What is the difference in an o-ring, x-ring, and z-ring chain? i have an 08 yfz 450 that i mostly ride in sand and mud, what would you recomend?
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27 days ago
Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
O-ring, x-ring and z-ring define how the chain is sealed around the links of the chain. A regular chain (non o-ring) simply has the links connected normally. Use must remove, clean, and oil this chain frequently. An o-ring chain uses tiny o-rings around the pivot points to seal in lubrication. An x-ring and z-ring chain are variants of the o-ring chain that use specially shaped "o-rings" to seal the chain.
Some people say that any type of sealed chain (o,x or z-ring) will rob power from your bike. But, I ride a KX250F with an o-ring chain and to me the power loss is so small it's insignificant. My experience has been that an o-ring chain last a lot longer and requires much less adjusting and cleaning and lubricating.
If I was riding motocross/supercross I would use a regular non-sealed chain. If I was riding woods, I would use an o-ring chain. I've never tried the x-ring chain (cause the o-ring works so well) and a z-ring is mostly for sport bikes I think.
Hope this helps!
26 days ago
Location: Portland, OR, USA
The main difference between the chains are the sealing rings. The o-ring chain only has one sealing lip, an x-ring chain has 2 sealing lips, and the z-ring chains have a new style ring the fits the rollers better and also has 2 sealing lips. If you are riding in the sand and mud i would recommend any of these as none of them are specific to dirt bikes, atvs and sport bikes. However each chain should have the same maintenance. Just because it seals better internally doesn't mean the chain the chain doesn't need to be cleaned or lubed. A dirty or dry chain will wear out your sprockets much quicker. Not to mention it will cause excess drag and wear out the chain sliders and guides also. For your application any of the 3 chains in a 520 pitch work out great. Just make sure to absolutely keep them clean and lubed. Silkolene has a light lube that will work well and not attract a lot of sand.