Maintenance and FAQ

All product regardless of brand will require maintenance.  Below is the FAQ that we receive.  If your question is not shown, please feel free to use our live chat feature or simply email or call us direct.  We are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have.

  • How Should I Maintain My Sealed Chain?

    All motorcycle chain regardless of brand is a consumable product; which means that it will not last forever and will eventually need to be replaced.  RK Chain suggests that chains need to be replaced every 20,000 miles and every 3,000 miles for non-sealed chains. You should also change both the front and rear sprocket whenever you replace the 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 a wire brush or hard bristle brush to clean a sealed chain. The wire or hard bristles can 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 and or water from the chain. RK recommends that you then follow up with a quality chain lubricant designed for sealed chains while the the chain is still warm.

     

    DO NOT USE KEROSENE OR WD40 ON A SEALED CHAIN!

  • How Should I Maintain My Non-Sealed Chain?

    All motorcycle chain regardless of brand is a consumable product; which means that it will not last forever and will eventually need to be replaced.  RK Chain suggests that chains need to be replaced every 20,000 miles and every 3,000 miles for non-sealed chains. You should also change both the front and rear sprocket whenever you replace the chain.

     

    Cleaning a non sealed chain is the same as a sealed chain. RK Chain recommends cleaning a non-sealed chain with only a mineral based O ring safe chain cleaner. Do not use kerosene or motor oil because this can damage the seals and reduce the life of the chain. RK recommends that you douse a rag with the mineral based O ring cleaner and wipe the dirt off the chain.

     

    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 and apply to the chain while the chain is till warm.

  • RK Chain Limited Warranty Info

    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 chain 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 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. NO rust, corrosion, or other signs of neglect.
    5. Warranty does NOT cover contingent damages.

     

    See warranty card for complete details.

  • Will I Need Special Tools For Chain Installation?

    We recommend that every RK Chain be installed using a chain tool. Some tools, like the RK Chain tool 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 and may void any warranty.

  • 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.

  • Will I Lose Horsepower By Running A Sealed Chain?

    The answer is yes and no. It is true that initially non-sealed chains do produce less friction when compared to sealed chains.

     

    However as time/rpm increase, sealed-ring chains significantly outperform non-sealed chains.

     

    During normal use chains heat up and expand; this expansion can create friction resulting in horsepower loss. Due to the increased internal lubrication of sealed-ring chains, friction is reduced, allowing the chain to more freely transfer horsepower to the ground.

  • Why Does RK Have So Many Sealed Ring Chains?

    RK currently has five types of sealed-ring chains and each has its own features and benefits.  After several years of development, RK produced the RX and XW-Seals which drastically improved the chain life and performance.

    As racing expanded into several different genres, RK added the ultra thin U-Ring and UW-Ring.  Each seal is specifically designed for a particular use to provide the ultimate in rotating efficiency while providing longer wear life of the chain.

  • Why Should I Choose an RK Sealed Ring Chain?

    1. A sealed chain will last longer.  That saves you money in the long-run.

    2. Absorbs torque and improves acceleration

     

    RK's sealed ring chains offer less torsional friction and increased high-stress, high-speed performance. From the beginning of a race to the end; RK's sealed ring chains deliver more consistent horsepower to the ground than non-sealed chains.

     

    The nitrile butadiene seals ensure that lubrication stays inside the chain while keeping dust and dirt out. Most RK Chain seals have lubrication pools that protect against high speed abrasion, heat buildup, torsional flex and loss of lubricant under extreme conditions, resulting in longer life for the chain and sprockets.

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  • How Should I Clean My Anodized Rims?

    Rims that have been anodized require special care.  DO NOT USE SIMPLE GREEN ON ANODIZED RIMS!  Simple green will strip the anodizing color away from the rim surface.

     

    Wash rims with a PH balanced soap (shampoo) using a gentle rag and rise with water thoroughly. It is NOT recommended to use a pressure washer to clean rims.

  • 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.

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