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Thread: Chain life

  1. #61
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    Quote Originally Posted by rippin209 View Post
    I've had both happen on my NC, the links would get stuff spots (multiple places and stiff enough that you could hear and kind of feel it when riding) the other is when it stretches beyond what you can adjust on the swing arm, it got so lose that it actually fell off (my commute to work is 60 miles, 58 of that being freeway and it fell off on a two lane road a block from my place of work) luckily if it's lose enough to come off it'll go back on Chain life

    I rode home driving like grandpa and parked it until I replaced the chain

    This is the first motorcycle I've owned and the first I've worked on, so I've made some rookie mistakes, live and learn
    Lol awesome! I know what to look for now!

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    Another reason to replace it is if it gets inconsistent: if slack changes dramatically as you spin the rear wheel, it's overdue for replacement.
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    Buying new chain/sprockets. Is the DID xring chain really better than the JT brand? $20+ difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimbosToys View Post
    Buying new chain/sprockets. Is the DID xring chain really better than the JT brand? $20+ difference.
    Who knows, probably not much of a difference. I asked the guy at sprocket center the difference between the DID VX3 and the RK XSO and all he could tell me was that the DID was far more popular. So I ordered the DID VX3 in gold finish with the Superlite rear black sprocket and Superlite front sprocket from them, $154 shipped. Not bad at all.

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    Thanks Tacoma! My take is chain maintenance/alignment is the bigger variable, but it seems some of our fellow riders think the 'JT chains are not as good'. Still cogitating...

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    I ordered the JT chain & sprocket combo a couple or few years ago for my NCX. THE JT CHAIN WAS TOTAL GARBAGE. I not only do not recommend it, I actively recommend _against_ it. It’s no good, and the $20 savings isn’t worth the severely shorter lifespan.

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    Now that is pretty damning! Thanks

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    For the record, Paulplex bought a DID chain, VX2 if I recall correctly, and with only something like 5k miles on it, the o rings were splitting and coming out of the chain. Crazy things can happen to any of the budget chains I guess.

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    The DID site, D.I.D Motorcycle Chains and DirtStar(R) Rims, does not list VX3 chain that I can find. Discontinued due to problems?
    This site indicates it as the upgraded chain to replace VX2. D.I.D - 520 VX3 Chain: BTO SPORTS
    But then the spec chart shows them to be identical in all ways; not much of an upgrade.
    DID VX2 is not a budget chain.

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    I just ordered and recently received a new DID VX3 chain and had it installed for my Yellowstone ride. It adjusted quickly and worked great so far with 2k miles on it. We'll see what kind of mileage i can get out of it. I got about 17k out of the original chain... so time will tell. :{)
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