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cheriah

Best kind of 520 drive chain? O ring or not?

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Does anyone have an opinion on which chain is better? Standard, O ring or X ring? I'm not at all concerned about the prices even though there is a huge difference between the three. My son does a lot of dirt and MUD riding, so which one is better, if at all? His chain is soooooo stretched out I can't rotate the axle anymore. Would love to hear from you all!!:wink:

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Im not sure on chains any good name brand should be good as long as you keep it clean and lubed with a good chain lube

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It's a polaris trailblazer. I've adjusted the chain as much as I could it's just stretched out to the max and the links are worn out,,,time for a new one

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I'd get a DID Professional X-Ring chain. You get more power out of a Non O-Ring though.

I run an DID X ring chain also I`ve never heard that you get more power of a standard chain !:confused:

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the facts about O ring and non O ring chains from a test done in a motorcycle magazine a few years ago.. they did a test on non o ring chains and found that after about 20 miles of riding the chain got hot enough that the lubrication in the links actually ran out of them and caused more friction and there for caused more drag and took more power to turn the wheel than the o ring chain because the o ring kept the lubrication in the links and made it easyer for the wheel to turn ...

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I read a similar test and the outcome was the same. The non o ring initially lets more power to the rear wheels till after its good and hot then HP starts to drop.

Will you notice that hp drop in the woods just goon riding? probably not but for racing every hp, tq, lbs and Cd can mean the difference between 1st and 2nd.

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IMO, you can't compare a motorcycle with an atv. Streetbikes for example, have 140hp+, and run 12,000 RPM and higher, and you are at high speeds steadily. Unlike this Trailblazer, which has about 25-30hp and prolly never reaches 7,000-8,000rpm. For trail riding, go for the X-Ring. But for me, every little bit of drag counts. That's why I normally don't run front brakes on my one Raptor. Ofcoruse the chain will get hot after 20 miles on a bike, but for lower speeds, and a less powerful

Motor, I don't see how a non-print would be a problem.

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The test i saw was on a yfz450r and honda 450 and the outcome was consistent on both quads. The quads where ran on a dyno

I would assume when driving through mud and dusty areas it will get into the non o ring chain and cause alot of friction but I dont have any test results to back that up.

That said the maintanace on a non o ring chain is probably ten fold compared to an o ring. I personally would never run a non o ring on an atv.

Is there any difference between an O, X, or Z ring??

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so it sounds like the O or X ring chain is the hot ticket especially because of the heavy dirt and mud riding my son does......never heard of a Z ring, what the heck is that? Mario, can u forgive me cuz it's a Polaris? LOL:biggrin:

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I grant you forgivness ;)

I havent seen a z ring up close and personal but i do see em on atv store ads online. Its probably a new o ring design that drives up cost but has no real world benefit.

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I have run a standard and an o-ring and haven't really seen any difference. I just do my best to keep them clean and lubed.

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Can an o ring chain of any sort be cleaned with Kerosene? I heard yes and no. My chain looks like a #90 with all the crust on it. Simple green dont work on coal!

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asked the guy I bought my chains from and he said you can clean O rings with kerosene just not to soak them too long.....it'll dry out the rings ..I could'nt decide which chain to get so I got one standard and 1 Oring chain......just to see if there is a difference, if at all.....thanks all!!:biggrin:

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I tried the Kero and as soon as i was done scrubbing i washed it with simple green then i sprayed on a thick coat of chain grease. No problems yet on a factory chain.

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