Drive Chain life

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Drive Chain life

Postby jamminbmx » Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:59 pm

Hi guys!

A mate of mine has a KTM 690 and we were out riding and teeth starting falling off his drive sprocket. He's now down to 2 of 16 teeth!

He has done around 20k miles on the chain and sprockets. I have done about the same on my DR BIG chain / sprockets and have no noticeable wear. I lube the chain every ride as suggested by Big Bob and tension it about every 1k I think.

Made me think - how often do you guys replace your chains?

Cheers!

Ben :crazy:
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Re: Drive Chain life

Postby nug » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:58 am

Depends what chain you use and how you maintain it really. I have always used Tsubaki chains and have not had to replace one in the time I have owned a bike so I would say 10000 miles should be easily reached. I have only had to adjust my current chain once and that was at around 1000 miles. It now has about 7500 miles on it. I do use a cheap loobman oiler with engine oil in it.
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Re: Drive Chain life

Postby jamminbmx » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:03 am

Cheers Nug. I have a DID X-Ring. It was expensive but I am crap at making links up so I got an endless chain. This requires removing the swing arm to fit so wanted the best one I could find! :lolno:
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Re: Drive Chain life

Postby BigBob » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:07 am

I`ve had chains last over 50k and still had adjustment in them when disposed of. Mind you, I am obsessed with lubing them frequently ie every ride.
The weakest link (literally) is the rivet link, which is invariably banged on so tight that no lube can get into the pin and it gets rusty and breaks, often taking the engine case with it when it goes. I`ve heard far too many cases of this happening for me to want to use a rivet link, so I changed to a clip link years ago and have never had a problem since.
Using an endless chain is a good way to go, though removing the s/arm can be a bit of a pain.
I can recommend Wurth dry chain lube very highly, though it is expensive. S DOC 100 lube is also excellent though harder to find.
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Re: Drive Chain life

Postby GrahamW » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:40 pm

I suppose the chains are too big and heavy to use one of the links with the little clip.
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