Timing chain advice please.

I'm going to change out my timing chain this winter. Just wondering what the comon opinion here is. should I go aftermarket or OEM Yamaha?

i would say go oem and ive seen gray say the same every time

I apologize.:smirk:

I apologize.:smirk:
...for...?
...for...?

For the time you wasted posting a link to a thread I could have searched for.

you can get the oem on thumpertalk for around 16 buck the pro x is around 70 on rockymountainmc.com

you can get the oem on thumpertalk for around 16 buck the pro x is around 70 on rockymountainmc.com
And to elaborate on that a bit, let me say this:

To me, what you get for sure out of buying the Pro X is that you know absolutely who the vendor is. With an OEM chain, you don't, and it's pretty certain that you never will. Now, I very seriously doubt that the Pro X specification is any better than what Yamaha asked their vendor for, but there is a strong likelihood that Yamaha got less than they asked for from that vendor for at least some of the chains delivered them between late '06 and '08.

If you are a component vendor, and you want to continue to do business with ANY major Japanese manufacturer, supplying them a big batch of substandard stuff is not a long term strategy for success, and if that was what happened with the cam chains, I am very confident that Yamaha has probably already taken action on the matter.

Could Borg-Warner, Japan build a bad chain? Of course they could. Their reputation, however does not suggest that they will, though.

So, here it is. If your confidence in the OEM chain is at an uncomfortable level, and it's worth $50-70 to get it back, then the Pro X chain is what you should use. Otherwise, there shouldn't really be that big a difference.

where can you get a chain for 16bucks i ordered an oem one from the tt store and it was about 40 bucks.

where can you get a chain for 16bucks i ordered an oem one from the tt store and it was about 40 bucks.
That's because you don't own a 450.

Yeah, I just ordered on tonight And it was 16 bucks.

And to elaborate on that a bit, let me say this:

To me, what you get for sure out of buying the Pro X is that you know absolutely who the vendor is. With an OEM chain, you don't, and it's pretty certain that you never will. Now, I very seriously doubt that the Pro X specification is any better than what Yamaha asked their vendor for, but there is a strong likelihood that Yamaha got less than they asked for from that vendor for at least some of the chains delivered them between late '06 and '08.

If you are a component vendor, and you want to continue to do business with ANY major Japanese manufacturer, supplying them a big batch of substandard stuff is not a long term strategy for success, and if that was what happened with the cam chains, I am very confident that Yamaha has probably already taken action on the matter.

Could Borg-Warner, Japan build a bad chain? Of course they could. Their reputation, however does not suggest that they will, though.

So, here it is. If your confidence in the OEM chain is at an uncomfortable level, and it's worth $50-70 to get it back, then the Pro X chain is what you should use. Otherwise, there shouldn't really be that big a difference.

Thanks! That answers any question I had on the subject.

I do love when you "elaborate". :smirk: You always shed light on a topic and at the same time usually answer questions I wasn't even aware that I had!:ride:

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now