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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 2019, 8:40 pm Thread Starter
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New D.I.D. chain stinks

I took delivery today of a DID 525 x 106 Links VX Pro-Street Series Xring Sealed Natural Drive Chain for my Triumph TT600. After installation and adjustment I have .75" of play at the tight spot and 1.5" of play at the loosest spot. I've made a complaint to D.I.D. and will post a followup. I'm extremely unhappy right now.

Has anyone else encountered this? i installed the same chain but in 530 on my Suzuki SV1000S last year. It's been run about 3K miles and has almost uniform free play at any point on the chain.
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post #2 of 53 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 2019, 9:26 pm
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Are you sure its the chain? Did you put a new sprocket / countersprocket in too? Drivetrain components wear into each other which is why it's recommend to change everything at the same time.
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I used to find that issue when I bought Diamond brand chain off the spool at the farm store, but not on name brand pre stretched chain. Although it could be sprocket wear it seems like that would have to be pretty worn to cause that much difference ? Do your sprockets look worn ?
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I have installed a lot of DID chains, and I have never encountered that issue. I have only installed the chains with new quality sprockets, however.

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I guess you could have got a bad chain with the outsourcing of everything everywhere these days, but something sounds off here. I've run DID chains for years with nothing more than normal wear and tear.

I would recount the number of links to make sure you didn't receive an extra one. I would recheck your chain adjuster to make sure it didn't get loose and slip. I would recheck the measurement parameters for your particular bike. And as posted previously, if you didn't change the sprockets at the same time, that can be factor.

Barring that, it sounds like you got a chain that was put together with rubber bands.

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post #6 of 53 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 2019, 12:26 pm
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How's your chain installing skills?

I highly doubt a DID chain would have that kind of variance. More likely its sprocket wear or a tight side plate on the master link.

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Where did you purchase the chain? Is the tight spot at the master link?
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post #8 of 53 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 2019, 7:53 pm
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When I said I havenít gotten a bad chain in a long time I wasnít inferring it couldnít happen. Anyone who thinks a good company canít make a bad part has never worked in a factory. If youíre sure itís the chain, send it back.

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post #9 of 53 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2019, 7:41 pm
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Yea, DID is a POS chain. Replacing my ZX11 DID with a new DID ZVMX Gold. Only was able to get 29,000 miles out of my last one. Junk

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post #10 of 53 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2019, 8:50 pm
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i'd assume it's the sprockets. although i have seen a few bent output shafts.

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