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I need the change my chain and sprockets on a 93 650L looking for a little better chain than stock. Thinking about 14/47 but no clue what works best.

Thanks

B

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I did the same thing recently - I went with 14/48 and a new DID x-ring chain. I can really tell the difference, the front end seems light now. The x-ring chain is supposed to have a lot less resistance than the o-ring. So far I'm very pleased...

If I may recommend - get a good chain tool. I bought a Motion Pro breaker/riveter from my dealer and it worked really well when installing the new chain. I spent more than I wanted to, but now I own a nice tool that will serve me well for years.

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The stock chain is riveted. If you plan on going with a riveted chain then you need a special tool to rivet the connecting link. Most aftermarket chains are an interference fit and don't really require a special tool to get the plate on the master link. I just use a pliers and pinch each side until the spring clip can be installed.

I've never used a rivet type chain in 20+ years of motorcycling.

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Regina, Tsubaki, D.I.D., and EK chains are good, to name a few. Afam, Sunstar, Renthal, JT, Ironman, and Sprocket Specialists sprockets are good as well. PBI is still up in the air; some have reported problems with them and I only just installed a PBI front on my 600, so time will tell.

I also recommend using a chain with a clipped master link. It makes chain maintenance and pulling the back wheel off much easier in my opinion.

I think 14/47 gearing will be pretty buzzy at highway speeds. One option is to get a 14t and 15t front sprocket so you can switch back and forth.

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I stopped by the dealership today and will never go back they told me that no one made an aftermarket sprocket for a 93 model its to old. So they will not get any of my money.

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I stopped by the dealership today and will never go back they told me that no one made an aftermarket sprocket for a 93 model its to old. So they will not get any of my money.

I see more and more of these dealership stories. I cannot believe the incompetence of these "parts" guys.:)

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Yeah, in another thread someone said their bike shop couldn't order Keihin pilot jets larger than a size 50. :)

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The best deal going is a Rocky Mountain Primary Drive X-ring chain and sprocket combo for about $70. I've got about a year on mine and it's still going strong. If you go with RM get the X-ring chain and not the O-ring. The O-ring is too wimpy.

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The best deal going is a Rocky Mountain Primary Drive X-ring chain and sprocket combo for about $70. I've got about a year on mine and it's still going strong. If you go with RM get the X-ring chain and not the O-ring. The O-ring is too wimpy.

I've had good luck with the Primary Drive sprockets, but I'm looking for durability so a heavy steel piece is my goal. For chains, the Regina ORN6 is my favorite. Personal preference, I suppose, and best value for quality.

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i haven't ordered a chain in a long time...

dumb question :ride:

if i go out and count my L's stock links with there be 110? ...or 111 with the master link?

lets take it one step further but really the same question :banghead: :banghead:

if i order a 110 link chain plus a master link will it be one link longer than the stocker?

TIA

:):D:worthy:

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Kenzo, the length of chain is going to vary a little for the sprocket combo you are using. I thing the stock set-up was 110. As far as chain goes, I used a EK Z series (RVXZ I think) that is not supposed to stretch. It is an o-ring chain and it is heavy, but since I installed it a few months and a few thousand miles ago the only thing I have done is take a grunge brush to the old chain lube and apply some fresh lube about every 1,000 miles.

-Joe

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:)

i guess i need to just go out and count the number of my stock chains links...if figured someone wud know :worthy:

:D

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Stock length is 110. When you order a new chain with a master link, it's a total of 110, including the master.

aahhh...i see...the chain has the two unconnected lets call them halflinks and they are connected by the master link for a total of 110...

i told u it was a dumb question :worthy:

since i got back into bikes i've always sold them off before the need to replace the chain :)

:D

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Kenzo, the length of chain is going to vary a little for the sprocket combo you are using. I thing the stock set-up was 110. As far as chain goes, I used a EK Z series (RVXZ I think) that is not supposed to stretch. It is an o-ring chain and it is heavy, but since I installed it a few months and a few thousand miles ago the only thing I have done is take a grunge brush to the old chain lube and apply some fresh lube about every 1,000 miles.

-Joe

Common misconception....the "lube" you put on an O-ring chain does not do much more than collect grime and grit from the road. The lubrication on the O-ring chains is contained inside the seals of the O-rings, and cannot be replaced through conventional means. Therefore, the best maintenance for an O ring chain is keeping it clean and free of anything "sticky" to reduce the build up of grime. Keeping the seals intact and healthy is the secret to long life of an O ring chain.

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