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post #1 of 9 Old 04-11-2019, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Does anybody has some advice for a good chain ? Pls
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-11-2019, 04:07 PM
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I buy premium chains like the RK I have on my KLR now. I've also used DID and Renthal in the past. That said, many have reported that the Primary Drive stuff from RMATV is decent and very inexpensive. https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/

If your chain is worn out your sprockets are likely worn out too.....running a new chain on worn out sprockets WILL kill them prematurely. And stick with a sealed chain.

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Thank you for suggestion I will look into those sprockets as well
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My stock chain lasted about 22,000 miles. Replaced chain and sprockets with the Primary Drive Set from RMATV that Dave mentioned. Currently have about 12,000 miles on that and still going strong.
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My 2004 klr 650 was and still my first bike got it in 2010 with 4000km now it has 22k I cracked the cases on a oil change got a good cases for it but can't find someone to do the Job somebuddy tried to fixed it up but still leaks , I'm planning a trip from Toronto to Alaska on it but will she makes it?????
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My 2004 klr 650 was and still my first bike got it in 2010 with 4000km now it has 22k I cracked the cases on a oil change got a good cases for it but can't find someone to do the Job somebuddy tried to fixed it up but still leaks , I'm planning a trip from Toronto to Alaska on it but will she makes it?????
depends on the damage and the repair but generally, as long as the oil level is kept at the very top of the site glass, It should be fine. On a Gen1, I'd recommend replacing the "doohickey" with an Eaglemike lever and torsion spring - particularly if going on a long trip.

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Thanks for the advice
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Didnít realize you lived in Canada too. Getting stuff out of the US these days isnít always financially viable. A locally sourced or online at Fort Nine (in Quebec) chain and sprocket set may be your best option. JT or Sunstar are good choices for sprockets. EK, DID, RK are all good chain options. Just be sure to purchase a o-ring or x-ring chain. I personally like the Afam offerings but they seem to be harder to find.

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Good info on this thread, thx! I've got a little over 18k on mine. PO put a 16tooth in front, so I'm not sure how long ago that was, but sprockets look good. On my initial bike inspection, I noticed the clip missing from the master link. When I replaced it, I think I was a bit aggressive on the new rivets... that's what will shorten the lifespan I'm sure. No kinks though!

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