Ok, not sure who's paying attention, but it's nice to have a list of what I've done so I can double check myself.
So I did the chain and sprockets on Monday. The front sprocket was factory. The rear was aftermarket and severely done for. Two of the sprocket nuts were stripped enough that I had to tap the socket on with a hammer to make sure it seated. Bought replacements for those with my order. The rear axle nut was so loose I'm horrified I rode it 50 miles. It was maybe
hand tight. Tensioner bolts had nuts that were nearly stripped, but still useable. The old chain might have been factory, but had some rust on the inside of the rollers and was pretty stiff.
SO nice to have done it myself, set the chain tension, properly installed the rivet master link, and properly torqued everything down.
Also got on my fabbed up license plate bracket and managed to machine down the old mirror mounts to serve as block off plates.
I put everything back together again, except for the lower fairings. It fired right up again, but the idle is off just a touch even after a new air filter and plugs. It's smooth, but has random "peaks" if that makes any sense. I've still yet to do the valves or sync the throttle bodies. I'm also thinking some injector cleaner couldn't hurt. It jumps right up with a little bit of throttle, so no hesitation or bogging. All in all, it runs really well and could run better still.
Now I'm just waiting on the stinking shift elbow. I ordered it last Friday night, just before what ended up being everyone's 3-day weekend. I didn't even see movement on the package until yesterday and USPS is saying it will probably be Saturday. Oh well. It decided to be winter here again and will be cold until next week any way. Just anxious to get it inspected and registered.
To be 100% honest, I'm now a little scared that the transmission might have issues. Even if it weren't deliberately abused, the condition of the chain and shift elbow indicate the final drive was i such poor shape, it could have affected the transmission. I'll feel better when I can run it with a sorted final drive and see how it performs.
EDIT: Oh and I did find a few videos of startups and the TB noise is fairly normal from what I saw. Just noisier than I expected.