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I hear a cluttering noise coming from my sprocket. I believe the front is worn pretty badly. Does anyone know how to get the front sprocket cover off? I think the clutch cable may be the problem but I cannot get it off. Any help?

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The front sproket normally last for a very long time so I am pretty sure it is not the cause of this problem.Try to adjust the chain tension and this may solve this problem.Also if the rear sproket are worn out or it could well be the chain that needs replacing.Hope this gives you an idea.

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