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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-25-2013, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question Mileage for replacing chain and sprockets

I just bought an 08 Ninja 250 with 24,000 miles on it and just cleaned and lubed the chain and was wondering after how many miles the chain and sprocket should be replaced? I have a feeling that the previous owner of the bike did not maintain it very well as the bike was practically bone-dry on oil .

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How much you pay for it? If you don't mind me asking...

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No worries, I paid $2300. It's been laid down on both sides as well. But at least it has an Area-P exhaust
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There is no hard and fast rule for "mileage" on a chain. It all depends on how well it was maintained, and how hard the bike was ridden. (An aggressive rider will stretch out a chain faster than a smooth one.)

The chain should be cleaned, inspected and lubed every 600 miles or so for longest life.

Did you get the owner's manual? It will have the chain spec....once the tension is set properly, the test is to measure a set number of links and see if the measurement falls within a certain range.

Following from Ninja Boy's manual (2012) but I believe the specs are the same for your 2008:

Slack should be within 0.8 - 1.2 inches (20-30mm) midway between engine and rear sprockets, bottom span, with the chain at its tightest position.

For the wear limit on length, with the rear wheel elevated on a swingarm stand, remove the upper chain guard, hang a 20lb weight on the bottom run of the chain (or pull the chain tight using the adjusters) and measure 20 links of the upper run of the chain. (From middle of 1st links' pin to the middle of the 21st pin). If the measurement is 12.5 inches (319mm) or more the chain is worn out.

Since you suggested the lack of care from the prior owner, be sure to replace the chain AND BOTH sprockets.

DO NOT EVER put a new chain on worn-out sprockets or you will quickly destroy the new chain!!

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My bike has 18,000 miles and the PO didn't maintain the chain at all, from the looks of it

I started to experience tight spots in the chain that I could hear when riding at slow speeds. Even at proper chain adjustment, the tight spots would wiggle the front sprocket and shift lever when riding at higher speeds

You'll start to feel when the chain needs replacing. Do your best to properly maintain it. If you don't have any problems, it's probably fine.

As for the sprockets, like Slick said, just replace them when you replace the chain.

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