Chain choice - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions For repair, maintaining or modifying discussions related to the newly updated 2008 and beyond, Generation 2 KLR650 Motorcycle.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 Old 08-31-2015, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
Posts: 22
Chain choice

What is the benefit to using an o-ring type chain versus a standard type?
Provi is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 08-31-2015, 09:46 PM
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by Provi View Post
What is the benefit to using an o-ring type chain versus a standard type?
Both o-ring and x-ring chains are permanently lubricated. Standard chains require lubrication. O-ring chains should be cleaned and protected from corrosion, but do not need lubrication.

Fast, good, cheap - choose two.

The Bluejay: 2009, EM 685 kit, Corbin seat, Wow LED tail light, rear DirtRacks bars, Shorai, Cee Bailey windshield, Superbrace, UNI air filter, EM Doo, KLX needle, T-Bob, de-snorkeled and box drilled, JNS bigfoot, skid plate, and aux light bar, SW Motech crash bars, Cycra hand guards, LeoVince X3, T-mod, Ernie Bell clutch arm, Cogent Pro Shock rear and DDC front, Galfer SS brake lines front/rear, MC Mod, Rox Anti-vibe Risers, Idabiker H7, many more...
DanBarwick is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 08-31-2015, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
Posts: 22
Do the x-ring chains need to be cleaned and cared for the same as the o-ring chain?

How often should a normal chain be lubricated? Does the normal chain need to be protected from corrosion the same as the o-ring chain?

In what way does one go about protecting the chain from corrosion? I ask this because my history in aircraft maintenance might cause me to take it a little overboard.
Provi is offline  
 
post #4 of 8 Old 08-31-2015, 10:18 PM
Threadjacker
 
Lockjaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Benicia, CA
Posts: 6,750
Quote:
Originally Posted by Provi View Post
Do the x-ring chains need to be cleaned and cared for the same as the o-ring chain?

How often should a normal chain be lubricated? Does the normal chain need to be protected from corrosion the same as the o-ring chain?

In what way does one go about protecting the chain from corrosion? I ask this because my history in aircraft maintenance might cause me to take it a little overboard.
I don't think there is an overboard. I put 25K miles on my stock chain. Replaced it with an X-ring recently. Every Sunday, my daughter and I check the oil, air pressure and clean the chain. I usually clean with wd40 and no lube. That's what I did with the stocker and it looked pretty damn good when we had to dremel it off. Routine takes maybe five minutes if we get to chatting.

My thinking? Keep it clean as possible. Lube attracts grit. Get a grunge brush or the like and do it once a week. It ain't going to be too clean, and despite the fact that someone is going to say, "don't use wd 40", that is all I used for many, many miles on my stocker and it got the job done. And no rust.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

PPMC #1.
Soon, we ride.

AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.

Click my handle for a link to my homepage/blog...which has nothing to do with MCs. Free literature and music! Viva La Revolucion!
-------------------
2008 KLR 650
RIP DM - Soon, we ride.
Lockjaw is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 08-31-2015, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
Posts: 22
Awesome, thanks lockjaw. I am glad you told me about WD cause I was about to use a metal-on-metal CPC that we used to use back in the Army for corrosion control and prevention on the airframes! Probably a bit of overkill, lol.
Provi is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 09-01-2015, 10:39 PM
Threadjacker
 
Lockjaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Benicia, CA
Posts: 6,750
Quote:
Originally Posted by Provi View Post
Awesome, thanks lockjaw. I am glad you told me about WD cause I was about to use a metal-on-metal CPC that we used to use back in the Army for corrosion control and prevention on the airframes! Probably a bit of overkill, lol.
Sure thing, brother. The KLR likes simple things.



Lockjaw is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 09-02-2015, 08:28 PM
Moderator
 
CheapBassTurd's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Indiana/ Michigan line at the Lake
Posts: 1,585
I replaced my stock chain this spring at 15,000 miles and it didn't
even need replacing but with new sprockets did the whole driveset.


The shoppe muffed up and gave me the stainless steel roller chain instead of the standard Tsubaki o-ring. The roller chains are low resistance for high speeds (rocket bikes). I had ground off and punched a pin
out before noticing there were no o-rings. The dealership told me
they would replace it since it was their mess up but also would be fine with the roller chain,
even offroading. They were right so far three thousand miles later.
I shoot it with WD-40 also and the crud rinses right out. Ride a few miles, wipe off the rim and forget about it for another few hundred miles.
That's just me.
I read here about the WD-40 test and tried it. That stuff is all you need.

Ride fun and safe,
Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap

This is my son, with whom I am well pleased." ----God
CheapBassTurd is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 09-02-2015, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
Posts: 22
Awesome, thank you for the info!
Provi is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Tire Choice Crashoverride 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 0 07-25-2014 11:29 AM
Aftermarket Carb, best choice? bschmitty 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions 8 05-24-2014 08:25 AM
GPS choice basement Gadgets & Gizmos 34 02-16-2011 09:05 PM
new 09 Black KLR on choice roads mrpeila Show Off Your Bike 4 09-03-2009 01:11 PM
Tire choice ed29 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 13 06-20-2008 11:13 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome