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    13000 miles OEM Chain, now kinks

    Hello.

    Felt like posting an update to the general masses. I have a 2012 NC700X DCT. I just rolled past 13,000 on the odo. I've had the original chain and sprockets since new.

    Noticed today when I got to work some of the links are no longer laying flat in a row. Kinks as I think they are called. They still move when pressed, and roll over the sprockets. But I believe this is a sign I'll need a new chain soon. could be why my MPG has gone down slightly, or the switch to winter fuel.

    I've read before that the OEM chain is pretty much junk compared to what is available aftermarket. I'll be going with an X ring chain from DID. Unless anyone else has an suggestions. Price does not mater.

    Still debating if I change the sprockets. They look new. I use DuPont Chain Saver every 500 miles.

    ***BUT*** I'll be taking the rims off this winter as I still have the OEM tires that are about 2/32nds away from the wear bars both front and back. And replacing with new tires. In other words. I'll have half the work done already maybe I should just change the sprockets too. And front brake pad replacement is badly needed (at the wear indicator now) Only a couple weeks left of riding season for me.

    Hoping my next tire goes 20,000 miles if these oems can go 14,000. I'll need a chain to last that long or longer.

    Cheers,

    Brian

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    Senior Member 13000 miles OEM Chain, now kinks dduelin's Avatar
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    Bite the bullet and buy new sprockets with the new chain. It's false economy to try and save them - the old sprockets will quickly wear the new chain. A new high quality chain and sprockets can go twice as long or longer than the OEM chain did.
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    Senior Member 13000 miles OEM Chain, now kinks Chestnut's Avatar
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    Yep, replace the sprockets.
    I got about the same mileage out of my x ring chain as the oem, but the bike did basically sit for a year, so I can't say which did it in.
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    Cycle Gear has a fairly cheap chain breaker. Never change the chain without changing the sprockets, unless you just like changing chains and sprockets on a regular bases.
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    Super Moderator 13000 miles OEM Chain, now kinks 670cc's Avatar
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    I got 17,500 miles out of the chain the dealer installed for the 2012 chain recall. It was the OEM type chain. It had tight links for the last 5000 miles or more, but they didn't hurt anything. I ran the chain until I hit the "replace" indicator on the swing arm. I replaced the chain 2 weeks ago. The sprockets looked fine so I left them. A number of forum members report that they do sprocket changes every other chain, so I'm good with that unless evidence proves otherwise.

    I used the Motion Pro PBR chain tool and it worked great.
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    I would also change both sprockets with a chain. Often the rear sprocket will look ok, and sometimes it is. However even though it is out of sight, folks tend to assume the front is ok also. If you place a new front sprocket alongside the used one you will see a marked difference. The wear rate on the front sprocket is much greater than the rear as it is much smaller. The teeth become hooked on an old sprocket and they will accordingly cause a higher wear rate on the rollers of a new chain.

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    I replaced my OEM chain at 10,000 miles. Did not replace the sprockets. Replaced with a DID chain. 2nd chain now has 20,000 miles and is doing fine. I also have a Tutoro oiler that keeps is lubed.

    May have been better to replace sprockets, but the old sprockets were apparently not worn enough to trash the new chain.
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    Senior Member 13000 miles OEM Chain, now kinks itlives's Avatar
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    My first chain was crap in no time. Replaced with a DID X chain and kept the old sprockets. I have around 11,000 on the new chain and still the sprockets look fine.

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    Good chain and sprockets can go 30 to 40,000 miles.
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    I didn't bother with the sprockets, here is a picture of them after 33,000 miles. https://nc700-forum.com/forum/nc700-g...ighlight=chain Maybe the second chain would have lasted a lot longer. I will see this time if I can get better chain life.

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