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post #1 of 14 Old 07-09-2018, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Rebel Chains No Longer Being Supplied By Honda

I needed to replace my 2000 Honda chain. Not a big issue, but I learned the hard way to stay with OEM chain. On the pricey side , but they last a long time. Imagine my surprise when the local dealer told me "Honda doesn't supply that chain any more." I even asked them for a parts look up for the 2015 Reb, still no part. WHAT!!! Honda already not making parts for all those Rebels that are out there? That's the way things seem to be going these days, even with my Nissan truck I can't find any parts for already.

On the plus side, I did find an RK chain that was the exact match. But it was now an X-ring chain AND it was cheaper to buy than the Honda Reb chain. But it couldn't all be golden, the chain was too long. Also, it wasn't a clip type master link, it was a rivet. So I had to buy a chain riveter. Wasn't looking for that...

Just putting it out there, I think Honda has abandoned the old Rebs. Parts might start to get scarce...

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FWIW I have always bought a name brand chain and cut it to length on any chain drive bike I have had. A chain breaker /riveter is an essential tool for installing one of these. its possible to shorten a chain without one, but you really need a proper riveter to install a riveted link properly.

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I'm like Duckster, but what's confusing to me is I can always find longer chains than I need for less than the exact length needed.

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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I'm like Duckster, but what's confusing to me is I can always find longer chains than I need for less than the exact length needed.
LOL, save all the extra links, I think it can be cobbled together with a few extra masters. LOL

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I think the dealer was 'pulling your chain' to use a bad pun. Honda part number 40540-KPM-305, the OEM chain is readily available online. Probably wanted to make more profit selling you something they had in stock.
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They're listing RK and DID chains with Honda part numbers for both. So are several other online outfits I've sourced in the past.
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LOL, save all the extra links, I think it can be cobbled together with a few extra masters. LOL
I thought of that, but the cost in master links would be extravagant!
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I'm like Duckster, but what's confusing to me is I can always find longer chains than I need for less than the exact length needed.
Probably the cost to catalog,manufacture, package and warehouse different lengths of the same chain adds more cost than just including a few extra links in each package.

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I usually buy D.I.D chain, and they do make sets for the Rebel. But I can always find longer lengths for other bikes, for less $$. Go figure. I guess it depends on the retailer.

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I didn't look online, I wanted to be able to return it without postage if it was the wrong chain. And maybe it's only my local shop going through these issues, but it was about $20 cheaper to buy than the OEM chain. The DID chain I bought in the past was absolutely awful! Needed tensioning every 2 weeks and only lasted for 8K miles. Ever since, I've been hooked on RK.

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