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Old 09-11-2013, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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Sprocket brands

I knew the chain and sprockets were coming up for replacement pretty quickly but was surprised when I checked after two weeks of daily use and found:





So I ordered a chain & sprockets kit from a fairly well known UK bike parts supplier, they specify a 106 link D.I.D X-ring 520ZVM-X chain with 15t front and 43t rear.

I'm happy with the DID chain, I've used them before on higher power bikes, but I was expecting Sunstar or JT sprockets and what has turned up is branded as "Powerite" sprockets.

I've never heard of Powerite as a brand before, anyone have experience of them?
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:50 PM
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No experience with that brand but I have used the sunstar brand and have been satisfied.

How many miles on that one? Is it aluminum?

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Old 09-12-2013, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I've used JT sprockets before and been happy with them, and seen good reviews of Sunstar.. these ones look very similar in design to the JT sprockets I've had.

Not sure what the current one is, it was on the bike when I bought it and I've put about 4000 miles on it since then - mostly short runs / city commuting with a few longer motorway trips.

I think it's done alright for the most part and it's just the wear has accelerated as the chain has stretched out, once my chain riveter tool arrives I'll do the swap and see if I can get some more pics
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A chain riveter you say? Surely you jest.

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A chain riveter you say? Surely you jest.
Nope.. D.I.D chain came supplied with a soft-link rather than a splitting link.. Have used riveted links before on my GPz's 530 (50VX) pitch x-ring chains so didn't think there was any issue with it?
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Ha!!! No, just stirring the pot. Carry on. Most of the folks around here would argue the point of using a riveted link versus a master link.

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That's some nasty wear! I just changed out my chain and sprockets yesterday after 16,833 miles, could not detect any wear whatsoever on the sprockets.

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At 14,000 miles my rear sprocket looks new and the front 16 tooth from the Kaw dealer
is hooking in the forward direction but not bad yet.


I need to do my homework on a good replacement driveset so type on, brudders of the wind and mud.
Been happy with the Tsubaki/ Sunstar combo in the past.
Which fusing link IS best? I like removable masters with the lil' clip thingie. (open end aimed backwards of course)
Is it better to just push in a rivet and not have a wide spot in the chain? Enquiring minds wanna know.


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Old 09-16-2013, 05:04 AM Thread Starter
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Well my new chain riveter set finally arrived on Saturday morning so I set to with the spanners:



Picture isn't very good but the sprocket feels like an Ally one, it's a lot lighter than the carbon-steel one I've just put in, it's marked up with "JT" and "C45".. so possibly a 45 tooth?

Anyway, nice shiny DID chain in with the powerite sprockets, will see how they last.

Whilst I had the back end apart I did notice that the right-hand swingarm adjuster wasn't tightening properly, took it all apart to check and found that the thread was wrecked towards the inner end of the adjustment run, I'm guessing but given the damage I don't think it would've tightened up properly - could've accelerated the wear on the sprocket? Thankfully I had a spare rear axle bolt with adjusters in the garage to swap in

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Which fusing link IS best? I like removable masters with the lil' clip thingie. (open end aimed backwards of course) Is it better to just push in a rivet and not have a wide spot in the chain? Enquiring minds wanna know.
I think it's personal preference to be honest, hence Flash's earlier comment, I've never got on with the master link style (open-ended clip link), but that's coming from 100bhp+ sports bikes where a riveted link is the norm? I tend to stick with D.I.D x-ring chains where the rivet-link is standard.
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Uh....Call me crazy but I count 43 teeth on that sprocket in the picture!
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