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I was wondering if some people could shed some light on which 15T 530 series front sprocket is better than others. AFAM/Driven/JT/Pro-tek/renthal/sprocket specialist? Which would be the best for a STEEL front.

I have been looking on eBay and but i have no clue. Who else here sells 530 front sprockets for a good price?

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Adrian
 

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My advice would be to switch to a 520. Also, you really should replace all (chain, front and rear sprocket) as a set.

As far as the front all you have listed are good. A Renthal is going to be more pricey, but has a reputation for being very good. I'm currently using a Driven front that has served me well.

Steel is pretty much the standard. Titanium if you got the cash would be smart and last longest.
 

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Sunstar. They are OE specialists and the sprockets are second to one. I've used them on all my bikes for a long time and only have good things to say about them. usually the chain gets shot before their front sprockets wear out. :)
 

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the reason i am planning on sticking with the 530 is mainly becasue i am not really racing the bike and moresom just street driving the thing.

Second, i am moreso concerned with long life, and not weight savings.

Correct me if i am wrong, but from the reading i have done, it appears that the 520 chains are more purpose built for racers and do not have as long of a shelf life as a 530.

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The 520 should last just as long as long as you take care of it. At least that is what I hear. It's really hard to get any definitive answer because people take care of things differently. People who don't take care of their shit are quick to blame the fact that they had a 520 for why their chain lasted 1000 miles. The did evr3 I run has pretty good tensile strength, even more than some 530's. The reason why the OEM's all use 530's on the big bikes is that they can get the same tensile strenth for less money with a cheaper 530 chain.

The 520 is only skinnier, the pins are the same diameter, the plates are the same size. The only difference is that the pins aren't as wide and the sprockets are thinner.

I switched to 520 simply for the price.

Anyways, I have a vortex 15 tooth steel front somewhere in my garage. I think I put maybe 200-300 miles on it. Looks brand new. $10 shipped and it's yours. (edit so I'll stop getting PM's: the sprocket has already been sold and shipped to the OP)
 

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a high quality 520 will outlast the stock 530, and has plenty of tensile strength to withstand the power our bikes are putting down. i prefer DID erv3 chains, but the RK golds are really good and a good compromise for street use over the DID. as for sprockets, any of the steel fronts are relatively the same it just boils down to who you like. i was also a fan of the AFAM sprockets, but recently started using the Driven sprockets and i have no complaints with them. try reaching out for [email protected] and tell him i sent you. free shipping, and the best prices on chains and sprockets on the net. if you really are set on a 530 he can get that for you. but keep in mind you should change both sprockets and chain at the same time for equal wear characteristics.
 

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Another 520/530 war. I have mixed feeling about the whole thing. I had a DID ERV520 and I destroyed it in less than 5 thousand mi. I take care of all my stuff expecially my bikes. Tension checked all the time, cleaned, lubed the whole buisness. Maybe it was a bad chain. I now have a DID ZVM2 530 and waiting to see how long it lasts. I can tell a little difference between the two but it's not the end of the world. I think it boils down to personal preference. Good luck.:twocents
 

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Another 520/530 war. I have mixed feeling about the whole thing. I had a DID ERV520 and I destroyed it in less than 5 thousand mi. :twocents
That's weird. Something's not right there.

I run the cheaper DID 520 and I've had it on for years. I can't even remember when I installed it but it has close to 10k on it and it's fine.
 

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shelf life

it appears that the 520 chains are more purpose built for racers and do not have as long of a shelf life as a 530.
NOT! They would both last about the same side by side on a shelf!
If it is really moist up on the shelf the one with the best and most grease will last the longest!
Non O-ring chains are better, as o-rings may decay on a shelf after some ... years !
 

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That's weird. Something's not right there.

I run the cheaper DID 520 and I've had it on for years. I can't even remember when I installed it but it has close to 10k on it and it's fine.
That's what I keep hearing. I personally have never had that kind of problem with a chain. I did wear out a vortex rear sprocket in about 4 thousand mi. but that's how Vortex sprockets are being a piece of crap. Next time I'm going to try the DID 520ERV3 again and keep my fingers crossed
 

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I put 14,000+ track miles on an ERV3 520 chain on my 1000RR before I replaced it and I only replaced it because I changed gearing and needed a longer chain as it still had plenty of life in it.

DID now has a new 520 ZVM-X "street chain" too which is rated to 1200cc's by their standards. It weighs about .3 of a pound more than the ERV3 520
 

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I put 14,000+ track miles on an ERV3 520 chain on my 1000RR before I replaced it and I only replaced it because I changed gearing and needed a longer chain as it still had plenty of life in it.

DID now has a new 520 ZVM-X "street chain" too which is rated to 1200cc's by their standards. It weighs about .3 of a pound more than the ERV3 520

:wtf :wtf It had to be a faulty chain. I wish I hadn't bought this monster 530 chain but it's on their now. Maybe I can sell it to someone and get me a 520 set up again. 14,000 mi. is crazy for track mi. on any chain.
 

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yeah, ive put tons of hard track miles on my did's without ever any problems. it had to be a bad apple or some weird circumstance.

ive also had great luck with the vortex sprockets in the past and only replacing them for a change in gearing. never had one prematurely wear out.
 

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I have good luck with the stock Honda sprocket. I don't think a better one is available for the 51, and Ron Ayers lists them for $38. If a better one IS available, I'd like to know because I need to replace my chain and sprockets.
 

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Hi Miller, u want sell your Front size 15 (520) to me? Can shipped to Singapore?
 
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