OK, here's my case
( I know, and not a minute too soon)
Make of it what you will, decide for yourselves.
These are the only used chains I have to work with. Thought I had more laying around, but I guess not.
I have 2 "suspect" chains. 1 used chain, the top one in the picture. And 1 still new in the box chain.
My chain history, factoring out the suspect chains and the original non-RK chain.
I early on have decided replacing my drive chain is best done at every 10,000 miles. Reasons being:
Convenience in maintenance.
Any indications for the need
to do so had never appeared until close to this point.
I consider a good chain a major safety issue.
The used suspect chain:
This chain is suspect based on the fact that it starting getting kinks in it very early on. This started happening at around 2,000 - 3,000 miles. And even more kinks that I had ever seen before, maybe 7 or 8 links.
All my "good" chains have always gone the distance. At least my
distance of 10,000 miles. As far as the good one's, more than half have went with out any issues what so ever. The ones that did show issues included 1 or 2 kinked links, a few O-rings (X-rings) missing, and 1 chain that showed indications that the inside of one of the rollers was getting rust. Now while I attribute all these issues due to improper chain maintenance on my part, the suspect chain didn't get any less care than the good ones.
The unused suspect chain:
I can't get past this "wrong box".
Box it came in on the top. The box it should have come in on the bottom. Even when ordering, one like the box on the bottom was the one I was shown in their picture. One interesting note I found on the RK website, they in no uncertain terms, claim you should never
clean your chain with kerosene.
On the back of the X-ring box (probably need to enlarge the picture to read) they don't mention kerosene at all. But do
say to clean with a quality chain cleaner.
On the back of the O-ring box, they say kerosene is fine and dandy. So whether or not this box is fake or not (I have no other similar boxes for reference), there is clearly a contradiction by someone.
The chain it's self would at least appear to be legit. Now the master link is a different story. In the picture the suspect master link is on top, the proper master link is on the bottom.
Here's a shot of the suspect master link on top, and 2 legit links on the bottom. one still in the package and one taken out for closer inspection. It's not unusual for a manufacture to change how something is packaged, but normally it would be done as an upgrade of some sort, or for better marketing purposes. Here I don't see anything like that. Parts in the suspect link package just flying around loose, and an important note completely dry, no shipping grease
. If we look at the legit links, shipping grease used. Even going to the effort to tie the X-rings together with a wire. Looking at the back side of the legit package, even vacuum sealing (or maybe heat shrinking) the package. This is also the only instance where I have not seen the master link placed and sealed within the chain packaging it's self. For the sake of argument lets say that all three components are legit. The chain, the master link, and the box it's self, although the box would still be the wrong one for the X-ring. For what ever (and highly unlikely IMO) reason that it is simply mispackaged, it would seem a lot more plausible to me that someone ordering an O-ring chain would end up receiving this "X-ring" chain in an O-ring box, than it would for someone ordering an X-ring chain and receiving it in an O-ring box.
All of the above is part 1 of my case.
I did find one small tidbit of a discrepancy for part 2.
On the plate stamps there are 4 stamps as follows:
And a random 4 digit number that is different from chain to chain, but remains consistent on any one given chain. (some sort of lot number)
This is one of the good chains. To simplify I'm counting outer plates here, and not links in the usual way. This picture shows 2 stamped plates with 6 unstamped plates between them. This pattern stays consistent on all the chains I looked at. Side note: If your checking your RK chains for this pattern, when the master link is between the stamped links, you have to disregard that segment because the chain can be cut at any random point.
This is my suspect chain. It shows only 5 unstamped plates between the stamped ones. The only chain I found to break pattern.
So there you have it.
The prosecution rests.