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Old 01-27-2010, 06:30 PM   #1
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Howdy fellas?

My bike has got a leak from the counter shaft since I replaced sprockets and chain, I've been hearing a little grinding noise from the sprocket since then...

The bike is at the mechanic for some basic manteinance, I told him to check the oil leak. I saw a thread about a guy who had his counter shaft bearing distroyed due to an over tighten chain and now i'm paranoic

Is it possible to destroy that bearing just that easy? I mean, I could over tighten the chain a little bit but ''a little'' is enough to destroy it?
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:43 PM   #2
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Default Re: Oil leak from the counter shaft!

did you adjust the chain with the bike on a stand, or sitting on the ground?
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Howdy fellas?

My bike has got a leak from the counter shaft since I replaced sprockets and chain, I've been hearing a little grinding noise from the sprocket since then...

The bike is at the mechanic for some basic manteinance, I told him to check the oil leak. I saw a thread about a guy who had his counter shaft bearing distroyed due to an over tighten chain and now i'm paranoic

Is it possible to destroy that bearing just that easy? I mean, I could over tighten the chain a little bit but ''a little'' is enough to destroy it?
yes...an over tight chain can do a world of harm...

read this.... https://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=71621

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Old 01-27-2010, 09:46 PM   #4
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They can fail, but its pretty rare.

There is a How-To for replacing the oil seal and o-ring. Pics are from the earlier pre '96 series.

With the sprocket removed, pull out the seal and spacer ring. Then you should be able to check the play in the bearing (slop in the shaft, moving it up, down, front, back).

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Default Re: Oil leak from the counter shaft!

Yes a too tight chain can certainly destroy that bearing. One telltale sign is reddish powder around the seal as you continue to ride. However, just because you have a seal leaking doesn't mean the bearing is bad. Replace the seal and as previously stated you can somewhat tell if there is an issue with the bearing then.
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Old 01-28-2010, 05:22 AM   #6
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Thanks guys! I always adjust my chain with the bike on the stand, and check for clearance once i'm on the bike... Sometimes I ride 2up!
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