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Anybody recommend some good brands for chains? I'm probably going to go with a 120 or 130 link drive chain.
 

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- theres a hell of a difference in length between 120 and 130 links..do you mean 520..5/8 x 1/4 or 530..5/8 x 3/16 type chains
 

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No...I meant 120 or a 130 link chain, I know there is a significant difference in length, I just haven't actually measured the length of what I am going to need yet. I'm thinking it will probably be 120 due to the 4" stretch in the hardtail but like I said, haven't gotten to the measuring yet.
The purpose of the post was to see if there were any brands in particular to stay away from.
 
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- ah-so...a 4in extension will need 8in more chain @ 5/8 per link...64/8/5/8...13 extra links depending on whether you change your sprocket sizes too
 

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And stock they are 104 links correct??? So 4 inches of extension means you'll only need the 120? I'm pretty sure I bought a 130 for my +4" swingarm, and after it was all said and done, I could have used a 120 (I think.... was a few years ago).
 

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- yep...stock
98 with 17-34...XS1-TX650​
104 with 17-33 and 17-34....TX650A on​

- ultimately it will depend whether youve changed from these or not
 

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So when you "cut" the links are you actually cutting the plates or are just driving out the pins?

Next question: What do people prefer, riveting the master link or a clip for the master link?
 

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- better to press the pins out...pays to grind them flat first-dont have to but it helps make your chain breaker last longer

- definitely riveting
 

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Yep, grind first then push the pin out the other side with a hammer and drift if you don't have a chain breaker. You don't actually need to cut the plates.
 

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Not trying to hijack this thread but as I am looking at swapping sprockets and a new chain I am wondering about chain costs. On mikesxs site I see he has the Izumi High Tensile Heavy Duty chain (non o ring type) for about half the cost of the o ring type.Would a guy get twice the wear or what is the ultimate benefits? Just got done reading this.
http://www.quality-cycle.com/truth_about_motorcycle_chains.htm
 
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chains and cheap shouldn't be used in the same sentence. i wish i still had the picture of my buddies "china" chain sitting inside his cbr600 motor (broke and blew a hole into his case at 70mph). Not saying you need to buy a o'ring, but just dont skimp on chains.
 

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I bought the DID heavy duty 530 chain listed in the article for this bobber project on e&ay for a third of what it costs elsewhere....I think itll be fine for the bit of skooting around town and to work.....just use pj1 and youll be fine..:)
 

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I pretty much just use Renthal or RK on any of my projects, wether it be motocross or road.
 

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Finally broke down and bought a DID Professional o-ring chain early last spring........... only adjusted it a 1/4 turn last year after a lot of miles..........

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