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post #11 of 14 Old 07-10-2018, 09:12 PM
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Hmm. I got over 20,000 on my first D.I.D. chain. I reversed the rear wheel spacers on the second, causing it to be misaligned, chewing up the chain and sprockets. Have around 6,000 on the third chain, and have only adjusted it one time.
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post #12 of 14 Old 07-12-2018, 05:51 AM
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The Rebel uses a common chain which should be available forever. On my '99 Rebel, I used a non O ring chain with a clip type master link so I could take it off to clean and lube it. It lasted over 10,000 miles. Rivet type chains are something I don't do. A chain that comes apart can kill you. I have replaced a couple of those on other bikes. Fortunately there is a roadrace track nearby, where they have track days every couple of weeks, and there is a race mechanic there. I had him replace and rivet the chains.

Since the Rebel was last made in 2016, parts from the dealer should be available at least until 2026, and online for considerably longer. It is current Japanese practice to support their products for 10 years.
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post #13 of 14 Old 07-12-2018, 06:59 AM
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Riveting a master link with the proper tool is very easy to do. The key things are to compress the side plates evenly and then smoothly mushroom the hollow heads of the pins without expanding them too much, resulting in cracking. A cracked pin is ruined and the link should be replaced.
Clip type master links work fine on lower powered bikes, but they are less secure than a riveted link. When I bought my 96 Ducati the masterlink clip was missing. I got another one on immediately, and then replaced the chain with a riveted Regina chain.

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post #14 of 14 Old 07-13-2018, 11:21 PM
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DID chains on the Rebels, the BMW's, the other Honda's, Suzuki's. Basically, anything in the stable with a chain either has DID on it, or will when its time to be replaced.

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