Maintenance and Tips

 

How Should I Maintain My Sealed Chain?

How Should I Maintain My Non-Sealed Chain?

Tell Me About RK's Sealed Chain Warranty.

Will I Need Any Special Tools to Install My New Chain?

How Much Should I Flare The Rivet Pin When Installing A Rivet Connecting Link?

How Should I Clean My Anodized Rims?

My Rim Has Small Cracks Near The Nipples, What Caused This?

My Product Was Shipped in a Amazon Box, Do you sell through Amazon?

 

 

How Should I Maintain My Sealed Chain?

 

RK Chain recommends cleaning a sealed chain with only a mineral based O-Ring safe chain cleaner.  Do not use kerosene or motor oil because that can damage the seals.  RK recommends that you douse a rag with the mineral based O-ring cleaner and wipe the dirt off the chain.  Do not use wire or hard bristle brushes to clean a sealed chain.  The wire or hard bristle bristles can catch or damage the seals reducing the life of the chain.  RK Chain recommends that after cleaning the chain and before lubrication, go for a short ride around the block to remove most of the chain cleaner from the chain. RK recommends that you then follow up with a quality chain lubricant designed for sealed chains while the chain is still warm.

 

DO NOT USE KEROSENE OR WD-40 on a sealed chain!!

 

 

How Should I Maintain My Non-Sealed Chain?

 

Cleaning a non-sealed chain is the same as a sealed chain.  RK Chain recommends cleaning a sealed chain with only a mineral based O-Ring safe chain cleaner.  Do not use kerosene or motor oil because that can damage the seals.  RK recommends that you douse a rag with the mineral based O-ring cleaner and wipe the dirt off the chain.  Do not use wire or hard bristle brushes to clean a sealed chain.  The wire or hard bristle bristles can catch or damage the seals reducing the life of the chain.  RK Chain recommends that after cleaning the chain and before lubrication, go for a short ride around the block to remove most of the chain cleaner from the chain. RK recommends that you then follow up with a quality chain lubricant designed for sealed chains while the chain is still warm.

 

 

 

Tell Me About RK's Sealed Chain Warranty.

 

RK Chain has an exclusive warranty on all sealed chains NOT used for racing purposes. For street sealed chains NOT used in racing there will be a pro-rated 20,000 mile warranty. For off-road sealed chains NOT used for racing there is a 1-year pro-rated warranty. There are some stipulations to the warranty. For complete information see the warranty card that was included with your RK Sealed Chain.

 

1. Racing will VOID warranty

2. Chain must be appropriate for the motorcycle

3. Chain must have been installed correctly and with drive system properly aligned

4. Chain must have been maintained (rust, corrosion and other signs of neglect will void warranty)

5. Warranty does NOT cover contingent damges - See warranty card for complete details

 

 

 

Will I Need Any Special Tools to Install My New Chain?

 

We recommend that every RK Chain be installed using a chain tool. Some tools, like RK’s UCT2100, combine all the parts needed to break the chain, cut it to length and clip or rivet the connecting link. Using tools that weren't designed for chain installation and/or removal may damage your chain and/or cause a dangerous situation.

 

 

How Much Should I Flare The Rivet Pin When Installing A Rivet Connecting Link?

 

The flare can be as little as 0.152mm to 0.5mm but should never be over 0.7mm. The rivet pin should be flared just enough to keep the sideplate on, but not flared too much to bind the link. When using the RK Chain Press-Fit/Rivet Tool you should be able to feel when you've reached the right flare. Below are examples of a good rivet link installation and an example of a bad rivet installation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Should I Clean My Anodized Rims?

 

Rims that have been anodized require special care. DO NOT USE SIMPLE GREEN® ON ANODIZED RIMS! Wash rims with a PH balanced soap (shampoo) using a gentle rag and rise thoroughly. Do not use a pressure washer.

 

 

 

My Rim Has Small Cracks Near The Nipples, What Caused This?

 

Cracks around the nipple holes indicate over-tightening of the spoke and nipples. Nipples should never be over tightened. Whenever you lace or true rims Excel always recommends using a spoke torque wrench. You can maximize your wheel strength by torquing the spokes/nipples to the appropriate specifications suggested by the manufacturer. Excel produces an adjustable torque wrench designed to tighten your nipples to the appropriate specs. See the Excel section of our website for details.

 

 

My Packaged Arrived in an Amazon Box. Do You Sell Through Amazon?

 

Here are RK Excel America Inc, we are environmentally conscious.  In order to minimize the impact on our environment, we recycle boxes that are shipped to our facility. Therefore you may receive your package in a recycled box that may or may not have Amazon labeling tape.  However RK Excel America does NOT sell any product directly to Amazon.

 

 

 

If you have any questions that aren't answered here, please feel free to contact us!