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    Question Replacing chain and sprockets; go cheap or go Honda?

    Hi all,

    I've a mechanically minded friend who services cars and bikes and is happy to help me with my chain and sprockets, which are reaching the end of their life. If I source the hardware, he'll fit it - but the question is which is a good bet to buy?

    I could spend more for the Honda parts, or go cheap with something off of eBay (ooo, shiny gold chain!)

    Is something like a £60 chain and sprockets from eBay a false economy - and I'll be replacing them again in a few thousand miles? Any recommendations of a good brand to look for?

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    Going cheap on chains means going with the Honda parts. Honda chose a mid quality version of chain for the NC from various suppliers. Those same suppliers to Honda along with other suppliers sell better grade chains than what Honda chose. You can buy a better aftermarket chain for probably less than the OEM part. DID VX2 chains have been popular amongst owners on this forum. Whether they’re gold or black makes no difference.

    The OEM Honda sprockets are fine and probably reasonably priced.

    In other aftermarket news, JT sprockets are OK but JT chains are reportedly very short lived.
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    +1 on VX2

    go steel sprockets for sure, brand isn't as important there

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    Thanks guys; really appreciate the advice. Here's what I reckon I'll be ordering tomorrow then :-)

    Honda NC700 X/S 2012 & 2013 Models DID X-Ring Chain & JT Sprockets Kit Set

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    Dont go cheap.

    you'll pay in the end, especially on the sprockets. I went with a more heavy duty chain and it was the best decision - the "cheap" one lasted half as long as the OEM.
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    I went with this chain last, and it's still on with very little adjusting needed so far. It has about 10k on it. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006O85ULQ
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    It’s worth pointing out here, for anyone that isn’t aware, that the NC700X DCT chain is 112 links while the manual trans chain is 114 links.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deckyon View Post
    I went with this chain last, and it's still on with very little adjusting needed so far. It has about 10k on it. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006O85ULQ
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    Quote Originally Posted by 670cc View Post
    Going cheap on chains means going with the Honda parts. Honda chose a mid quality version of chain for the NC from various suppliers. Those same suppliers to Honda along with other suppliers sell better grade chains than what Honda chose. You can buy a better aftermarket chain for probably less than the OEM part. DID VX2 chains have been popular amongst owners on this forum.

    The OEM Honda sprockets are fine and probably reasonably priced.

    In other aftermarket news, JT sprockets are OK but JT chains are reportedly very short lived.
    I got my OEM sprockets off RockyMountainATV&MC for about the same price as sprocketcenter sells JT sprockets for.
    Quote Originally Posted by 670cc View Post
    Whether they’re gold or black makes no difference.
    Woah, I strongly disagree here. I had a chain with gold outer plates for my last chain, the current one is 'natural'. The gold one complemented the Honda Red paint and that made it 5% faster

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    I question whether that ebay chain is real. I've seen forum posts by people who got knockoff chains that didn't last. The price seems too good to be true.

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