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cherrypicker7

Chain and Chain Guard Replacement

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Just put new sprockets and chain on my 05 WR450. Looks like these were the originals or at least had been replaced with OEM. Never seen a CS sprocket like that before. In any case been looking at the plastic/ rubber chain guide and swingarm protectors and was floored when I saw how much Yamaha wants, checked in to TMD, and their replacement guide runs almost $90. The chain I replaced has the trad master link with clip and I can see already that it is wearing as are the sideplates and rivet ends of the chain. I am beginning to wish that I had gone with a pressed on master and some more expensive chain, even though this is another 0-ring. Any advice about the guide, protector or chain? Thanks Ron

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All the o-ring chains are pretty much the same overall width so will get rubbing on the clip and rivets regardless, change the link once a year and you'll be fine. The exception would be that DID makes an expensive "narrow" oring chain. I don't care of the rivet links because it makes getting the swingarm off a PITA. The TMD chain guides are very good and worth the money IMO, if want a cheap OEM replacement I think MSR or Tusk makes them also.

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