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post #1 of 6 Old 04-01-2014, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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What new chain to get? was Probably Greywolf...

Help me guys. Time to replace the chain & sprockets. Tried finding the threads relating to which chain & sprocket manufacturers/online dealers with best prices etc but after 20 pages or so the eyes started crossing and the mind started wandering way way far away. Kindly point me in the right direction. Chain has a serious tight section (my bad) and even though the sprockets look good the old man always said you do 'em all at once. 15,000 miles and out...
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Popular wisdom says do the change as a set.. chain and sprockets. 15K miles is on the short side of life but improper care will result in that. How the power is applied will be a factor too.
I've paid about 200 bucks for a set at a local outlet. That's just the price of having fun.
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If there is a "the best," nobody knows what it is. There are several top quality chain makers...DID, RK, EK, Renthal, others. Most offer good, very good, and great quality chains, and all these will do the job. Sprockets seem to vary a lot in price, and my mechanic says that even the moderate priced ones work fine.

Make it easy. Shop at your favorite vendor. Make it real easy--shop at a stromtrooper friend...Blair at svracingparts.com

You'll need a chain tool to install the riveted master link. If you can find an experienced person in your town, buy them lunch in exchange for them using their tool to connect your chain. Or buy a good-enough quality one from Cycle Gear or other low cost outlet. Or a pro quality tool from Blair.

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Those DID 525 chains are expensive! Sunstar are the sprockets I use.

I found a BL O-ring chain on Amazon for $58 bucks (118 links) was thinking about trying it next time just to see how good it is.

Anyway, Amazon seems to have good deals.

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Yeah after I posted I found the page with Blairs'. I tensioned the chain too tight early on and the "stealer" finished the job when I took it in for the 14,500 mile ream job. I savvy the mechanicinal breaking and pressing etc. Maybe I bite the bullet and pay the local guys that do my tires. When you live on a boat it's hard to work in your non-existent garage. Thanks again.
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Those DID 525 chains are expensive! Sunstar are the sprockets I use.

I found a BL O-ring chain on Amazon for $58 bucks (118 links) was thinking about trying it next time just to see how good it is.

Anyway, Amazon seems to have good deals.
If not one of the major chain manufacturers, I will not but it. Same can be said for brake pads and rotors, for there is a difference.

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