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Waiting on a battery - amazon shipper running slow, so I changed plugs early & washed the k&n. Cleaned up my chain (sort of with wd 40), the only cleaning I've done to a chain in a long time - years long time. I run quality chain dirty, adjusted, and wet and get lots of miles out of sealed drive chain.

With all things from the olden tymes in mind, like growing up we just picked up whatever pump oil can was in the garage and gave the chain a dose, three times a year if it needed it or not, and these were not o-ring chains lithium lubed rivets & barrels.

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So that's how I'm going to run this vx3 chain, hit it once and a while with gear oil. Just enough to prevent rust, and leave the lube to DID. For curiosity and amusement.

Then I thought about all the years we ran chains with clip (split style) master links, and death and destruction did not run rampant. I happen to have a VX3 split master link on this current chain, why not give the split master a safety wire, just so I can say I've checked it out.

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That's double redundant safety wires - one can fail but there's always a backup.
 

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I must admit I miss the convenience of the split link chain. It was so easy to remove without any special tools, of course, you had to do it frequently to boil up the chain in a tin of grease on the stove since O-ring chains were in the future. Having said that I did lose the clip once on a Honda CB175 and had the chain drop onto the road - we knew about safety wire but: teenager (indestructible, it won't happen to me). I used to carry a spare clip, so ran back, picked up the chain and refitted it - I suppose I was lucky but at the time it was just annoying.:rolleyes:
 

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I got around 15,000 miles out of my O-ring chain and sprockets on my KLX650. I didn't lube it much, figure the sealed in grease would do the job, after all, it is the pins that wear and cause "chain stretch". Fact is I only adjusted the chain after tire changes. The chain would eventually get stiff links and I could see the sprockets developing the hook. Then I'd replace the chain and sprockets and run another roughly 15,000 miles.

O-ring chains were a God send for all of us but the racers, who still will run non-O-ring, because they have a fair amount of friction due to the O-rings, but they have no problem pulling the chain and cleaning it between races and may even have a couple chains to have a clean one ready to go. Kind of like air filters, having a couple to swap out.
 
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