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August 22nd, 2005, 09:42 PM   #1
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Why the heck is our chain rubbing the frame?????? HELP!

I have a '05 650 FE, and have noticed that the chain is cutting into the frame on the inside by the counter shaft! There is literally 1mm between the chain's rivet and the frame, and when the master link comes around you can see where it just nicks the frame! How dumb! I keep my chain properly tensioned-just a hair looser than the manual due to supermoto jumps!

What are the solutions? I know this is happening on our bikes! Should I be concerned? How thick is the frame down there?

I only have 30 hours/1600 km's on the bike!

Is there a narrower chain available? I think a I am going to flip the master link inside out and see if that helps? Any ideas?
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August 22nd, 2005, 10:28 PM   #2
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Toss the o ring chain !!! put a cheap roller on it and keep up the loooob... ya gain another MM for shur......ooops now I'm gonna get crap,,,,,,,
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August 22nd, 2005, 10:29 PM   #3
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I hate to say it's normal,but....it seems to the nature of the beast. On a positive note, I have never heard of this being detrimental.
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August 22nd, 2005, 11:20 PM   #4
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Hey Brian, I guess a non o-ring chain will be slightly narrower?
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August 23rd, 2005, 03:37 AM   #5
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Have this on my 02 also. I still use an o-ring chain but take a link from a non o-ring chain (use the same brand). I grind down the pins that normally hold the o-ring and mount the standard link. Now the clips is completly withing the size of the oring chain and doesn't rub anything like the frame or chainguide. I have been doing this on all dirtbikes that I am using an o-ring chain on and it hasn't given any problems yet.
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August 23rd, 2005, 07:49 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by 4strokin
Hey Brian, I guess a non o-ring chain will be slightly narrower?
Looks like 2 mm narrower......all the MX bikes that get converted and use a 5" rear with a wheel offset then the roller chain goes on and this seems to be enough to get the chain off the tire......
I have gone to a 46 tooth rear so I will going to a roller as well
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August 23rd, 2005, 08:30 AM   #7
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why not machine down the spacer that sits on the output shaft. this will send in the sprocket further and away from the frame. 2-3mm won't hurt as long as you check athat everything will work sweetly.

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Great Idea !! Thanks
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August 25th, 2005, 10:52 AM   #9
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Got the same problem on my new FE450 after only 12 hours. I got intouch with the dealer and he said they all do it but it could be because the chain is to slack. I re-checked chain tension and ok, so looks like a design fault. I am not to bothered at the moment but if it gets any worse i may look at Taffy s fix but i am a bit concerned this will throw out front and rear sprocket alignment. This fix may need new dimensioned spacers for rear wheel.

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I wouldn't worry too much though. All bergs have it and I haven't seen or heard of one that had the pins of the chain grinded through and break. Or the frame for that matter.
But they could have made everything a bit roomier when designing the bike.
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