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i've had my D.I.D. 520 chain on for approx 5000 miles and clean/lube/adjust slack regularly (approx 500 miles). I have noticed that my orings are breaking and sticking up through the links everywhere. i use the grunge brush and degreaser combo, ride for about 10 minutes to warm up and then lube with chainwax. what is the life on these chains? and am i cleaning too often? my buddy got the rk x ring chain the same time i got my D.I.D. he rarely cleans his chain and he has no evident wear on his chain. -1 afam up front and stock gearing driven rear steel/alum sprocket. also noticed that the rear sprocket is wearing as well. again, slack is correct and rear aligned as well.
 

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I would say that you are cleaning too often.

I Lube mine every 500 miles, but only clean it every 2000 or so. So like every 4th or 5th lube, I clean it.

The other thing is he has and X ring chain. You have an O ring chain. X rings are "new technology" in the chain industry. They are meant to wear better and last longer any how. Another thing is that, if he's using different products to clean and lube his chain, that could be a small factor in his chain wear/life.

I hate to say this, but dude, I would replace your chain and sprockets AGAIN (and I only say that because you say you have evident chain AND sprocket wear) and go with an X ring chain this time. Ease up on the cleanings, and continue to lube away (about every 500 miles)

The product that I use for lubing my chain is MAXIMA CHAIN WAX. Its a very good product and hasn't let me down ffor 24,000 miles.

Let us know how it turns out for ya.
 

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^ werd. i use maxima chain wax. i guess ill be buying a new chain/sprocket set after i move. never thought you could keep it too clean haha. when i had the stock chain and gearing i cleaned it just about the same intervals and when i changed em out, the chain and sprokets were immaculate. think i will go with the rk next and afam sprockets all around. thanks for the reply.
 

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No problem man. Another product plug for ya. I have been running www.sprocketspecialists.com sprockets for a while now. Their website is pretty crappy, but their products are GREAT and the prices are pretty fair. Their customer service is great too, and they always have what you want. If they don't have it THEY'LL MAKE IT for you. Which is really cool. The titan tough option is pretty nice too.
I know the mods will say, " use the site sponsors " first... But I tend to find companies that I like thier stuff and stay with them. Sprocketspecialists, is kind of a smaller company who actually cares about their customers. They're great.
Check them out if you don't like their site, give them a call, they'll help you out.
They sell RK chains as well.
 

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yeah thats who i bought from, i got the gold/black driven rear sprocket. i dont think im going to spend as much as i did this time though. i need to research some more to find what the life expectancies are. i know racing takes a toll on sprockets but im not racing so....lol. just the occasional track day, which my second one hasnt happened yet...anyway, thanks again man and ill check em out. positive experience last time.
 

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i have those sprockets and a RK o-ring chain... about 6k miles and NO signs of wear what so ever. I kinda neglect it more then i am happy to admit as well.
 

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Only prob my buddy had was that he got the clip type and lost it (the clip) when we were riding julian. I never heard anything bad about D.I.D. so this is kinda surprising. guess im too anal about my chain maintenance, lol. i hate a dirty chain. I get OCD when it comes to my chain, lol.
 

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I got a clip link with mine too. But, I ordered a rivet type master link when I ordered my chain. Clip links on a Sportbike are a no-no. Just not dependable enough in my eyes.
I think a rivet link is 8 bucks more or something like that.
 

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I got a clip link with mine too. But, I ordered a rivet type master link when I ordered my chain. Clip links on a Sportbike are a no-no. Just not dependable enough in my eyes.
I think a rivet link is 8 bucks more or something like that.
+1 That's what I did as well.
 

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yeah, made sure mine was rivet when ordering, but orings are f'ing up so...this sux. not a stock chain so guess i gotta deal right? haha.
 
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