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Old 09-17-2015, 06:50 PM   #1
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Chain question

I was wondering what the difference is between o-ring chain and x-ring chains. And why does everyone swap to 520?
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:00 PM   #2
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An o-ring chain uses an o-ring to hold the grease inside the pins. An x-ring chain uses an x shaped o-ring to hold the grease in. X-ring is the best option as it has 2 surfaces instead of the one that a round o-ring provides. The x-ring usually lasts longer but that all depends on how well you maintain it.

Most people move down to a 520 to cut weight and rolling friction of the 525 chain. There might be some other reasons, but that's the main one that I can think of right now.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:50 PM   #3
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520 is typically less expensive. Unfortunately it also typically wears much faster.
For a street bike you're better off staying with the size your bike came with, there's not real gain to be had by going to a 520 set up.
Like 40 Acres said, the x and o refer to the ring that seals the roller on the chain. X-ring will typically last longer, and is not much more expensive than o-ring.
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:54 PM   #4
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I run a DID 520 on my 1K. Lasted 2 years before I swapped it for another DID 520. www.sprocketcenter.com . You put your make and model in and you can get the whole kit with sprockets.
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Old 10-09-2015, 07:28 AM   #5
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Update::
So I ordered a JT gold chain and JT stock sprocket set up. They had good reviews and decent prices. I'm just waiting on my chain tool to come in.
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Old 10-12-2015, 11:23 AM   #6
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Ok. So new question. How the do you get the nut off the front sprocket?????? That thing is tighter than a frogs p***y.... I unbent the tab washer. I've got the sockets and wrench for it. It's just tight.
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Old 10-12-2015, 11:49 AM   #7
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Old 10-12-2015, 12:37 PM   #8
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get/use beefier impact wrench?

When I last changed the one on my 650, I ended up going to a nearby auto shop to have their impact wrench break mine free and tightened it back for the ride home. Next time, I will have a more powerful one than my cheapo Campbell Hausfeld. 250ft-lbs is not enough.
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They are notoriously over torqued from the factory. Google has plenty of remedies, the interwebs are your friend.
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impact gets it right off
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I use a snap on lithium ion battery impact. Works everytime
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I use a snap on lithium ion battery impact. Works everytime
I used my Ryobi 18v impact last night...
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I used my Ryobi 18v impact last night...

I just noticed the 'discreet' yellow/green of Ryobi lmao
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