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post #1 of 7 Old 08-20-2013, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Chain replacement time.

I have an 08 with 16.5ish on it, runnin a moose 16t front and stock rear sprocket. Also have a moose 14t thats really fun to play in the dirt with. Its time to replace the chain. Any recommendations on what size and brands? I have kinda looked at them, whats the difference between the o-ring and non o-ring chains?
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-20-2013, 09:21 PM
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The Orings (or Xrings) Help keep lube in the pins and rollers and dirt out. They will last longer. As to brands and durability, someone else will have to answer. I only have 10000 miles on my 2011 and it is nowhere near needing replacing!

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-20-2013, 09:34 PM
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do a close inspection of your sprockets, they wear together. i usually replace them all as a set, as i've found replacing only one part tends to wear out the new part much faster as it mates to the older components.

as for a brand...... i haven't had to change mine yet but am so far very happy with the factory equipment. i would also stick with an "o" or "x" ring chain

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-21-2013, 03:45 PM
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sun star makes a good sprocket set and wear well . mine was toast at 14k miles but mine is in the mud and dirt a lot ... for the chain I went to the DID gold its pricey but its super quality and very nice wearing chain ..

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post #5 of 7 Old 08-25-2013, 09:10 PM
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Time to think about replacing my chain/sprockets as well, near 20K.
What's the difference between the Gold or plain Steel chain?
Any reason for one over the other, think I will get the "X" ring style
but it is offered in Plain or Gold.
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-31-2013, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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I am gonna go with a oring chain, but what length do i need? I'm runnin stock rear sprocket and either 14 or 16t up front, depending on my mood.
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