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Chain problem

I'm pretty good about keeping my chain properly clean and lubed. I think the longest I've gone with this chain is 400 miles or so.
But this chain is only about 1 year old. It's a DID ERV3-X ring chain.
Apparently the oring isn't round, a cutaway looks more like a fat X than an O.
Mine appear to be breaking apart.
I guess that's what I'm seeing here.

What do you guys think?




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You need a new chain dude....obviously, the o-rings were working dry enough to overheat and be torn apart.


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I just bought one.
Maybe my Motorex chain lube isn't as good as I thought?
Or maybe the x-rings don't hold up to the DX330 cleaner I use on all past traditional oring chains?

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Ya something broke down the o-rings...a solvent in the cleaner perhaps? I've seen that when guys use WD-40 as a lube.

The o-rings are there to keep out dirt and to keep the factory lube in...if it was me and the chain was bought recently, I'd just run it until it was done.

Just keep an eye on it and replace it when it starts to get questionable. When I started riding there really wasn't any o-ring chains had no issues then.



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A piece of advice to all my customers and friends

Cleaning the chain: use only diesel fuel or WD-40 and a toothbrush. Commercial chain cleaners are made that way so that they destroy the chains and make you buy a new one. Simple as that.

Chain lube: After testing more that 20 different lubes I came down to this



Colorless, very sticky so that it won't go on your plastics......just give it half an hour after application to dry on the chain and then ride. You only have to use it on the o-rings and not on the whole chain.

My CBR's chain, lasted for 130.000km with that kind of treatment. My RC's chain is the 2000's OEM one and it has 45.000km on it....still haven't adjusted it more back from the factory's setting.

All of these are just my opinion.......but it works. And as cheap as it can get!


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1 post says WD40 breaks down the rubber o-rings ... next post says to use WD40 to clean 'em ... am I missing something, or just two differing opinions?
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Here in the US, WD40 changed their formula some 10 or 15 years ago.
I know this because we used to use it as an explosive charge in our potato guns. (remember those? )
But it's not flammable anymore. We had to switch to carb cleaner to fire the potato guns.
So I have no idea if the US spec WD40 has solvents that weaken rubber...
I don't use it.

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1 post says WD40 breaks down the rubber o-rings ... next post says to use WD40 to clean 'em ... am I missing something, or just two differing opinions?
If you're referring to me, I never said that WD-40 brakes down the chain's o-rings. On the contrary it lubs them the most
I've been cleaning my chain with WD-40 for over 10 years and a shoot a video with it too.


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If you're referring to me, I never said that WD-40 brakes down the chain's o-rings. On the contrary it lubs them the most
I've been cleaning my chain with WD-40 for over 10 years and a shoot a video with it too.
No-no ... you said WD40 is OK ... 'nobody' implied that WD40 breaks down the o-rings.

Maybe WD40's formula is different in various parts of the world.
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Oh ok......even though I doubt it......

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Ya something broke down the o-rings...a solvent in the cleaner perhaps? I've seen that when guys use WD-40 as a lube.

The o-rings are there to keep out dirt and to keep the factory lube in...if it was me and the chain was bought recently, I'd just run it until it was done.

Just keep an eye on it and replace it when it starts to get questionable. When I started riding there really wasn't any o-ring chains had no issues then.
From what I understand, Nobody says that it is NOT suitable for lubrication.

I agree to that.

it is suitable for cleaning the chain, then wipe it clean, of the WD-40, and apply the silicon chain lub rattle can......I believe that's what he suggests. And I agree to that 100%


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