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The Final Word On Chains/sprockets

Old 09-28-2006, 04:27 PM
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The Final Word On Chains/sprockets

Here's the story, after 35,000 miles it's time for yet another chain, i like the stock sprocket sizes, but can't stand doing chains all the time (1 set every other season). what is the best stock size chain sprocket set i can buy? I looked at The Sum OF All Parts "Premium" set at over $200 and i'm leaning that way, any suggestions? also, which master link is best

- Rivit Type
- Clip Type
- some wierd clip that lookes like it uses bolts

ebay item #330033253307
does this set look good to you? opinions please!! my current chain is litterally falling apart, i do mostly highway miles if that helps....
any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!!!
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Old 09-28-2006, 04:28 PM
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Rivet is the most secure type of chain connector. The one that uses bolts is a rivet, no?

Aren't the ones sold by "SOAP" a 520 kit? A 520 will not last as long as the 530 kit.

FWIW, one set every other season is good. I usually go through chains in a little less than a year.
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Old 09-28-2006, 04:36 PM
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so you would definately go with the rivit type? and can i install them with a standard rivit gun? i'm a toyota mechanic so i know buying specialty tools and using them once sucks!!! what do you think of the chain? ok or not, i think the longevity of a 530 is better???
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Old 09-28-2006, 04:47 PM
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Yes use the rivet type the others aren't strong enough and yes you'll need a tool or have a shop put it together. You can take off and install by slipping it over the rearset, do a search and get the downloadable manual on here.
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Old 09-28-2006, 05:56 PM
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you can use the one off of a 21 speed mountain bike add wd 40 and your good to go
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Old 09-28-2006, 07:00 PM
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It's not hard to rivet the chain - any tool you use in an auto-shop will possibly be too strong. The tool I use rivets the chain using two socket wrenches.
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Old 09-28-2006, 10:53 PM
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My $0.02 on this....

You will be fine with a 520. The chains today are strong enough to run on the modern literbikes without problems. They'll be fine for a Superhawk.

Get the best sprockets you can afford. AFAM makes a really good Aluminum hard anodized sprocket. If you want longevity go with steel. It's cheaper too.

There is no substitute for regular chain maintenance. I enjoy the freedom of not having any chain maintenance on my VTR. I chose to go with the Scottoiler. This is an automatic chain oiling system. Last I checked they were about $135 from Kneedraggers.com. My stock chain with the Scottoiler installed lasted right at 25000 miles. My current 520 chain just passed over 15000 miles and still looks great. If you don't want to go the Scottoiler route then regular cleaning and oiling of your chain every 300-500 miles will pay dividends.
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Old 09-29-2006, 04:25 PM
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thanks for all your help guys...
i'll be installling a new set next weekend, i will let you know how it goes
thanks again!
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