chain replacement question
Hi all, newbie here, just pick up an 02 RC51 two weeks ago, mostly stock and can't help it but to start tinkering already.
The current chain seems fine but it's tight and the adjustment blocks are at the end of the swingarms, so I'll put a new chain and sprockets set on over the winter just in case. I'll do stock size 16/40 and 530/104.
My first question could be stupid and obvious. I counted the current chain and there are 53 plates. Does that mean it has 106 links? If I move the adjustment blocks back to the front, I think a 104 may fit? I did not count the teeth of the current sprockets. Someone here mentioned that a 104 may not fit.
The reason for the 104 is I found a DID 530 ZVMX chain and sprockets set which has 104 links and specified that it fits the RC51. Is the ZVMX an overkill? or the VX model will do just fine?
Lastly, when I press on the plate for the master rivet link, how far do I press in the plate before it becomes too tight? I notice these grooves on the chain tool pressing plates with different depth, should I rely on them?