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Nooovie
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...

http://ebay.motopartswholesale.net/prodimage/motopower/MOTO520103.jpg


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!

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150538036656&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT#ht_2000wt_1141

NHMike
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.

turbonate
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.

jamesgs4
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.

Nooovie
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?

Punkskalar
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.