  7. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Chains didn't even have O-rings for a long time. All it meant was much more frequent lubrication and faster wear. It will be OK for the rest of your trip but replace it when you get home.
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  8. irishdec

    irishdec Been here awhile

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    Thanks to all.
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