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Offline thefip

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Chain kit lifespan
« on: October 29, 2017, 05:05:12 AM »
Dear all,
what is your average chain kit lifespan?

Thanks for sharing your experience.

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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2017, 07:29:18 AM »
It depends on a number of things really. If you clean and lubricate the chain regularly and not go off road, it will last easily for 12,000 miles (about 18,000 kms) - even more if ridden gently. However, if you neglect the chain maintenance, it will wear out a lot earlier than 12k miles. It is really up to each owner how they treat and ride the bike as far as chain life goes. When the chain does wear out, it makes sense to uprate to a higher spec than the OE chain ( I use DID chains)but you can use original OE sprockets.

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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2017, 12:27:00 PM »
My first chain lasted 15.000 km , but i only oiled it twice, and cleaned it once.  :008:

Now , im oiling every 500km, and cleaning every 1000.

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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2017, 03:40:02 PM »
There have been a lot of comments about the quality of the OEM chain.  Mine had two stiff links as delivered new.  At 15K miles I decided to test the Delboy's Garage thesis that changing the drive sprocket early would extend chain life.  Medical problems kept me off of the bike much of the summer, but I have added another thousand miles to the chain.  It is still tight on the rear sprocket, so wear appears to be minimal.  I lube frequently with ATF.
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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2017, 03:47:33 PM »
Scottoiler and regular cleaning:

OEM chain so far on 34,700 miles and still in the green on the wear marks.

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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2017, 09:06:53 AM »
I had to change it at 20,000 km not because of wear but because of stiff links. The OEM chain was really cheap and regular lubrication didn't help to prolonge its life, even in absence of any off road use.

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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2017, 04:03:30 AM »
28 kmiles on OEM chain. Spray with Lucas daily after 55 mile commute. Rarely clean anymore. That might just drive grit into gaps that tend to stay grit free by normal lapping action when running. Maybe 1 or 2 mm adjustment so far. Watching one stiff link, but seems to be ok.

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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2018, 06:16:31 PM »
Here's the link to the Delboy's Garage video on chain life and front sprocket replacement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxD3qdD7LhE
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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2018, 07:24:44 PM »
Delboy's changed his position on front sprocket replacement. He now advises that changing the front sprocket mid-chain life is not necessary as front sprockets are made of tougher material than they used to be.
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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2018, 03:54:48 AM »
Interesting.

Here is picture take of the 500X's drive sprocket at nearly 15K miles.  Note that some hooking is starting to develop in the drive sprocket.

I replaced the drive sprocket to see how much mileage I could get out of the OEM chain.  Still testing that.
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