I have used an extra piece of chain and two master links for years on my drag bikes. They quit selling bulk chain where I get my stuff and I could not find one from anyware that would be long enough for a +12 swingarm. I used one regina gold non o-ring chain and the additional links from an identical chain, never had any problems at all.
That was for bikes built only for the drags, every little bit of weight that can be saved helps. I was just using that comparison about the double master links. I definitely think o-ring chains will last longer in most riding conditions, I have 95 polaris 4x4 that has all three original o-ring chains on it and they still look pretty good now, I've never put anything but 80/90 gear lube on them either. I don't really have anything to compare to say how long the non o-ring chains would last, like I said, my drag bikes are only run at the dunes, dragstrip or an occasional street race, so they don't see the elements that a trail bike would see. Plus the bikes are apart so many times throughout the year that the chain gets throughly cleaned quite often.
Do you guys think an o-ring chain is a lot stronger than non o-ring chains? I mostly dune with my quad and was wondering if I were to lube them and clean the chain often would it last as long as an o-ring? Thanks guys.
I doubt an o-ring chain could be stronger, look at sidewinder's site, they claim the same strength rating on both the standrad and o-ring chains. When I replace my predators chain, I will definitely use one that is non o-ring, just for the fact that I hate messing with them stuping things every time the chain comes off, and I won't have to worry about using a o-ring safe lube. For maxium power transfer, non o-ring is the choice, with proper maintaince, it should last for quite some time.
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