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Genuine CRF450 camchain or aftermarket XR400 camchain?

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Rebuilding my 1999 XR400 and will be installing a new camchain too.

 

Price wise, a CRF450 genuine Honda chain is the same price as an aftermarket XR400 chain (manufactured by Factory Spec).

 

I've heard about this being a mod for the XR400 but I'd always prefer stock any day, but not sure if the aftermarket ones will be as reliable as the Honda ones.

 

Thoughts?

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I'd go Honda. The Honda chain has proven itself. I don't know that that aftermarket chain has.

 

Be sure you use the right year model CRF chain. I don't remember what years they are but that info is in the forum somewhere. Do a search.

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the CRF450 OEM Honda chain is a proven winner on the XR. I want to say it was 2002-04 model year, will have to dig that up-

One extra row of plates, very strong.

**edit**

found it:

14401-KCY-671 is the stock 112 link XR timing chain, we will be replacing with 14401-MEB-671 which is also a 112 link chain, and has one extra row of plates.

Edited by redhurricane

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Thanks for the replies.

I've read that the CRF chain is lighter as it's designed for a race bike and is expected to be replaced a lot more frequent than an XR. Also as its wider it can affect the chain guides.

Unsure if it's true, but it does kinda make sense...

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it ate up the guides on mine... tore apart the raised edge little by little... found all the pieces in the frame strainer... wiseco for xr in the latest.... $45

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