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Feb 17th 2016, 10:32 PM   #1
  Jan 2016
  a House

ZX14 Chain ?

as the time has come and my chain is DOA....(33k on orig. chain!)

was wondering for them that have had or currently have a ZX14,
and if you have replaced your chain, what chain did you go with?
and why? well as how did it do for long haul?...did it last?....
wear out to soon?......sprockets replaced?

Feb 17th 2016, 11:27 PM   #2
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '16 KTM 690 Duke
I like RK chains. Always put the GXW-530 gold chains on my Busa. The GXW is their heaviest 530 chain.

FWIW, I have found that has the best prices on brand name kits and offer a variety of brands of chains and sprockets.
Feb 18th 2016, 08:12 AM   #3
 Slamster's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  Like I need Lessons
OEM got you 33k? I'd stick with OEM.
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Feb 18th 2016, 08:55 AM   #4
 dragracer1951's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  07 XB12 Buell Lightning
I'm a huge fan of RK as well.
I've had them on some pretty big HP bikes and never had a chain failure.
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Feb 18th 2016, 10:30 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
I got 29,950 miles from my ZX-14 OEM chain and steel sprockets. I replaced them with an RK GB530GXW chain, Sunstar #51617 front sprocket and Sunstar #2-540541 steel rear sprocket. Then, after 33,050 miles on that set, I replaced them with like units only because I was to go on an extended trip; the existing units still appeared to be in good shape.

I've used GB530GXW chains with steel sprockets on two Blackbirds, and my ZX-14, and have always gotten about 30,000 miles from them. It's important to get the GXW version, since that's the more-robust chain. Would recommend steel sprockets, rather than alloy.

I lube my chain after each day's ride, which serves to extend the life of the chain and sprockets.
Feb 18th 2016, 04:11 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016

Only get about 20K out of a chain on my 14. Recently replaced all the sprockets with an OEM up front (vulcanized rubber on the sprocket keeps it quiet) and went with a SuperSprox rear and DID chain. Always use DID for no particular reason then thats what I buy.

Sprocket center will cut the chain to the 116 links the ZX14 needs exactly so no cutting off any excess like most chains that come in 120 link lengths.

Really good CS there at SC. Did the KLR the same way but used SC lightened steel rear sprocket in a kit they sell.

Sprocket Center

PS: Always use steel sprockets like the other have mentioned.

Edited by GPD323 on Feb 18th 2016 at 04:14 PM
Feb 18th 2016, 06:32 PM   #7
 GPD323's Avatar
  Jan 2016

Originally Posted by Redkat600
I'm going to urge you to monitor that SuperSprox rear very carefully. A local here had one literally explode on his SV1000. There are other reports out there about them doing the same thing on other bikes, typically those with higher HP or torque.
Its an very thick aluminum hub with a steel drive gear. I have put on 5K miles on it so far. I have had no issues but thank you for the info.
Feb 18th 2016, 09:18 PM   #8
 equinity's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  2018 Tuono V4 1100 (street), 2020 ZX6R (race)
I had a Supersprox on my KTM and it had no issue with it. They're aluminum centers with steel teeth riveted to the center. Theoretically the rivets are the weakest part, their sheer modulus could be suspect in a high torque situation. If a rivet let go I could totally see the whole thing detonate.
Feb 18th 2016, 10:58 PM   #9
 Flyboymedic's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Multistrada Pikes Peak, VFR800, VStrom 650, TE 610
I've got a SuperSprox on my Husky 610 and never had any issues, but I have good throttle control to counteract the lack of cush hub and a 15T countershaft sprocket instead of 14T or even 13T.
Feb 19th 2016, 11:44 AM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Ferndale Washington

  ZX10-R GSXR 600 Track Bike
Originally Posted by GPD323
Its an very thick aluminum hub with a steel drive gear. I have put on 5K miles on it so far. I have had no issues but thank you for the info.
I agree with RedKat,Never heard anything good about them.I too will be following.......
Feb 19th 2016, 01:30 PM   #11
 GPD323's Avatar
  Jan 2016

I googled SS and had found a few bad reviews but overall good reviews, some come from as far back as 2003 that had issues. Personally mine looks absolutely perfect after 5k miles and appears to be no abnormal wear.

The slight sheen on the teeth is a oil residue reflection.

But, thanks for the info I will keep and eye out.


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