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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 8-10-2013, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on sprockets and chain

My first gen (24k miles) has a tight chain link and it can't be adjusted to spec. I'm looking at two options, maybe a third. The first is RK520XSO kit for $132. Option two is Volar Motorsport (Ebay) $88 longer life than a heavy duty kit for $57. Third option is to just replace the front with 16T JT and standard O ring chain. Other posts say the RK is good, anyone using the Volar? I would spend more if the kit was safer or increased performance, otherwise, the $40 could be used for another upgrade. Thanks.
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Re: Advice on sprockets and chain

Volar Chain question has lots of input on Volar chains.

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I got over 30k on my stock chain and sprockets, less than 6K out of the Volar with constant need for adjustments. I have a RK set on there now and with over 8k I have yet to need adjustment on it!
You do the math, Ill stick with OEM or RK for my $$$. Just my $.02!
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I have had two cheapo chains on my bike before, one a Volar, the other some ebay brand, and both lasted for well less than 10k miles. And this was with consistent chain lubing and tensioning. Basically, Volar makes garbage chains.


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Re: Advice on sprockets and chain

Thanks for the input. It's true, you get what you pay for.
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Re: Advice on sprockets and chain

I would advise not to cheap out in this area. Look around I found JT sprockets on Amazon for $25 for rear. Stuff is out there that is good quality for a bit of a deal. Don't cheap out on a bargain chaihttp://www.amazon.com/JT-Sprockets-JTF512-16-Steel-Sprocket/dp/B0031771HE/ref=au_pf_ss_9?ie=UTF8&Make=Kawasaki%7C729&Model=E X500%20Ninja%20500R%7C17457&Year=2009%7C2009&carId =001&n=15684181&s=automotiven. http://www.amazon.com/JT-Sprockets-J...+520automotive .This was on a quick search. I dont think price for the chain is too bad.


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I have a thread up about the Volar Chains. I had one last well over 17k, and I even used it again when I broke the rk that I replaced with after 1500miles.
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Does anyone try to fit a 530 chain on the ex500
Any ideas
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Does anyone try to fit a 530 chain on the ex500
Any ideas
Absolutely no need. Look into JT sprockets front and rear, as well as their X1R2 chain.
https://www.amazon.com/JT-Sprockets-...r=8-2-fkmrnull
Good stuff and higher quality than Chinese chains.

Also check out Amazon Warehouse. Here's a chain that is "used" but in Amazon-speak that usually means the box has been damaged or opened. $25.
You'll have to shorten it, but that's easy.
https://www.amazon.com/JT-Sprockets-...sr=8-2-catcorr
Here's a JT rear for $25 https://www.amazon.com/JT-Sprockets-...gateway&sr=8-1
And fronts for $15. So, for $65 or so you can have a matched high quality set.

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Does anyone try to fit a 530 chain on the ex500
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yes I have but not through choice. I built a cruiser using EX parts but wanted a bigger rear sprocket 48+ the only ones available [JT sprockets] was for a 530 chain. so swapped over to that everything is available from JT just check the fittings and sizes.

BUT there is absolutely no need on a stock bike the 520 is about as good as it needs to be. get the best chain and sprockets lube regular and there fine.
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I buy the Bike Master chains, and have for some time now. They're reasonably priced and very durable! Sprockets...I go to the dealer on those. They generally have what I need and what they sell is reliable. (Had to get two different brand, front and back, sprockets for the last change-out!).

Just keep in mind, cheap chains can be fatal! Bike Master's may not be the best but they're a big company and have a customer service department. Those Chinese chains on eBay and Amazon...I wouldn't trust them.
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I got my set from the sprocket center. Around $100 for the chain and sprockets, but I had read good things about them. They seem fine but I've only put 5k or so on them so far though.
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I buy the Bike Master chains, and have for some time now. They're reasonably priced and very durable! Sprockets...I go to the dealer on those. They generally have what I need and what they sell is reliable. (Had to get two different brand, front and back, sprockets for the last change-out!).

Just keep in mind, cheap chains can be fatal! Bike Master's may not be the best but they're a big company and have a customer service department. Those Chinese chains on eBay and Amazon...I wouldn't trust them.

+ 1 on all that. Bad things can happen when a chain breaks because it can either lock the rear wheel and throw you to the pavement, or pile up at the counter shaft sprocket and punch a hole in the crankcase. Its OK to stick to recognizable aftermarket brand names for the chain and the rear sprocket but I go with genuine Kawasaki for the counter shaft sprocket for 2 reasons:

(1) The front sprocket, being smaller, tends to wear more quickly than the rear so a high quality OE front tends to match wear-wise with a decent quality non-OE rear.

(2) There is just no way to tell how well an aftermarket sprocket is engineered. While its not that big a deal if a cheap counter shaft sprocket wears out quickly, if it takes out the splines on the counter shaft while its doing its self destructing you haven't saved yourself any money. That's not a place I'm willing to experiment with cheap stuff just to save a few bucks.
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My advice on em don't go to a dealer. One here told me I couldn't get any more teeth on front or any less on rear sprockets and if I ordered the stock ones it'd be over $300 cause they have to order them as a kit with the chain. Needless to say I laughed in the guys face and told him I'd shop elsewhere, he said he didn't blame me.

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Seams fine after about 100 miles. I didnt do the sprokets as they looked fine but the chain had a bad spot and some of the orings were missing.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Also when shopping for a chain on say like Amazon, make sure to check different lengths. Sometimes you'll find a longer length significantly cheaper. Example the chain I just ordered was $104 for. 104 link and 79 for 120 link.

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