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post #1 of 3 Old 07-02-2015, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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DID chain question

I'm in Europe and need to change chain on my 09. All i can find is DID x-ring 15/43. Was wondering if anyone used this chain and whats their experience. Also, company here is saying that this chain is for 04 model but I'm assuming it's the same setup on earlier and newer models?
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-02-2015, 05:46 PM
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One of my KLR650s came with a DID 520 O-ring or X-ring chain from the factory. EK is also a good brand. I use DID or EK chains. You can find some really cheap non sealed chains that will not last long. DID makes an X-ring model and an X2-ring model. Either one will work, but make sure you get a matching master link because the cross pin diameters are not exactly the same.

As long as the chain is a size 520 it will fit gen1 and gen2 KLRs along with a bunch of other motorcycles in the 650 size range. DID makes a non sealed, an O-ring and an X-ring sealed chain in the 520 size. All will work on the KLR650 along with other manufacturers 520 size chains.

The O-ring chains are sealed around the lubricated cross pins by O-rings and last about twice as long as a non sealed chain. X-ring chains are sealed with ribbed O-rings and in my opinion may or may not last about 10% longer than an O-ring chain.

The stock chain length on a KLR with 15/43 sprockets is 106 links. Chains are often stocked in a box with 110 or 120 links and cut by the seller to fit your need or you can cut it yourself with a grinder. The chain without the master link is 105 links and the master link makes it 106 links long.

Make sure it comes with a new master link.
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Good info above. Any 520 O or X ring chain will work. The KLR is easy on chains so any of them will work.

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