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post #1 of 35 Old 12-26-2017, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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DID Chain and Chain Tool Question

Hi Boys and Gals,
Looking to replace my chain and likely sprockets. I have read through many chain threads and still have a couple of questions I hope you can answer.

My understanding is the OEM chain is a DID 525V(8) 116 link chain part number 27600-32C10-116. Will likely get the OEM front open sprocket but also open to suggestions

What is the DID, the chain manufacture or a style of chain?

Also Any recommendations on a chain toll are appreciated!

Little history: I have 2006 DL650 with about 13000 miles on it. I am the second owner, bought it with about 9000 miles on it. I have been using Maximum wax based chain lube and apply it every 200-300 miles. I have also had to adjust the chain about five times. I just measured it and its out of spec, so replacement is in order. Sure not the milage most owners get out of their chain.
Previous owner was older so i don't think he road it hard, but i also don't know anything about his maintenance practices.

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post #2 of 35 Old 12-26-2017, 02:33 PM
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DID is a brand, not a style. Google it.

https://www.drivesystemsusa.com/perf...SAAEgJS2PD_BwE

https://sprocketcenter.com/d-i-d-cha...SABEgKBgvD_BwE

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You can get a DID chain from many places. That part number is the Suzuki part. Do not buy a chain from Suzuki. Shop for a new DID 525 size chain or one from RK or EK online. You can get a clone of the DID chain tool from https://www.mikesxs.net/yamaha-xs650...ivet-tool.html but you'll need to find DID chain tool instructions online to use it properly.

Many places will sell a 120 link chain that you can cut down to 116 links with the chain tool. You can lay the new chain next to the old one to make sure you have the length right.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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If you live near a Cycle Gear store you can almost always pick up their Chain tool kit for $40. I've used it a couple of times without any issue. I do, however, grind down the head of the rivet before pressing it out of the old chain. Common issue that can lead to breaking the pin in any of the tools.
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You can get a DID chain from many places. That part number is the Suzuki part. Do not buy a chain from Suzuki. Shop for a new DID 525 size chain or one from RK or EK online. You can get a clone of the DID chain tool from https://www.mikesxs.net/yamaha-xs650...ivet-tool.html but you'll need to find DID chain tool instructions online to use it properly.

Many places will sell a 120 link chain that you can cut down to 116 links with the chain tool. You can lay the new chain next to the old one to make sure you have the length right.
Not sure I agree with your statement not to buy from SZ. If you get the chain set (containing chain, master link, OEM front and rear sprockets) for about $150 - 160 I think this is hard to beat and there is no worry that you get sub par parts.

Example: https://www.stromtrooper.com/4815282-post6.html
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If you live near a Cycle Gear store you can almost always pick up their Chain tool kit for $40. I've used it a couple of times without any issue. I do, however, grind down the head of the rivet before pressing it out of the old chain. Common issue that can lead to breaking the pin in any of the tools.
Hello all! I have 2 of the D.I.D.Chain tool sets, they do the job with relative ease. Unless I am reusing the chain--like in replacing a swingarm-- I never press out a pin any more. I merely use a pnuematic cutoff wheel and slice through the chain between 2 rollers and 30 seconds later, the chain is off the bike. D.I.D. released an upgraded(much harder than the original) push pin for the tool, it has a groove machined into its head to differentiate the upgraded push pin from the old. YES--if pushing out a pin be sure to grind the head off flush with the side plate before pushing.
Be aware--the D.I.D.Tool--KM500E or R-- is designed to pein over hollow-end pins, not solid-end pins.
D.I.D. calls their pins "ZJ" pins. Ive used the D.I.D. KM500 on their chains I only use D.I.D. chains on my bikes), as well as EK and RK that were brought to me by others. I dont recall using this tool on Tsubaki or Regina chains.
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Partzilla charges $95.29 for the Suzuki chain. That isn't as bad as I thought it would be. It's a mid level O-Ring chain though. Amazon sells the higher quality DID 525VX-120 X-Ring Chain with Connecting Link for a little less. https://www.amazon.com/525VX-120-X-R.../dp/B006O85YPI
I do like the stock sprockets though.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Amazon sells the higher quality DID 525VX-120 X-Ring Chain with Connecting Link for a little less. https://www.amazon.com/525VX-120-X-R.../dp/B006O85YPI
I do like the stock sprockets though.
I installed that exact chain on my bike a few thousand miles ago. It feels like a much better quality chain than stock in the hand and has proven to be a quality product.
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thanks,
DID and OEM seemed to go hand in hand in many of the chain threads. Lots of folks were claiming to go well beyond 17000 miles on the original chain, and that far exceeds what I am experiencing.

So still not clear if the OEM chains were DID or not.
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Not sure I agree with your statement not to buy from SZ. If you get the chain set (containing chain, master link, OEM front and rear sprockets) for about $150 - 160 I think this is hard to beat and there is no worry that you get sub par parts.

Example: https://www.stromtrooper.com/4815282-post6.html
Thanks for the links. (Ha, how appropriate!)
Didn't quite find it for $150 but I did, ( there wee go again!), find Suzuki OEM sprockets and chain for under $165. I may look into upgrading the chain to a x-ring.
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