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chain replacement recomends
« on: 07/13/17 08:46AM »
hey folks,
I need to do a chain and sprockets replacement on my 2004 Kawasaki zx636
any brand recommendation and links to get the chain and sprockets kit

Also, I found the tool beaker chain on Walmart for $24 but not sure if it will do the job since it is too cheap

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Biltek-Motorcycle-Auto-ATV-Bike-Drive-Cam-Chain-Cutter-Breaker-Riveting-Riveter-Tool/140921319?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=363&adid=22222222227079762038&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=192849630850&wl4=pla-303459091430&wl5=9031575&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=111840070&wl11=online&wl12=140921319&wl13=&veh=sem
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Re: chain replacement recomends
« Reply #1 on: 07/13/17 11:34AM »
Local shop near me swears by sprockets from Drive Systems USA in HB:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Drive+Systems+USA/@33.7257818,-118.0320134,14z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x817b7a8bc740608!8m2!3d33.7429518!4d-118.0248624

They said you can get a chain/sprocket combo pack from them with your choice of chain brands.Any of the big name chains will be fine.

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Re: chain replacement recomends
« Reply #2 on: 07/13/17 12:20PM »
I've always used DID chains.

I recently got a set for my '07 VFR800. It was a kit with a DID 530 chain and Sunstar sprockets.  These Sunstar sprockets are carbon black and are as thick & heavy as the OEM sprockets so I know they're tough and will last as long as the OEM.  Both chain and sprockets are made in Japan.

I got them from an Amazon retailer with 24 hours of my order.

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Re: chain replacement recomends
« Reply #3 on: 07/13/17 01:35PM »
Also a believer in 530 DID chains!!

I also nickel and dime it...I wait to find a deal on a chain

Installing always goes to the chicken...a chain breaker, chain press, a socket to fit the front sprocket will total nearly $40 plus 2 hours of your labor...nowadays I pay the extra $10 and have chicken do it while I blab away
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Re: chain replacement recomends
« Reply #4 on: 07/13/17 01:35PM »
I like OEM. I see no reason to nickle and dime ~30k maintenance items.  :8:

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Re: chain replacement recomends
« Reply #5 on: 07/13/17 01:40PM »
Not on quality lol...I still buy a DID vx2 chain, I just wait for some place to list a $100 chain on eBay for $20 since they "sold the bike"... sprockets are plenty cheap so I try to get all parts for under $100
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Re: chain replacement recomends
« Reply #6 on: 07/13/17 04:22PM »
D.I.D. for the win. 

Buy it locally if you want shops to stay in business. 

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Re: chain replacement recomends
« Reply #7 on: 07/13/17 06:14PM »
I've used D.I.D. and RK.  Both are reputable brands, avoid the Chinese knock-offs, and you should have no problems.  As for sprockets, Rogue has a good suggestion with Sunstar, I've used them as well and they make affordable, quality parts. 
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Re: chain replacement recomends
« Reply #8 on: 07/13/17 06:20PM »
A good Chain Breaker kit that has everything you need to break/rivet a chain costs around $50-$80 depending on the brand.  Here's what I have from Motion Pro: https://www.cyclegear.com/accessories/motion-pro-chain-breaker-riveting-tool
I've used this a few times and it's been reliable and robust for repeated chain breaking and riveting action.  Had the cheaper ones....they don't last after the first or second use.

Here's the whole kit I got from Amazon from https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y3BPNR3/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Here's my new DID gold chain and Sunstar Sprocket:


If you decide to install yourself, keep in mind not to rivet the Rivet Link "too much".  I mean it's easy to press too hard when riveting resulting in a too big and too tight of a rivet, which means the Rivet Link will be a tight spot on your chain.  I'm OCD so I measured the riveted link "heads" so that they fell within the specified range of .50mm - .70mm.  Yeah like I said....OCD. 

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Re: chain replacement recomends
« Reply #9 on: 07/14/17 08:42AM »
thank you all for the recommendations and advise  :3:
I am down for the challenge of doing it my self
I have a $300 quote for new chain and sprockets labor included...
I will post which road I decide to take...  :27:

 
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Re: chain replacement recomends
« Reply #10 on: 07/15/17 12:56PM »
Not on quality lol...I still buy a DID vx2 chain, I just wait for some place to list a $100 chain on eBay for $20 since they "sold the bike"... sprockets are plenty cheap so I try to get all parts for under $100

There is nothing wrong with being a bargain hunter. I consider that a desirable skillset, to be honest.

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Re: chain replacement recomends
« Reply #11 on: 07/18/17 07:55PM »
DID/Supersprox  :29:

 

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