What to do?

5 replies to this topic
  • rockieman

Posted April 20, 2005 - 09:43 AM


I replaced my chain and sprockets over the winter and put on a new chain guide from TM Designworks. The DID 530 VM chain that I put on my 400 is so wide that it does not clear the new chain guide. What should I do? It's made out of a very tuff plastic...not sure how difficult it would be to shave some of it off. Does the Fredette chain guide offer more clearance? The OEM guide did not work either.

  • endurodog

Posted April 20, 2005 - 11:11 AM


Does the chain not fit at all or is it tight. I have put on new guides that are tight and after a bit of riding they wear in. If it doesn't fit at all thats another issue.

  • Jackazz

Posted April 20, 2005 - 11:23 AM


Rockie, why'd you go with a 530 instead of a 520?

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  • rockieman

Posted April 20, 2005 - 04:02 PM


The chain will actually fit in the guide but there is virtually no slide when I hold it in my hand and spin the tire. My concern lies with potentially damaging the chain if I stick with this slide. I guess it's plastic and will likely wear out pretty quickly....I went with the TM because it is plastic and figured it would give a little more than an aluminum one. I went with the 530 chain primarily based on the positive feedback from this forum. I did confirm that Fredette or Moose guide is 10mm wider which is more than enough.
Thanks for the feedback guys

  • Indy_WR450

Posted April 20, 2005 - 04:36 PM


520 is plenty of chain! You will never need the strength of the 530 and the wear will be about the same. :naughty:

  • jwriott

Posted April 20, 2005 - 05:08 PM


I'm also wondering about the 530 chain. My CBR900RR came with a 530 and the common upgrade is to go to a 520 kit and that's putting out 120 hp to the rear wheel.


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