DID vm xring meets and exceeds OEM Drive chain
Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:13 AM
This is my chain records since the bike was new. (All these chains were lubed every 500m)
OEM chain (110 links)(sprockets F-16 & R-43)
2ndNew chain@ 12000 ; Adjustments : 28500 ; 30000
3rdNew chain@ 31000 ; Adjustments :36500(checked 1¼ to 1½")
4thNew chain@ 41500 ;
One thing that I can see right off with this one is that it measures the same play/slack with no binding all the way around the train.
We shall see if the 1st impressions are good for milage.
Of course I had 3 bikes (2 BMW's / 1 Yamaha) that were shaft drive and put 100k each on all 3 with no problems, so here's hoping.
Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:05 AM
Then I discovered the Vm530 has been discontinued, replaced with a VX 530 which is a new chain replacing the 530 pro oring and the 530vm xring. The question is it as good as the vm 530. I search for specs and the VX now uses smaller 2.2mm inner plating , the same 2.4mm outer plating, but the roller is actually larger, and they give a Higher wear number.
Overall I dont trust the new remodel, cause Ive ran some DID chains no better than anyone elses, luckily I found a close out VM530 for $137, which is a good price.
Ofcourse the alternative is the new zvm530, but I didnt want to spend that much, they can be had around $170, it does come with larger 2.6mm outer plates. Next time I
ll have to go with this chain, out of no choice.
Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:23 AM
Spud, what are you running for sprockets ?
I run oem sprockets, I replaced the front sprocket at 53,000 miles, it showed just a tad of wear matched to a new one, I saved it for later use. But I wont replace the front again till 60 or 65,000 miles. The rear sprocket has never been replaced, at 100,000 miles, I;ll probably replace both at next chain replacement, not this replacement). I attribute the excess sprocket life to the Heavy synthetic film base lube that I run. Ive seen a 5X improved sprocket life with this lube. I accidently stumbled across it about 150,000 miles ago. Ive ran dry lubes, waxes, blue label, and this stuff actually works. Including it clean up easily with wd40 if it gets on places other than the chain. It stays fluid and doesnt bind up the chain rollers, like waxes do.
Posted 13 May 2012 - 10:11 AM
Does this heavy synthetic film base lube have a name?
Motorex 622 Strong street
dries similar to a lithium grease. but really eliminates metal to Metal contact, which is what saves sprockets and the Pocketbook.
click bottom corner of picture , should enlarge that 53,0000 compared to brand new
Edited by spud786, 13 May 2012 - 10:18 AM.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:38 AM
HID's,VFRness Harness,Rick's Stator & RR, Throttlemeister,Sargent, Modified Exhaust,Mag-Knight Tank Protector,Givi Windshield, ASV Levers, A&A Pair Valve Block Off Plates
Posted 18 May 2012 - 08:03 AM
Posted 18 May 2012 - 12:26 PM
Posted 18 May 2012 - 05:48 PM
My bike is on it's original chain and sprockets at 45000 miles, never cleaned it, adjusted 4 times. I use a Scottoiler.
Did your Bike come with OEM Metzler Z4's how long did they last?
I saw this guy who ran only wd40 and got really high milege off a chain, with me it made no difference. The only reason I think an oiler would extend chain life by itself( compared to what ever your norm is on life), is through vibration and chain action the oil somehow migrates past the o rings. especially once a chain gets enough wear, and it would be easy for oil to get past. MY oem chains first link started failing right at 17,000 mile, but the chain had multiple adjustments by that time, so it was toast.
The grease dries out in my chains between 8 to 17,000 miles depending on the chain type, but they are subjected to post 100mph and tight track every ride.
I ran several chains on the vfr, 10,000 mile was average life , THis DID vm530 has met the oem with less adjustment , and its gone 5,000 mile further. I just inspected it, thinking go ahead and replace, cause Ive removed several orings and manually lubricated, but chain stretch is well inside the Green sticker, but I did do its 4th adjustment recently, so its pretty much done, and I wont mess with it much longer.