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    Z-ring, X-ring, or O-ring chain?

    I need to replace the stock chain (16k on it) and I am not sure which new chain to go with. Any suggestions?

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    Re: Z-ring, X-ring, or O-ring chain?

    Try searching this first.

    https://www.cbrxx.com/suspension-tire...in-choice.html

    There are a lot of good recommendations for chain choice, sprockets (ratios) and how to DIY.

    The DIY isn't too bad if you have a little patience, a little mechanical knowledge and the time.

    For me, I did the ZVM2 from white buffalo racing and I fun 18/45 because the amount of highway mileage I put on.

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    Re: Z-ring, X-ring, or O-ring chain?

    Here's the install guide if it wasn't linked in the other thread.

    The only special tool you need is a chain breaker. They're widely available. I use the motion pro . . . or is it pro motion. Whatever. Just make sure you get the right size for your chain.

    https://www.cbrxx.com/honda-cbr-xx-re...blackbird.html

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    Re: Z-ring, X-ring, or O-ring chain?

    Don't waste your money on an X Ring chain. I got 27000 miles out of the stock O ring chain and decided to try an X Ring gold link to see if would last longer. 25000 on it now and I have maintained it religiously, unlike the stock chain which I cleaned about 6 times.

    I am going back to a $100.00 O ring replacement or OEM discounted chain, the plates are beefier anyway.

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    Re: Z-ring, X-ring, or O-ring chain?

    i have my W-ring chain for about 30.000km now. no signs of of too much abrasion by now.
    i have a closed one, so i had to remove the swingarm (included the fabrication of a tool for the swingarm screw nut)

    info: The Complete Guide to Chain
    my chain is a xw-ring by RK for about €130,-
    since i´m a good customer i get the chain wheels for free
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    Re: Z-ring, X-ring, or O-ring chain?

    I have often found the stock chains to last the longest both with my street and dirt toys. The biggest thing with a chain is tensile strength and maintenance. You've got to keep them greased and adjusted. You can see how you're doing with the heel and toe pattern on the sprocket. It also has a lot to do with how the rider uses the bike. If you are constantly demanding on the bike then don't expect to get much more than 20-25,000 out of a chain and sprocket set regardless of who the vendor was.

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    Re: Z-ring, X-ring, or O-ring chain?

    Like anything, maintenance is key. It's like changing the oil. It almost doesn't matter what you use as long as you do it religiously within appropriate distance limits (which I know are different for all of us).

    I was not at all mindful of maintenance on the first "powerful" bike I had. I will never forget the bizarre sensation I had while accelerating hard to merge on a highway. It was like the big twin was missing (mis-firing) violently. I pulled in the clutch and revved it a few times. Sounded good. Let the clutch out again. Same violent sound. I pulled over. That's when I noticed I had sheered several teeth off the rear sprocket. Combination of stretched/slack chain and worn teeth is not good, expecially without lube. Unfortunately, I had to limp home with missing teeth. That'll teach me.

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    Re: Z-ring, X-ring, or O-ring chain?

    Best thing for chain life that I've found is an automatic chain oiler. My first BB chain lasted ~30,00km, lubed every 600 - 1000km & cleaned regularly. Then I bought a Scotoiler. The next lasted 60,000km with occasional cleaning...

    My current BB has a Pro-oiler, chain has48,000km & still going strong.


 

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