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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 1:43 am 
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I am about to order a new chain and sprockets. I want to stick with my 525 chain, 15t, 16t (for the highway portion), and 42t with triangle cs retainer. Wanted to hear some opinions. One question is this; will the did vx 525 110 come solid and I don't have to break a main link to make it fit? I just want to open the box, put it on, and head out. Does that 110 chain fit the bill? Also, I'm all for procycle but want to know if you guys know the best available sprockets to buy even if it's not procycle. Ideas? Thanks!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:50 am 
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The chain will not ship continuous you will have to order a "master link" to couple it together. They come in rivet/screw or clip type.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:59 am 
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A continuous chain would be a pain... Remove swingarm to install chain, nope, not me.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:29 pm 
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Ah. I see. What's the best 525 chain master link style? Also should I still get a 110 since I'm staying stock rear sprocket?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:41 pm 
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Spartan ADV wrote:
Ah. I see. What's the best 525 chain master link style? Also should I still get a 110 since I'm staying stock rear sprocket?


Both link styles have their advantages and disadvantages. Rivit type are permanant and are only removed by cutting/breaking the link whereas clip type are removable. There are times when it is nice to totally remove the chain from the bike and this is where the clip type shines.

Funny thing is a lot of guys don't trust clip type master links thinking they will come apart but carry one or two for an emergency repair. Go figure.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:04 pm 
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PerazziMx14 wrote:
Spartan ADV wrote:
Ah. I see. What's the best 525 chain master link style? Also should I still get a 110 since I'm staying stock rear sprocket?


Both link styles have their advantages and disadvantages. Rivit type are permanant and are only removed by cutting/breaking the link whereas clip type are removable. There are times when it is nice to totally remove the chain from the bike and this is where the clip type shines.

Funny thing is a lot of guys don't trust clip type master links thinking they will come apart but carry one or two for an emergency repair. Go figure.

Why would you ever remove your chain other than to replace it? Sprocket change? All can be done with chain in place. Cleaning? Nope.
Tell me all the reasons why.

I'm one of those guys that do not totally trust a clip type link ... although millions of miles have been done on them since cave man days. I used them on my dirt bikes (and street bikes) in the BAD OLD days when chains would commonly BREAK. But since the mid 80's chains are far stronger, few break even when well worn. A Rivet link essentially makes the chain an endless chain. There is no weak link.

But time and tech bring change, some useless BS, some makes sense and is backed up by real testing and SCIENCE.
The FACT is a Rivet link is a safer, more secure link ... if done right. It's why companies like DID of Japan recommend a Rivet link for all of their street bike chains for bikes over 500cc. Also, when was the last time you saw a clip link on a race bike at the Race track?
ALL Rivet links now.

But ... a Clip link can also be safe if done right ... it's just that I've seen SO MANY guys running clip links that are about to fall off or not installed correctly. Dirt bike kids are the worst offenders.

Rivet links have failed too when NOT installed right ... like the Iron Butt guy on a Vstrom who did a rush job the day before the Iron Butt event ... chain came off at 70 mph ... broke engine case. Ride over, motor destroyed. Rider lucky to escape unhurt.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:08 pm 
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:wacko: But I can remove my chain and use it as a weapon... :wacko:

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:21 pm 
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Spartan ADV wrote:
I am about to order a new chain and sprockets. I want to stick with my 525 chain, 15t, 16t (for the highway portion), and 42t with triangle cs retainer. Wanted to hear some opinions. One question is this; will the did vx 525 110 come solid and I don't have to break a main link to make it fit? I just want to open the box, put it on, and head out. Does that 110 chain fit the bill? Also, I'm all for procycle but want to know if you guys know the best available sprockets to buy even if it's not procycle. Ideas? Thanks!

Keep in mind Pro Cycle are mainly an online parts mail order business, not a manufacturer. They make a few things (contract out) but most items sold are common name brands that are also sold at thousands of other dealers.

The advantage of Pro Cycle is you know you're getting the RIGHT PARTS FOR YOUR BIKE the first time, getting it fast as well. and ... they are true DR650 specialists and know EVERYTHING about this bike! :good:

IMHO, DID are the best chains in the world. The relatively new VX model is not DID's best X ring chain but good for most and probably will go 20K miles if cared for. Should go much further than the original OEM DID O-ring chain fitted to DR650. (good for 12K to 15K miles)

Pro Cycle sell JT sprockets (made in Thailand) which are nearly as good (or AS GOOD) as OEM Suzuki sprockets ... which are also made in Thailand. So go with JT unless you can find Suzuki sprockets cheaper.

You can't just "put on the chain and go" you've got to install the Rivet link, then adjust your chain, then tighten and safety check everything ... NOW GO! If you've not done a Rivet Link, best to have a PRO do it for you ... and watch and go to school on how to do it. Not hard but requires some "technique" and the right tools.

110 links should be OK with stock size sprockets.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:35 pm 
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FWIW, Procucle also sells sprockets made in USA. I forget the name on them, but the one I got last week was USA made and seemed of good quality.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:58 pm 
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Learned a lot today. Thank you all for the help!


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