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Chain Wear Question….. - May 1, 2011, 07:46 PM

I installed an X-Ring DID chain on the RC and about 4-5k miles into it, I see some of the rings sticking out in between the links. I didn’t know if this was normal or not since this is the first X-Ring chain I’ve ever used. I know I baby the heck out of this chain (except when riding), keep it clean, lubed and adjusted properly. I was changing the oil so I figure I would take a few pics to show you guys. It seemed like the O-Ring chain lasted longer honestly. So let me know, is it time for a new chain already? In the last 2 pictures, it looks like the ring is gone completely.










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May 1, 2011, 07:53 PM

What are you using for lube? What could be happening is the lube is causing the seals to swell up and because of that they break. I also have had this problem with DID X ring. I would clean the hell out of it and the dam this does not last for shit. Funny thing is the chain I kinda took care of lasted forever.


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May 1, 2011, 08:07 PM

I used Kerosene to clean the chain once a month and lubed it with PJ1 every couple hundred miles or so. Maybe I used too much lube at times but always wiping off the excess. I'm hoping I can get through the season before replacing it.


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May 3, 2011, 10:11 AM

Is there a warranty on the part?

Maybe email DID and ask them?


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May 3, 2011, 02:39 PM

I could ask but I doubt it. I would need to replace the sprockets anyway so I'm going to go with a different chain. I did some research and found out that the chain is only rated for 750cc and below. I don't remember seeing that when I bought it.


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Well don't ask me how to connect the chain...


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Well don't ask me how to connect the chain...


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To the OP, the "engine size" ratings are more or less bullshit CYA. What you want to pay attention to is tensile strength. For example, the OEM 525 chain on my bike was something like 8500 lb tensile strength. The 520 replacement is 8800 lb.
Regardless, I don't think that is the issue. Something degraded your rings. Do you use a chain brush?


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What type of PJ1?


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May 3, 2011, 09:30 PM

Two things come to mind: 1) there is really no point in cleaning your chain that often with a solvent that as mild as it might be, it's still a solvent. 2) Not sure what you use on that chain, but it looks way to clean to be properly lubricated.

In short: when choosing between

a) spotless chain and rim
b) dirty and properly lubricated chain (and dirty rim)

Choose b.


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May 3, 2011, 11:10 PM

My new Renthal X-Ring chain is doing the same thing, in spite of never being cleaned with aggressive solvents that could have compromised the rings, it's oiled religiously (PJ1 or chain wax), and is always wiped off after a ride.

Now what was so bad again about the "old" non O-ring/X-ring chains? I never had problems with them...
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I think the sprockets are still good. If so, I can just replace the chain and keep riding. They have about 10k miles on them. I tried to get the best pics I could of the rear sprocket and could not get a camera angle on the front but it looks similar.




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So the rule of thumb is to change chain and sprockets at the SAME time. Kind of like how they say when you replace brake pads you should resurface/get new rotors. We all don't always do that.

Essentially the wear pattern of the chain and sprocket is formed and by putting a new chain on an already/partly worn sprocket then you are going to decrease the life of your new chain.

All of that being said, it's really up to you. I've heard arguments in either direction.

When I replaced my chain, I ended up replacing both of my sprockets as well.


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Sprockets are cheap, change them if you can and keep these as spares. As for the question of the "old school" chains: there is nothing wrong with them, they just are not as good as retaining the lubricant and they need more attention (cleaning and oiling). On the other hand they give less resistance thus stealing less power. I would recommend them only for racing, for road use, nothing can beat the peace of mind of a o-ring (or x-ring) chain.


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I had a discussion with the folks at D.I.D. and they told me that it is a racing chain and there is no warranty on those. Also, it is only rated up to 750cc's and knowing that my bike is a 1000, even if there was a warranty, they would not honor it. Funny thing is every website carry this chain has it listed to work on bikes up to 1000cc. Also, the lady tried to tell me that I HAD to be doing something to make the chain fail like that. I told her that I had it adjusted properly (slightly more loose than tight but never too tight) and lubed it regularly. Almost made me want to go with a different vendor but I will go back with 530 instead of 520. Depending on which model, I know they are rated up to 1400cc's. Peace of mind for me.
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