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post #1 of 21 Old 03-31-2017, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone bought Volar (Cheap) Chain ?

Has anyone had any experience with this cheap chain sold on Amazon? Any other low cost chain recommendations?

Volar Heavy Duty Chain

My Rebel currently has 15/31 installed with ~9,000 miles on the chains and sprockets. I have the original stock 14/33 that I'm going to reinstall. I'm assuming these have ~2000 miles on them. (First owner made the swap).

I know it's best practice to put on new sprockets with chains, but since the sprockets have such light wear on them - I'm looking for a cheaper chain this time around. Next time around I'll probably buy a higher quality set.

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post #2 of 21 Old 03-31-2017, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Strange. I tried to delete my thread after noticing the chains were not O-rings, but I don't see an option to delete. Feel free to let this one collect dust.

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Generally speaking cheap chains are not that cheap on a per mile basis. They wear out fast.

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The only bike I run cheap non O-ring chains on is my dual sport, which is mostly used off road. The silica sand here in AZ chews up the O-rings. I have several chains for this bike. It only takes a couple of minutes to swap them out. After a day of riding, I remove the chain, and drop in into a gallon jug of used motor oil, and let it soak. I usually have a couple soaking at the time. When I get ready to go for a ride, I take one of them out, hang it over a bucket and let it drip for a couple hours, and put it on the bike. I just keep rotating the chains. But that is not practical on a street bike, and the consequences of a broken chain on the street are likely to be far more serious than while riding off road.

Even though a Rebel does not make much power, I would get the best chain available, and take care of it. It will be safer, and in the long run it will pay for itself. Because the Rebel is a low power bike, a good O-ring chain will last practically forever.
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Even though a Rebel does not make much power, I would get the best chain available, and take care of it. It will be safer, and in the long run it will pay for itself. Because the Rebel is a low power bike, a good O-ring chain will last practically forever.
Any advice on a JT chain and sprocket set? It runs about $105 - I'm looking at a 108-link 520 and the original 14/33 setup. I says it is "Chromoly Front Sprocket; High Carbon C49 Steel Rear Sprocket". I tried searching the forums, but "JT" and "DID" are too small of words to come up.


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DID is a good brand name chain.

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Thanks, Duckster, I found one. Any particular brand or material for sprockets that you recommend?


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Not really, Chromoly and high carbon steel sound like pretty good materials to me. It's most important to keep your chain clean, lubed with a good quality O ring type chain lube, and properly tensioned to maintain your investment.

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It's most important to keep your chain clean, lubed with a good quality O ring type chain lube, and properly tensioned to maintain your investment.
Ooops, the DID I found is an X-ring, I was under the impression that this is also good? I could not find an O-ring DID...


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x ring is fine. Its just another form of O ring.
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