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Old 06-05-2008, 12:47 PM   #1
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Getting a new chain for my bike- Opinions

Which do you recommend.......its for an 05 gsxr.... which is a good brand , let me know.....thanks
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I am happy with my RK Racing chain. nearly 10k miles since I put it on and it's still going strong. Just keep it cleaned and lubed.
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Make sure you get an o-ring or x-ring chain.
it's okay if it says "racing" but don't get a non-o-ring 'racing' chain. It will not last you three weeks.
DID and RK are very popular brands.
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Make sure you get an o-ring or x-ring chain.
it's okay if it says "racing" but don't get a non-o-ring 'racing' chain. It will not last you three weeks.
DID and RK are very popular brands.
See this man knows his stuff
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How many miles on your bike?
The general rule is to change the sprockets and chain at the same time.
Why do you feel you need to change the chain?
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Old 06-05-2008, 12:58 PM   #7
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i have 27,000 miles on my bike.....i dropped my rear tire as far back as it will go.....the chain is still to lose for my comfort...... i just bought along with the sprockets about 6 months ago
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im also going on my 3rd set of tires in less than a year
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An O-Ring chain:
FZ1oringchn

A little more info:
Many o-ring chain manufacturers used to claim that they never needed lubrication. This just isn't true. While the o-rings seal the pin/bushing junction, they do nothing for outside of the chain rollers. Internally the pins and rollers have grease between them, but externally the roller and the cog teeth need lubricant on their surfaces. O-ring chain rollers still require regular lubrication for this reason, and to ward off corrosion as well.
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So you have almost new sprockets, correct?
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ill be back on here later, gotta get back to work....... thanks
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I have always had the best luck with EK ZVX or ZZZ chains. I have ran many on the turbo bike but these two always last the longest under uh.....severe...conditions....LOL Tsubaki Sigma is also pretty good but I would prefer EK. Usually www.streetntrackimport.com has good prices on em. Charles is the owner. Usually around $160 for a 120 link.
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Here ya go:

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112 links should be close to the stock amount of links. $145+10 shipping....not bad.. Not sure if yours is a 530/525/520 so you will need to know that first. Rivet masterlinks on those.
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i have 27,000 miles on my bike.....i dropped my rear tire as far back as it will go.....the chain is still to lose for my comfort...... i just bought along with the sprockets about 6 months ago
if you have a new chain on your bike and the rear tire is backed out almost all the way......you have too many links on your chain.

chain's will stretch, so when installing your chain, you gotta add that in the equation and make sure you have room for the stretch.

if you had 27k miles on your bike on the original chain.....then all i can say is WOW. my choice would be RK chain.
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if you have a new chain on your bike and the rear tire is backed out almost all the way......you have too many links on your chain
chain's will stretch, so when installing your chain, you gotta add that in the equation and make sure you have room for the stretch.

if you had 27k miles on your bike on the original chain.....then all i can say is WOW. my choice would be RK chain..

Good call.....

I didn't read his current chain is only 6 months old. He prolly needs to pull out 2 links or so. He needs to find out how many links his bike came with stock, then count the links and see what he's got. If he went down a tooth on the front, its pulling the axle back too much for the stock amount of links.
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I can break the extra links out and re-rivet it if you want. I'm in pearland.
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I can break the extra links out and re-rivet it if you want. I'm in pearland.
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The VM2 DID x ring is a way higher quality chain than any RK. The links are twice as thick. And make sure you get the right link count. You need a 120 link 525 unless you convert to a 520 but your sprockets have to be for a 520 chain as well.
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The VM2 DID x ring is a way higher quality chain than any RK. The links are twice as thick. And make sure you get the right link count. You need a 120 link 525 unless you convert to a 520 but your sprockets have to be for a 520 chain as well.

I agree, RK chains suck....they stretch like rubber bands.
The strongest DID chain is 10,370lbs tensile strength. The EK ZZZ is 11,100lbs. Not that it matters THAT much on a stock 1000 but... EK ZZZ is still the strongest x-ring chain out there.
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DID, EK, RK, Regina, Tsubaki, etc.

They're all good brands as long as you get the correct model / tensile strength for your bike and regularly maintain it.

You say you just put a new set on 6 months ago, did you stay with the 525 or did you convert to 520?

How diligent have you been about cleaning and lubing the chain?

How many miles roughly are on the new set up?

If it's a bunch and the chain is worn I would not recommend cutting out a couple of links.
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