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Old 07-27-2010, 09:22 AM   #1
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Question noob chain & sprocket question, OEM or aftermarket?

ok guys & gals, I'm sure this has been beaten to death, but my search did not give me the answers I was looking for.

The specific question I have is:

Should I get an OEM Kawasaki chain and sprocket replacement, or aftermarket???

I am not interested in changing the gearing/tooth counts, just need a new chain and apparently I should put on new sprockets too.

I'm not a racer so don't need anything fancy. However, if there are better/ more reliable/longer lasting aftermarket replacments, I would like to know about them, and why they are better.

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Old 07-27-2010, 09:51 AM   #2
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I like the RK ZZZ chain and driven sprockets. High TS on the chain and the Driven sprockets are made of steel. They do make some in Al. I recently found this out.
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i'd go with steel sprockets too,, and imo i'd go with aftermarket and not oem, something like rk, renthal, whatever you can get the best deal on
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you can usually get a chain and sproket kit from renthal or rk with stock gearing for much cheaper than oem parts. PM if you want more specifics.
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Stock sprockets last really long. That's about allt he advice I can give you lol
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plus, you can do a 520 coversion and shave a few pounds. Go w/ steel sprockets if you want it to last
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ok guys & gals, I'm sure this has been beaten to death, but my search did not give me the answers I was looking for.

The specific question I have is:

Should I get an OEM Kawasaki chain and sprocket replacement, or aftermarket???

I am not interested in changing the gearing/tooth counts, just need a new chain and apparently I should put on new sprockets too.

I'm not a racer so don't need anything fancy. However, if there are better/ more reliable/longer lasting aftermarket replacments, I would like to know about them, and why they are better.

TIA, Jeremy
for the sprockets, go with steel for longevity. as for the chain, doesn't have to be oem, they're pretty much all the same.
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Old 08-06-2010, 07:20 PM   #9
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Yes they say replace the sprockets when you replace the chain.
I have found the chain wears/stretches first.
If you note it soon enough you may catch it before it damages the rear sprocket.
The last to go is typically the front sproket.
I have typically replaced the chain and if the sprockets look OK I let them alone.
Keep the chain well lubed. I get 12 to 15K miles to a chain without visable sprocket damage.

OK now you can all tell me I am wrong, but that has been my experiance.

FYI Super Sprockets you can get a lif time waranty for a couple extra bucks I think they are same as Renthal.
RK is a good chain.

Yes you want STEEL for general raod riding.

Pick up a rivet tool too it will save you time and headaches. pays for itself in about 3 chain changes
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Old 08-06-2010, 08:15 PM   #10
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Id go with Supersprockets and a D.I.D chain
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Don't go for an alu. Rear sprocket

Hard anodized are good
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DID, RK or EK correct spec chain and steel sprockets.
make sure you're getting the correct spec chain, it's easy to be fooled into buying an on-line special that gives you a chain and sprockets but often a chain designed for a lower power/torque spec than you really need.
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