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Old 06-05-2011, 09:34 AM   #1
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What's the difference, and significance between an x-ring chain and an o-ring chain, or does it not really matter? What about the differences and significance of a belt drive versus a chain?
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Old 06-05-2011, 11:03 AM   #2
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Belt drive is low maintenance: don't have to oil it, don't have to adjust it, lasts a looong time, is quiet at speed, etc.

Chains: have to lube it, needs adjusting as it stretches, will wear out and need to be replaced along with the sprockets.

I don't know the diff between X and O ring chains though. I assume it has to do with the way the links are sealed (the "ring" part) and lubed from inside...
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The x-ring holds lube better within the pins...

Chain does have the advantage of being a bit narrower, making it an easier option for wider tires. Also, Chain swaps are easier, and more options for changing your ratios.

Lastly, if you use a good quality sprocket and take care of it, you can usually get two chains worth of use (assuming quality chains)

On a personal note, chain feels more lively to me, and has a certain sound that I like. To me, it just feels more alive to me.

You are 100% correct on the belt requiring less maintainence, which makes it a valuable option for many.

Shaft is also a good option for those who like high reliability and low maintainence
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To elaborate on X versus O, an x-ring gasket has double the sealing surfaces of an o-ring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O-ring#Other_seals
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Old 06-05-2011, 07:33 PM   #5
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Any real world differences in durability or longevity in a motorcycle chain application?

Any real world differences in performance in a motorcycle chain application?
(Like less measurable friction or drag)
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Old 06-05-2011, 07:52 PM   #6
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Yes, X-ring is better and longer lasting. DID makes great chains.
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:11 PM   #7
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Agree, o-ring chains are great. X-ring have proven even better. They seal out dirt better, and seal in lubricant better. Both makes for longer lasting chains. And to top it off, they are not much more, sometime no more at all, than a quality o-ring chain. The 520 Tsubaki X-ring chain I put on my XT350 was much less money than I expected to pay for a quality x-ring chain.

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