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Old 03-31-2008, 09:55 PM   #1
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520 chain conversion

Geared towards Patrick, but open for all comments.

I want to work to get my wheels that I purchased put onto the bike. The wheels came with a Driven 520 rear sprocket (+1). I am aware of the wear of the aluminum sprockets vs. the steel and also the limited reasons to go with a 520 chain. However, I would like to go ahead and give it a try and do what I can to have some quality parts and chain while doing so.

5,000 miles for me is over a years worth of street riding and if I get near that with the full life of a 520 chain and sprockets doing track days and/or street I will assume the expense as I feel it's minimal compared to oil changes and other up-keep.

I have heard all sorts of things considering chains and have got down to the DID ERV3 520 and the ek chains. Seeing as the ek is much cheaper even for there higher grade chain is the difference in strength and wear that much different?

I am leaning towards -1 front +1 rear with driven sprockets and the DID ERV3 chain, but I don't have my mind made up and I am open to hear what others have to say that is a bit more involved and detailed than "just stay with the 530"


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Old 03-31-2008, 09:57 PM   #2
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depends how u wanna ride. 520 is a lot lighter. but to stunt get the 530. its stronger
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:59 PM   #3
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No stunting for me. I am not even a wheelie guy. Just normal street riding mostly, but should be doing 75% of my riding this year doing trackdays. At least 1, maybe 2, days a month is the plan.
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stick with the 525
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I am looking for more feedback than that though. Something with some fact or some sort of substance to it. I can read and state opinions all day long based on what I have read, but getting something that is backed up with pro & cons is hard to find it appears.
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if im not mistaken the 520 chains and sprockets are suited better for 750's and smaller. personally i would stick with the 530 on your 1k because of the riding youll be doing. what i gathered is that you dont do much street and plan to do a lot of track. 1k's put down a lot of power and riding track is quite abusive on the chain and bike in general but if you dont mind destroying chains then i guess put the 520 on. not sure if this is of any REAL use to you but i tried and its my .02
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The newer 520 chains are plenty strong enough to handle your RR. The main thing to focus on here is maintenance. Clean and lube your chain regularly. You will find the 520 to last plenty long. I have around 4k miles on mine right now and have yet to notice wear marks (DID ERV3 with Driven sprockets).
I would advise to stay away from Vortex sprockets.
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The newer 520 chains are plenty strong enough to handle your RR. The main thing to focus on here is maintenance. Clean and lube your chain regularly. You will find the 520 to last plenty long. I have around 4k miles on mine right now and have yet to notice wear marks (DID ERV3 with Driven sprockets).
I would advise to stay away from Vortex sprockets.

sucks, after about a week of my vortex 520 kit i started hearing alot of bad reviews of vortex.... oh well ill just upgrade later.
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The newer 520 chains are plenty strong enough to handle your RR. The main thing to focus on here is maintenance. Clean and lube your chain regularly. You will find the 520 to last plenty long. I have around 4k miles on mine right now and have yet to notice wear marks (DID ERV3 with Driven sprockets).
I would advise to stay away from Vortex sprockets.
that's good mileage....

but you also gotta remember, he plans to use his bike as mainly track duty.....

you'll be needing at least 1 chain a year.....on the track, my bike is always high in the rpms. and the throttle is always hammered when applied. even on my 600rr....i replace the chain once a year, and change sprockets when necessary.

you can get the 520, it's a slight difference (maybe not noticeable til you gain more experience), but seeing that you are still new to the track, your not gonna get the best bang for your buck.

pro's - helps the wheel spin slightly faster
con's - wear and tear

here's my theory, if it makes you feel faster.....by all means, get it. confidence on the track means more than anything else. you can have all the skill, but if you have no confidence in you or your bike....those skills go to waste.
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The positive effects don't outweigh the negative points.

The aluminum 520's will wear much faster. The chain is not that big of a deal, the difference in strength between 525 and 520 is non-existent.

If this is a daily driver, there is no good reason to get the 520 unless you just like to replace your sprocket on a regular basis. Aluminum vs steel would be about 3 or 4:1 in most cases.

The amount of "unsprung weight" between your 525 steel and a 520 aluminum is ounces, and you VERY LIKELY will not even notice the difference.
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