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Foby

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Foby says:

Drive Chains

My endless drive chain needs replacing (sprockets are sound) and its many years since I last fitted a chain. There are many types of 'o' and 'x' ring chains listed what is the difference? Also is a split link acceptable on a new chain instead of a soft rivet link? It makes life easier! Your thoughts please.

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

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Why does your drive chain need replacing? How many miles has it done? I would use a split link on a bike up to 50mph,also a soft link 50mph plus providing it`s fitted properly.If your chain has been damaged (tampered with) at a low mileage on new sprockets your ok.  

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Foby

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Foby says:

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The chain thats on has been stretched and has tight spots but sprockets are ok no sign of damage or wear. I always used to use split links on my bikes in the 1970's with no problems up to 100mph so what is different today? What is the difference in 'X' and 'O' ring chains?

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

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Modern chains today are greased sealed links using rubber O rings or X shaped seals  (both sides of the link plates).

With either seals (don`t know which is best) your only lubing the exterior of the chain.

These seals create side pressure which are not suitable for split links.

Also your stretched chain will have damaged your sprockets and WILL all need replacing.:shock: 

A new chain on worn/old sprockets is a waste of money. 

 

 

 

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Foby

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Foby says:

Drive Chains

Thanks for your advice mate - but has anyone an opinion over which type of chain 'X' or 'O' ring is best?

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James600zx

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James600zx says:

O and X.

Paulderekjohnson passed on some interesting info in this thread. After more Googling I came across this too.

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eatcs01

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eatcs01 says:

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X ring produces less friction (and therefore resistance) than O rings.

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Foby

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Foby says:

Drive Chains

Thanks good peeps:smile

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