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    spozzer1

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    chains

    Post by spozzer1 on Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:46 am

    Hi
    Putting a new chain on my 450 ,just want to know if split links are up for the job or do I have to go for a soft link? know the road bikes like to spit them off over a 600 cc and dont really fancy being stuck with no chain. but maintenance is a lot easier with a split link.
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    Taffy300

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    Re: chains

    Post by Taffy300 on Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:04 am

    I rivet a soft link on but always carry a few split links, besides, A chain doesn't last that long really so there's not a lot of maintenance to be dealing with, a clean now & again, Lube every ride & change when fucked, Job done !!

    Owen T gave me a good tip, When a 6mm Allen key can fit in between the rollers easily the chain is fucked.
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    wolfy

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    Re: chains

    Post by wolfy on Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:15 am

    Go for a DiD VX-2 mate, think 24 mx are the cheapest.
    Soft links are better, the split link wear's on the chain slider.
    Clean & lube your chain every ride & it will last longer.
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    mufynman

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    Re: chains

    Post by mufynman on Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:44 am

    i use splits Darren , but i never take it off so a soft link would do me . Ive never put a soft link on , what tool do most people use ? no special skill involved ? this is me asking remember
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    Viv

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    Re: chains

    Post by Viv on Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:42 am

    Used a split on the Jules birthday ride with a new did vx2 chain and have to agree with Wolfy the split side is wearing badly.
    Will go for the rivet link now only for peace of mind.
    Taffys right won't make any difference as mine won't come off until its knackered.
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    Mathew_3066

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    Re: chains

    Post by Mathew_3066 on Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:56 am

    Spend the extra and get the vx2 ... very good, clean and lube after every ride and I haven't needed to adjust it in ages.
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    steve

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    Re: chains

    Post by steve on Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:57 am

    mufynman wrote:i use splits Darren , but i never take it off so a soft link would do me . Ive never put a soft link on , what tool do most people use ? no special skill involved ? this is me asking remember

    Ive got one of these muff

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    Hows that for a good straight answer.


    Or you good go for one of these to match that OTT leaver you got lol!
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    mizzed

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    Re: chains

    Post by mizzed on Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:11 am

    I just got one of these:

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    has been in use lots over 18 months and has been spot on.

    Chains either did vx2 or the twenty x-ring, both last about the same, and the twenty is usually 10-15quid cheaper.

    Search ebay for the did xring 520 118 (or however many links you need) Just dont search for KTM or the price goes up, last one i bought was for a BMW and was 20quid cheaper than an identcal chain just with ktm in the description.
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    mizzed

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    Re: chains

    Post by mizzed on Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:14 am

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    56 quid.
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    Taffy300

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    Re: chains

    Post by Taffy300 on Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:24 am

    A grinder & hammer & chisel to remove knackered chain, Long nose mole grips to hold the plates together & whack the soft pins with Hammer & centre punch to fit new chain, Don't need no fancy shite.

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