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post #1 of 60 Old 11-04-2018, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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GREETINGS -- Suzuki OEM Drive Chain Kit DL650/A Vstrom 12 27000-20830, available widely for about $180 will fit 2012 -2016 dl650.

QUESTION: what particular brand chain comes with this kit. Onieda Suzuki just got back to me and said the chain was the same as factory specs. the factory spec is rk 525 sm0z8 which retails for $202.67. Many claim the factory equipment is very good. I think I will go with this kit. in the past Suzuki used a DID chain!?

QUESTION: can I use the an EK screw type master link on the OEM chain? It would be less trouble to install, and then remove next time the chain is replaced.

FINALLY: an $13 chain alignment tools is affordable, but I can only use it by removing the chain guard & wheel hugger. Maybe I should use a givi wheel hugger by itself and sell the chain guard. looks more cool w/o a chain guard. Comments?
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Suzuki has used both brands for OE, either one is a very good chain. I'm not personally familiar with the screw type master link, and would recommend the rivet.
The alignment tool is unnecessary. Just measure from swing arm pivot to rear axle and get each side equal. Afterwards, you can note the marks on the adjuster plates to see if they are even, (or take note of how far off they are), and use that for future reference if you want.
You didn't mention sprockets, but it is highly recommended to replace both sprockets at the same time as the chain.

Denniskirk.com has chain and sprocket kit, includes rivet master link, both RK and DID brand. Stock sprocket sizes, 118 link chain, no cutting required. I like these for being a matched set in one package, no guesswork. I once ordered chain and sprockets separately and got mis matched sizes.

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I'm curious to know what the reasoning/motivation is to go with the OEM kit vs a kit with DID chain and JT sprockets for about $100 less.
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Thanks for your responses. Why OEM chain & sprocket kit? Because it is a known product and considered a good choice. There are too many choices out there for a newby like me. i did not find any $100 kits, with taxes and shipping included. I did go with a 46T rear sprocket vs. 47T because I dont need to keep the revs lower on the hwy. I prefer 2ndary roads and off road as much as possible.
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The thing is, you're proposing cutting a continuous chain and installing a screw type master link from a completely different manufacturer. That right there is not a known product. I'd argue that you'd be creating a very suspect product.

Regarding the sprocket sizes, the 46 tooth rear will give you slightly taller gearing, which will give you slightly lower revs that you say you don't need.
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I think we talked about this before.
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You want cheap, I got cheap.

https://www.d2moto.com/collections/S...trom-650-parts

I've been using these chains and they are pretty good for the price.

I use JT front rubberized sprockets too.

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for me i would not skimp on a chain
the risks are just way to much for bike and rider
as for using a master link on another manufacturers chain, dont do it
i just picked up a oem kit for i think $165 maybe more maybe less i have to check my receipt
that being said i have run all did chains before this
always steel sprockets
just my .02
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If you want to use an EK screw master, get an EK chain. Don't mix and match brands of chain and master link.
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Also take a look at the Sprocketcenter.com

525 Chain Kit - JT Sprockets Steel Sprocket Set with Your Choice of X'ring Chain - SUZUKI DL 650 V-strom '07-18 - DL 650 V-Strom 2007-2018 (all models) - Suzuki - STREET

They carry several different brand names of chain and sprockets including the EK:

EK Chain 525 MVXZ-2 Quadra-X Ring Chain - (choose color /choose length) - CHAINS

I only buy from them ever since I bought a cheaper chain off Amazon a few years ago and it failed in under 5K miles. From now on it's oem or better chain and sprockets for me. Also, I have the tools to press on the master links, but next time I am going to try the EK and the EK screw master link.
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