View Full Version : O-ring chain on eBay - any good?

01-20-2011, 11:47 AM
Hey guys, am coming to the point in my build where I'm gonna need a new chain for my TC Bros hardtailed 81 XS650 and came across this one on eBay. Now the price definitely seems attractive at $50 (roughly the same price as a non o-ring chain). Do you see any reason not to get it? Too cheap to be good?

Here are the specs...


Description / Notes:
"MotoPower Drive Chain -- O-RING CHAIN, GOLD -- A 530 heavy duty chain with 120 links; Clip-on master link included; Pitch distance 15.875 mm, roller width 10.16 mm, plate thickness 2.2 mm, pin diameter 5.24 mm and pin length 24.3 mm; Quality engineered for strength and durability with 8200 lbs. tensile strength; Roundness compatibility reduces friction and extended life chain; Distinctive color helps prevent corrosion; If necessary, chain can be easily shortened using a chain breaker or a bench grinder and punch; 1-year Motopower warranty."

Chain size : 530
Chain type : O-ring
Finish : Gold
Number of links : 120
Pitch distance : 15.875 mm
Roller width : 10.16 mm
Pin diameter : 5.24 mm
Pin length : 24.3 mm
Plate thickness : 2.2 mm
Tensile strength : 8200 lbs.
Warranty : 1-year Motopower warranty
Master link type : Clip-on
Condition : New
Brand New in the Box - Fit and Quality Guaranteed!


01-20-2011, 12:00 PM
I want to say that I bought one of those before and it sucked.

With Chains I really feel you get what you pay for. However, that being said, I've got a Lowbrow (non-O ring) on mine now and it's top notch.

01-20-2011, 12:05 PM
you will never think you spent too much on a chain when you aren't having trouble with it, when a cheap chain gives you trouble ( and it will ) you will wish you had came off of a little more loot when you bought it.

01-20-2011, 2:00 PM
I has the opposite experience, my expensive DID chain got thrown and left me stranded, and my cheap ebay o-ring chain is still going strong two years later.

01-20-2011, 11:21 PM
Well that's exactly my dilemma... I wonder if the chains TC Bros (or Lowbrow) sell are a brand name or they from the same supplier as these eBay guys? I don't feel like gambling with my ass for some $50 but these days everything is made in China anyway and then put in pretty boxes locally... Dilemma

What are some reputable brands you guys are running on your rides?

01-22-2011, 5:15 PM
Running the cheapest non o-ring chain I could find. 10,000 + Miles and lots of throttle drops and abuse... Its still good to go.