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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 2010, 2:39 pm
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It is just resting there.

With the splines ramping up to the full OD of the shaft just prior to entering the engine case, the sprocket will not go any further toward the case. Then, the new sprocket is resting against the spacer and there is about 0.010" or less of play laterally, so I can just get the sprocket retainer in and out without a much difficulty. There should essentially be no force along the shaft, so this should not pose any issues. The boogered up splines was allowing 4mm of play toward the engine when OEM should only be about 1mm, so now I have about the same lateral freeplay as stock.

If I wanted to bolt it to the backside of the sprocket, ideally I'd have to drill the threads out of the holes in the spacer because of the rare odds the threads between the spacer and the sprocket align. If it is deemed necessary, it won't take much to bolt the sprocket and spacer together....probably a carbide bit being toasted per hole (those sprockets are pretty damn hard).
The splines on my bike are similar to yours, meaning they are not that great. I assume this is normal for these engines.

I would NOT bolt the two parts together, since power would then travel through those small bolts to the sprocket, probably leading to failure.
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post #32 of 37 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 2010, 2:57 pm
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I have 40k on my bike and am on the 2nd retainer. Just replace it every time you change the chain/sprockets, and put some lubricant on it.
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post #33 of 37 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 2010, 7:38 pm Thread Starter
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I would NOT bolt the two parts together, since power would then travel through those small bolts to the sprocket, probably leading to failure.
I figured it is not anything that would be necessary with the lack of lateral force that they will experience. I have about 1000 miles on it, so far, and LiquidSilver told me that he got a few thousand out of his before he traded the bike, so I'm not too sure of the longevity of the system, but I don't see much potential for any issues......but sometimes I'm not real good at judging these types of things, as some previous posts on this thread would prove. LOL

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IMHO I think it's a creative idea and I don't see any problem with it (I thought your initial one was good, too, until it started spitting out the bolts!).
FWIW, my 1998 got 28,000mi out of the OEM chain, sprockets, and retainer. The local dealer actually gave me another retainer because my VIN was in the recall range. I always kept my eye on it due to the recall, but the first retainer went 28000 (had the new spare one in the tank bag...). I put the new one in with the new Ch.+Sprockets. I believe my chain oiler helped with the life of the chain and related hardware.

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As for replacing the retainer with a new set of chain and sprockets or whatever, if you notice my first post....

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Strangely, this is the third or fourth sprocket retainer that I've put on the bike in the 40k miles of its life, and I've never had one wear out this quickly nor as badly...
This means I was replacing the retainer more than most people, apparently, and the bike still ate my retainer. Maybe there is just something weird with my bike/output shaft where it wanted to wear the retainer faster than most, which is strange, because the retainer really shouldn't see much wear. It just rocks a little back and forth in the slot in the shaft. From what I can tell, the shaft runs straight and true. Maybe I'll check the run out, sometime.

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Sorry Terry, I'm too lazy to re-read all the prior posts, but with a new chain and sprockets, how is the alignment of the two sprockets?

I used a lazer pointer (shhhhh, I borrowed it from the conference room) and laid it in between the chain side plates at the wheel, pointing at the output sprocket.

I'll never tell if you return it to the conference room with chain lube on it ......

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Sigh...I now have to do the spacer as my output shaft is buggered. Can anyone post if this has been a permanent fix? I tour a lot and run 5000 miles on most trips. Leaving in a month and I'd love to hear people speak up on this fix please and thanks.
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