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Suzuki GSX-R 1000 Service Manual: Drive chain inspection and adjustment

Inspect drive chain initially at 1 000 km (600 miles, 2 months) and every 6 000 km (4 000 miles, 12 months) thereafter

Drive chain visual check

  1. With the transmission in neutral, support the motorcycle using a jack and turn the rear wheel slowly by hand.
  2. Visually check the drive chain for the possible defects listed as follows. If any defects are found, the drive chain must be replaced. Refer to drive chain replacement in section 3a .
Note

when replacing the drive chain, replace the drive chain and sprockets as a set.

Suzuki GSX-R. Drive chain inspection and adjustment


  1. O-ring seal
  2. Grease

Drive chain length inspection

  1. Loosen the axle nut (1).
  2.  Loosen the left and right chain adjuster lock-nuts (2).
  3.  Give tension to the drive chain fully by turning both chain adjuster bolts (3).

Suzuki GSX-R. Drive chain length inspection


  1. Count out 21 pins (20 pitches) on the chain and measure the distance between the two points. If the distance exceeds the service limit, the chain must be replaced.

Drive chain 20-pitch length service limit: 319.4 Mm (12.57 In)

Suzuki GSX-R. Drive chain length inspection


  1. After finishing the drive chain length inspection, adjust the drive chain slack.

Drive chain slack adjustment

  1. Support the motorcycle with a jack.
  2. Loosen the axle nut (1).
  3.  Loosen the left and right chain adjuster lock-nuts (2).
  4.  Loosen or tighten both chain adjuster bolts (3) until there is 20 30 mm (0.8 1.2 In) of slack a at the middle of the chain between the engine and rear sprockets as shown in the figure.
Caution


the reference marks a on both sides of the swingarm and the edge of each chain adjuster must be aligned to ensure that the front and rear wheels are correctly aligned.

Drive chain slack a standard: 20 30 mm (0.8 1.2 In)

Suzuki GSX-R. Drive chain slack adjustment


Suzuki GSX-R. Drive chain slack adjustment


  1. After adjusting the drive chain, tighten the axle nut (1) to the specified torque.

Tightening torque rear axle nut: 100 nm (10.0 Kgf-m, 72.5 Lbf-ft)

  1. Tighten both chain adjuster lock-nuts (2) securely.
  2.  Recheck the drive chain slack after tightening the axle nut.
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