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post #1 of 31 Old 08-16-2018, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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New Chain & Sprockets Recommendation

After 4 years and 20K miles (every day driving the gravel/dirt road I lived on) it is time for a chain & sprockets. Any suggestions other than OEM?
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post #2 of 31 Old 08-16-2018, 09:51 AM
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I use D.I.D.chains available in the aftermarket--but with oem sprockets.
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post #3 of 31 Old 08-16-2018, 09:56 AM
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D.I.D chains with Suntour sprockets.

No issue so far.

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Frankly, I got such good performance from the OEM set (24K miles) that I went with the same. Suzuki part number 27000-31810 can be ordered from many dealers online (Google the part no.) for around $150 for both sprockets and OEM chain. That price is hard to beat with aftermarket parts. I ordered mine from Oneida Suzuki (current price 148.50), free shipping and no tax (outside NY).
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Wow, both sprockets and the chain for that price is pretty decent. Is the OEM chain just a roller chain without O-rings or something?
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That's the same chain that came on the motorcycle. It is at least O-ring, possibly X-ring. I changed it last year and don't remember, and it's hard to tell just by looking at it (I just did). I got the idea from someone on this forum. What's nice is the chain is the right length and the sprockets are correct with the rubber damping in the front sprocket. If you were to price the OEM parts separately it would probably be more than twice the price.
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I use the oem kit as it is a good deal.

My chains have lasted 40,000 to 50,000 miles and I'm aiming for 62,000 mile 100,000 km on the current set.

(Front sprocket gets replaced earlier.)

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When I replace my front sprocket I always go with the OEM sprocket for the rubber damper. Most (or all?) of the 3rd party front sprockets are all steel with no damper. Many claim that the rubber is for noise reduction but I've not noticed any difference in the noise when I ran damper-less front sprockets. I have to believe that on a budget bike like the DL that Suzuki would have been dropped it long ago if it was only for noise reduction. I think it is to isolate the transmission bearings or seals from resonance damage generated by the chain.
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Great deal on a stock kit but I want to drop a couple teeth off the rear so aftermarket here I come.

Check out ChainBoss.com, pretty good deals, fast free shipping,

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Great deal on a stock kit but I want to drop a couple teeth off the rear so aftermarket here I come.

Check out ChainBoss.com, pretty good deals, fast free shipping,

Mike

If it's an x-ring chain that oem kit price is unbeatable just for the chain itself. Even if you want to drop a couple teeth off the rear, it's probably still cheaper.

NorthBay94928 why do you want to drop a couple teeth? Is all of your riding on the interstates?
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