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Tiger 800 / 900 - Main Discussion Section => General Maintenance and Servicing => Topic started by: Rick B on November 30, 2020, 03:46:58 PM

Title: Recommend me a Chain
Post by: Rick B on November 30, 2020, 03:46:58 PM
Just looked at the OEM drive chain on my 2020 XRT with less than 5k on it and its rusting( surface rust).Ive cleaned it in paraffin and applied Wurth chain lube regularly but it really looks sh*t
I know theres a long going threads about oilers but i just feel i need a new chain but not keen on the sprocket kit as i dont think it warrants it
So which is the reasonable one to go for?
Thanks
Rick (Not Jeff)
Title: Re: Recommend me a Chain
Post by: Stevie.P on November 30, 2020, 06:22:19 PM
For me I'll only fit the DID top of the range X ring chain. Fitted as 1st replacement, done nearly 10k miles and barely any adjustment needed so far.  :028:

https://www.tiger800.co.uk/index.php/topic,24021.0.html
Title: Re: Recommend me a Chain
Post by: Rtwo on November 30, 2020, 06:47:31 PM
I'm quite impressed with the OEM CK fitted to my 1290 KTM - 21K miles and it's not even close to it's wear limit
Title: Re: Recommend me a Chain
Post by: barry.t100sr on November 30, 2020, 07:25:07 PM
*Originally Posted by Stevie.P [+]
For me I'll only fit the DID top of the range X ring chain. Fitted as 1st replacement, done nearly 10k miles and barely any adjustment needed so far.  :028:

https://www.tiger800.co.uk/index.php/topic,24021.0.html

I agree with Stevie, DID are my first choice, particularly the Gold version.

However, I would be reluctant to bin a chain after only 5,000 miles.
Why not try a good scrub with paraffin and a stiff scrubbing brush, then liberally apply 3-in-1 with a tooth brush and wipe off the excess with kitchen roll ?

 
Title: Re: Recommend me a Chain
Post by: philmcglass on November 30, 2020, 11:00:44 PM
I have had success with scotchbrite pads and chain oil to get surface rust off the side plates. Clean and lube at the same time.
Title: Re: Recommend me a Chain
Post by: Rick B on December 01, 2020, 04:45:39 AM
*Originally Posted by Stevie.P [+]
For me I'll only fit the DID top of the range X ring chain. Fitted as 1st replacement, done nearly 10k miles and barely any adjustment needed so far.  :028:

https://www.tiger800.co.uk/index.php/topic,24021.0.html
Cheers for that ,Looking at you pic i cant see how many links i need to get (Just for the chain alone,Im not bothering with the sprockets just yet)
Title: Re: Recommend me a Chain
Post by: KildareMan on December 01, 2020, 11:49:24 AM
Might look shite but are there any tight spots / links. If not I would suggest the chain itself is still good.
Title: Re: Recommend me a Chain
Post by: Stevie.P on December 01, 2020, 12:20:03 PM
*Originally Posted by Rick B [+]
Cheers for that ,Looking at you pic i cant see how many links i need to get ...

I did mention the number of links in that 1st post on my link -124 -, regarding how far back the adjusters sit on the later Tigers (as earlier Tigers had 122 links).
I wouldn't expect any change from my 2015 Gen 2 XRt to your 2020 Gen 3 XRt but the bottom line would be to check your owners handbook specs. at the back of the book.  :028:
Title: Re: Recommend me a Chain
Post by: barry.t100sr on December 02, 2020, 04:35:13 PM
*Originally Posted by KildareMan [+]
Might look shite but are there any tight spots / links. If not I would suggest the chain itself is still good.

I agree.  It would be interesting to measure the "stretch",.... 20 links should measure less than 319mm.
Title: Re: Recommend me a Chain
Post by: Rick B on December 02, 2020, 04:53:21 PM
*Originally Posted by barry.t100sr [+]
I agree.  It would be interesting to measure the "stretch",.... 20 links should measure less than 319mm.
Cheers ,Is that 319mm link to link or farthest rivet?
Title: Re: Recommend me a Chain
Post by: barry.t100sr on December 02, 2020, 06:57:10 PM
*Originally Posted by Rick B [+]
Cheers ,Is that 319mm link to link or farthest rivet?

Hi Rick,
I'm just quoting from Haynes;  "hang a 10-20kg weight from the middle of the  bottom run of the chain. Measure along the top run the length of  20 links, - from the centre of the first pin to the centre of the 21st pin.
Title: Re: Recommend me a Chain
Post by: hawkbox on December 02, 2020, 07:11:06 PM
I put 50k km on the OEM chain on my 2012 and have 30k km on the replacement one I ordered from Triumph.  Overall I'm pretty happy with the stock chains.