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Old 11-13-2011, 06:49 AM   #1
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XR650R. Bent chain slider thingy? Photo.

Anyone know what causes the chain slider plate to get bent like this? Loose chain? Worn out chain.

I do run my chain on the loose side but this is a newer OEM chain (800 miles) that's done this.

Any idea's?



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Old 11-13-2011, 01:16 PM   #2
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dropped the bike recently? i dropped mine and a rock landed just right and bent that plate in just like yours. bend it back and forget about it.
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:43 PM   #3
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Chain slap. The faster you ride the faster it tends to bend over. Look down at your chain riding 65 or so sometime and you will be able to see it easily. I haven't noticed that chain tightness matters too much, as long as it isn't rediculously loose it should be fine.

My bike has always done that too. Don't worry about it, bend it back and run it. I've probably bent mine back about 10 times, replaced chains 5-6 times, and been through three or four of the chain sliders with no ill effects.
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Old 11-13-2011, 02:17 PM   #4
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Also make sure that your sprockets are tight and rear wheel properly aligned. I don't think the 650R has a cush drive but worn cush "bushings" can cause that kind of issue too...
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:14 PM   #5
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Yeah, it's strange. I've got about 30K miles on XR's and had never seen this. Just bought this one with the OEM chain and it's bent it twice.
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:33 PM   #6
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Hmm... I never noticed a xrr without it, but I haven't been looking either. I run my bike as a supermoto alot which makes it happen more often, I just assumed it was a part of being on the street without a cush hub.

I wonder if it has to do with the "keeper" on the front sprocket. My front sprocket is pretty loose from a worn keeper, and that might contribute to more chain slap.
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