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Old 05-12-2010, 09:17 PM   #1
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Chain & sprocket compatibility?

Will a 530 chain work with a 520 rear sprocket or vis versa?
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The numbers refer to the tolerances and dimensions of the chains, not interchangeable:

The first digit (4, 5 or 6) denotes a chain’s pitch – the center-to-center distance between chain pins. Originally these numbers specified pitch in eighths of an inch (i.e. a 400-series chain had a pitch of 4/8, or 1/2 inch), but now metric dimensions are used. A 400-series chain has a pitch of 12.7mm. A 500-series chain has a pitch of 15.875mm. A 600-series chain has a pitch of 19.05mm.

The second and third digits indicate the chain’s width, measured between the inboard surfaces of the inner sideplates. An EK chain ending in ‘20’ measures 6.35mm between the plates. If the number ends in ‘25’ or ‘28’, the dimension is 7.94mm. If the number ends in ‘30’ or ‘32’, the width is 9.53mm.
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Will a 530 chain work with a 520 rear sprocket or vis versa?
No, don't do it
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from what i've read online, no. better just to get corresponding parts...just in case
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