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Old 05-26-2009, 05:30 PM   #1
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What company makes best chain for 07 honda CBR600RR. I have 20k miles now and chain is at the last setting where it says i need to replace chain. Is OEM chain best or should i jsut get aftermarket. Do I need to change the sprockets at all...I have not seen a bad sprocket to see comparsion and mine looks ok according to owner manual diagram pics.

Also on a side note... my bike makes a weird sound whenever I am in neutral and cruising...I hope that it is the chain/sprocket. I can hear it more often when i'm going slow and can feel a slight thump.

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What company makes best chain for 07 honda CBR600RR. I have 20k miles now and chain is at the last setting where it says i need to replace chain. Is OEM chain best or should i jsut get aftermarket. Do I need to change the sprockets at all...I have not seen a bad sprocket to see comparsion and mine looks ok according to owner manual diagram pics.

Also on a side note... my bike makes a weird sound whenever I am in neutral and cruising...I hope that it is the chain/sprocket. I can hear it more often when i'm going slow and can feel a slight thump.

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ive allways dug DID gold xrings and its varients.
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DID makes great chains. The "best" chain really depends on what you need it for. If you want longevity then one chain would be better than a chain made for racing.
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Yeah, sounds like you can hear your chain... if it's lasted that long, I take it you clean/lube it well? I hope so. The 'thump' sound could be the stretched out chain whacking against the chain guard or frame. Either way, the sooner you get a new chain the better. If a chain lets loose at speed it can cut through most of your leg.

FYI, stock is 16 teeth in front, 43 in back, 114 links, 525 pitch. You may have heard of 520 conversion, don't bother unless you need to gain .5 seconds per lap on a track or are really unsatisfied with stock pickup. This small writeup is a great chain primer: http://www.drivenracing.com/content.cfm/go/tutorial
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i would prob say the best deal on a chain would be the Rk xso or the EK mvxz, both have very high tensile strength (assuming you go w/ a 520 kit) both are over 8000ft lb tensile so stretching it isn't the problem, I personally went w/ the 520 kit from motomummy for 180 shipped which included a black chain, front/rear sprockets & size of choice
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yup the sound was the chain... i have it on 7 notches stretched back and put it on 6... chain is loose but not making the horrible sound when i am in neutral. I think I'm gonna get a D I D since that is the chain i have right now. Do I have to change the sprocket?
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yup the sound was the chain... i have it on 7 notches stretched back and put it on 6... chain is loose but not making the horrible sound when i am in neutral. I think I'm gonna get a D I D since that is the chain i have right now. Do I have to change the sprocket?
its best to replace both

you COULD keep the old, but it will wear the new chain faster.
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Old 05-27-2009, 12:26 AM   #8
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Chains and sprockets wear together. Those sprockets are worn along with your old chain. If you put a new chain on those old sprockets they will wear out your new chain prematurely. It is a good idea to change the chain and sprockets as a set. So, GET NEW SPROCKETS.
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:17 PM   #9
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how much is it for both... i want stock oem sprocket and DID stock chain
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OEM chain uses RK Brand and that's what I have on. You'll definitely needed to replace the chain once you hear the sound and see the 'rust' (orange) powder near the front sprocket box. On average, people can use the sprockets 1.5 times longer than the chain. Meaning, for every 3 chain replacement, you'll have to replace new sprockets front and back.

If you're planning to replace it yourself, I recommend purchasing a tool kit made by RK.
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Yeah, sounds like you can hear your chain... if it's lasted that long, I take it you clean/lube it well? I hope so. The 'thump' sound could be the stretched out chain whacking against the chain guard or frame. Either way, the sooner you get a new chain the better. If a chain lets loose at speed it can cut through most of your leg.

FYI, stock is 16 teeth in front, 43 in back, 114 links, 525 pitch. You may have heard of 520 conversion, don't bother unless you need to gain .5 seconds per lap on a track or are really unsatisfied with stock pickup. This small writeup is a great chain primer: http://www.drivenracing.com/content.cfm/go/tutorial
According to the service manual it is 112 links.
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If your chain has stretched that much you sprockets pitch
has changed slightly, I know this cause I make sprockets and gears.

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Old 05-27-2009, 07:20 PM   #13
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According to the service manual it is 112 links.
Oh, I was going with what the Driven website was telling me. I would trust the service manual first in this case.
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My stock rear sprocket has 42T on it, so I was assuming that its a 42 tooth sprocket? Is 43 stock on 07-08 ?
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Oh, I was going with what the Driven website was telling me. I would trust the service manual first in this case.
Also the stock rear tooth count is 42 for the 07rr
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It it worth getting aftermarket such as vortex for sprockets or should i stick with OEM... i am happy with the pull in low end and dont' plan to change teeth size on front or rear. Pricewise looks like i actually save a couple bucks to go with the vortex sprocket kit with DID chain over OEM + DID chain. For Vortex kit 16T front 42 R with a DID chain ZVM2 X-RING GOLD / 120L it will cost me 215 shipped. OEM looks like it will run me 225 with same chain. Are these prices reasonable for online... if anyone knows good website to shop for these items that'd mean alot
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I got mine from motomummy.com - RK 520 X-Ring chain with Driven sprockets (-1,+2)... I think it was like 185 shipped
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It it worth getting aftermarket such as vortex for sprockets or should i stick with OEM... i am happy with the pull in low end and dont' plan to change teeth size on front or rear. Pricewise looks like i actually save a couple bucks to go with the vortex sprocket kit with DID chain over OEM + DID chain. For Vortex kit 16T front 42 R with a DID chain ZVM2 X-RING GOLD / 120L it will cost me 215 shipped. OEM looks like it will run me 225 with same chain. Are these prices reasonable for online... if anyone knows good website to shop for these items that'd mean alot
I went -1 on my 08 and it proved to be perfect for my liking, i mean hell it will hoover the wheel in 3rd easy. I went w/ the driven kit from motomummy.com and that was 180 shipped & that was with a colored ek mvxz chain, steel front sprocket & aluminum rear w/ stock tooth count, if you want stock sprockets i'll give you mine for $30 + shipping, & they've only got 200 miles on them, so let me know
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OEM chain uses RK Brand and that's what I have on. You'll definitely needed to replace the chain once you hear the sound and see the 'rust' (orange) powder near the front sprocket box. On average, people can use the sprockets 1.5 times longer than the chain. Meaning, for every 3 chain replacement, you'll have to replace new sprockets front and back.

If you're planning to replace it yourself, I recommend purchasing a tool kit made by RK.
My OEM chain is DID. Does anyone know if this is the X-ring chain? If not, is it worth the upgrade when replacement time comes?
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I always change both the chain and the sprockets at the same time that way they just match.
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My OEM chain is DID. Does anyone know if this is the X-ring chain? If not, is it worth the upgrade when replacement time comes?
According to the manual it is DID 525HV KAI-112YB or RK 525ROZ6-112LJFZ
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I just ordered a Driven Chain + Sprocket kit from motomummy. 520 EK MVXZ chain. $180 shipped to the US.

I did a fair bit of research before ordering this and the general option seems to be this is good gear and the MVXZ is the strongest 520 chain available. The price was right too!

My order shipped in less then 24 hours, so far so good.

Definitely get new sprockets. If you chain was that loose the sprockets have gotta have a fair bit of wear. No point ruining a new chain on worn sprockets.

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