2015 ktm 500 exc.. is 14/48 with stock chain possible? because its not working for me

I for the life of me cant have one project on my bike go smoothly. Picked up 14 front and 48 rear today for my bike and was recommended by my dealer to buy a chain just in case the stock was too short because he said that set up was pushing it. The chain he gave me is 520/ 120 link chain. My stock chain just barely fit but the chain is completely tight... too tight, absolutely no play in the chain. The chain the parts guy at the dealer gave me is wayyyy too long. I would have to remove like 4 links and thats with the wheel set all the way back. What do you guys recommend or what did you run with a 14/48 setup? Of course I can always go back to the dealer tomorrow but I was supposed to leave to go riding tonight and now im in the middle of this. Thanks

Edited by Davey_HK

Did you flip the axle blocks?

Shorten the chain

Flip the axle blocks around and see if the short chain will fit.  If not, then cutting the long chain is cake.  Use a dremmel, bench grinder, etc.. and grind the plate flat where you want to cut the chain.  Grind both pins and into the side plate a little until the plate is completely smooth.  Now the side plate will pop right off and the chain will fall in 2.  Just don't cut it too short!


A chain tool is even easier, but I'm guessing you don't have one. ;)

You have to flip the axle blocks to use the stock chain with 14/48.  That being said on both my 2012 and 15 it caused the rear tire to rub on the mud flap, on the 15 I actually had to replace it after it wore a hole completely through.

You have to flip the axle blocks to use the stock chain with 14/48.  That being said on both my 2012 and 15 it caused the rear tire to rub on the mud flap, on the 15 I actually had to replace it after it wore a hole completely through.

I had this very thing happen to me. DO NOT shorten your chain too much. I made that mistake. ONCE...

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