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post #1 of 16 Old 07-27-2014, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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D.I.D. Chain & Sprocket Kits

I just purchased a 2006 DL650 and want to replace the chain and sprockets. How do the D.I.D. kits compare to other kits? D.I.D. claims that the x-ring chains last longer than other type of o-ring chains.

Also, do they use high quality sprockets?

I noticed that Amazon.com offers these kits for about $30 less than some of the bike-parts websites.
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DID has a good reputation. I have run them on and off road and can't say I've had a problem, but I'm super lazy when it comes to chain care so I don't get near the time/miles out of my chains as some do! I'll probably replace my DID O-ring with a DID X-ring when that time comes.

Someone else with more experience may have a different viewpoint, though.

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I have this here ready to install:

SUZUKI DL650 V-STROM '04/13 JT X-RING CHAIN AND SPROCKET KIT *OEM Premium

It's JT sprockets and I suspect a DID chain. I have had a DID x-ring chain on my DRZ for 3K miles and I like it.

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I like DID. They seem to be tough. If your sprockets are steel, you should be fine. I think I got mine from The Sprocket Center. I went with Superlite steel sprockets. Good so far.

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EK chains are just as good as DID at about 1/2 the cost. JT sprockets are good but, not as good as OEM sprockets.

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everybody's experience is different, riding style, personal weight cargo, road conditions etc.

my experience is that I wear my front sprocket long before I see any wear on the chain or rear sprocket

as someone already said, oem sprockets seem to last the longest, especially the front



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DID has endless chain for the vstroms.Check to see what the correct number of links is for your year and model. No cutting and riveting is the up side, but the swing arm pivot nut/bolt have to be removed. A special socket is required. However instructions for a home brew socket can be found online, this forum I believe.Not a big job making the tool.If you go the rivet rout a spare,or two, master link[s] maybe a good thing depending on how demanding your riveting standards and skills are.A proper tool should be used for flaring the rivets to the DID spec. Either way it is very doable for most people with care and patience.Cheers Doug
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Thanks for all the replies!

Thanks for the replies everyone; I appreciate the useful information.

Hfxoldvolks, why does the swingarm pivot nut/bolt have to be removed? Is that required in order to access the cover over the front sprocket? Thanks for the heads-up, I will try to get one of the special sockets.
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The swing arm pivot shaft only has to be removed to install an endless chain, which almost nobody does. Cut the old chain off, rivet the new chain on.

The OE chain is DID. Replacement DID VX or ZVX-M chains will do a great job, as will top chains from, EK, RK, Renthal, JT, and others. On a 1000, 530 width chain and sprockets gives longer life.

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Thanks for the replies everyone; I appreciate the useful information.

Hfxoldvolks, why does the swingarm pivot nut/bolt have to be removed? Is that required in order to access the cover over the front sprocket? Thanks for the heads-up, I will try to get one of the special sockets.
The swingarm would only need to be pulled for using and endless chain. Since there are no ends you can't "weave" it up through the frame around the countershaft sprocket. A normal chain with a master link you don't need to remove the swingarm. Some people don't like having master links on their chains so theyprefrer endless.

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