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Old 09-10-2014, 09:34 AM   #1
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Do chains eat nice sprockets?

Hey guys, after having changed my chain and sprockets to something not cheap im noticing that chain adjustments and alignments are much easier.

It made me wonder, because I had bought the chain/sprox last time on a cheap budget (and separately I might add) why my cheap chain caused me so much heart ache with not staying clean, not being easily cleaned and near the end of its life the binding of the links/rollers and the rusting and the lack of adjustability.

The chain was so bad that I'd have to turn the deflection adjusting nuts (on my sv650) many turns just to get the chain back into spec. my new chain only required 2-3 quarter turns to get it into an acceptable adjustment (and wasn't all that loose to begin with)

Up until the most previous of my sprox/chains I had never really put much thought into chain adjustments. In fact before having a socket big enough to loosen the rear wheel I had commonly only cleaned the chain once every few thousand miles. I drove the OEM chain and sprox for approx. 15-18k miles without adjusting the slack. This particular chain being cheap and what not failed the absolute worst, it was almost like an o-ring less chain. Thankfully now that I have the tools to adjust it properly its much less of an issue.

That being said, I've noticed the new rk chain is easy to clean, stays for the most part clean and stays in a modicum of adjustment that I can become agreeable with. A few posts ago of mine I complained about having to adjust once a week at 200mi like the MOM suggests but now im really only cleaning it every 200mi adjusting maybe 600-900mi

Do chains eat thru sprockets? I wish I would've got some pictures of the setup, the big sprocket was very peaky, small sprocket looked "reasonable" and the chain rusted tight and snapped
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:39 AM   #2
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chain stretch and go to fast. Once they go to they can take the sprocket with it quickly which compounds the issue. Dont cheap out on chains. People worry so much about losing a rear tire. . Lose a chain once and a flat rear tire will seem like a cake walk
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chain stretch and go to fast. Once they go to they can take the sprocket with it quickly which compounds the issue. Dont cheap out on chains. People worry so much about losing a rear tire. . Lose a chain once and a flat rear tire will seem like a cake walk
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chain stretch and go to fast. Once they go to they can take the sprocket with it quickly which compounds the issue. Dont cheap out on chains. People worry so much about losing a rear tire. . Lose a chain once and a flat rear tire will seem like a cake walk
If you're lucky it just loops through and gets thrown out on the road. It is also very likely it will whip things on its way through, possible tearing up or cracking parts, and possibly lock up. No bueno.
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wading up at the case and destroying the case and shaft leaving your rear covered in oil or wading up at the swing arm and locking up the rear tire
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wading up at the case and destroying the case and shaft leaving your rear covered in oil or wading up at the swing arm and locking up the rear tire
but you totally save $30 on the chain...
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but you totally save $30 on the chain...
Thats 30.00 in the pocket lol
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not sure but I'm gonna need a new set for my SV here in about 5k miles. Any suggestions on a good brand?
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EK chains and Sunstar or JT sprockets have always worked well for me.
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Thats 30.00 in the pocket lol

Half a days work for some people. It's hard to consider future savings when you're broke now. Unfortunately those are the people that cheap manufacturers make money off of.
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You need to be on a bus if thats half a days wages. You clearly cant afford the smallest mishap
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Thats 30.00 in the pocket lol
30.00 even in one dollar bills is not enough protection in your pocket when your cheeks go sliding across asphalt.
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not sure but I'm gonna need a new set for my SV here in about 5k miles. Any suggestions on a good brand?
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Depends really, how do you ride, how often do you do maintenance. I bought a chain and sprocket kit from rebel gears for my buggy.

Now mind you this is a 800 pound buggy powered by a GSXR 600 engine. I went with an EK chain, from them and have not had any issues.

The buggy spends alot of time in the dirt, and I am not scared of full throttle clutch dumps.
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Depends really, how do you ride, how often do you do maintenance. I bought a chain and sprocket kit from rebel gears for my buggy.

Now mind you this is a 800 pound buggy powered by a GSXR 600 engine. I went with an EK chain, from them and have not had any issues.

The buggy spends alot of time in the dirt, and I am not scared of full throttle clutch dumps.
My bike rarely sees WOT. 95% is commuting/running errands.
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Depends really, how do you ride, how often do you do maintenance. I bought a chain and sprocket kit from rebel gears for my buggy.

Now mind you this is a 800 pound buggy powered by a GSXR 600 engine. I went with an EK chain, from them and have not had any issues.

The buggy spends alot of time in the dirt, and I am not scared of full throttle clutch dumps.
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There are some things you can get by with purchasing cheap, but most things shouldn't be. always buy quality when it comes to chains/sprockets, tires, bearings, seals etc. With that said, it's been about 1000 miles since I cleaned/lubed my chain. *heading to my garage*
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Don't cheap out. When that stuff goes bad change out everything. And keep the maintenance up. I also like to buy a continuous chain. I don't do master links. A bit more of a pain to change, but I have piece of mind knowing that it's solid and I don't have to always be thinking of it in the back of my mind.
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