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Old 12 Jan 2014
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XT 600 chain slide (roller): any better options?

Hey guys,

after a suspension raise (25mm added to the shock length) my chain slide roller worn out very quickly. It was used, etc., so I thought a new one will solve the problem, probably.

So now I have changed all the chain slides. But this new one is still (quite often) coming off it's inner metal ring. The roller-slide is too narrow for it's place (between the frame and a metal guide on the swingarm), I think, so it has too much space and it often gets "sideways" compared to the position of the chain.

What I'm thinking about is - are there any other, better, options for this chain slide? Because the new one I've installed will get worn out pretty quickly too (especially if it gets sideways and gets stuck).
Maybe ~5mm wider bronze slide (custom made) would do a better job? With a special "U" shaped "track" for the chain?

Any ideas? Anyone with the same problem after the suspension raise?

This is the roller I'm talking about:

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Larger rear sprocket may get chain away from dragging across plastic guide quite so hard,the lower one can also be a problem when the suspension unloads,its possible for chain to trap between roller and swingarm..
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Larger sprocket won't solve the problem, and it's not the solution I would be looking for.
And the lower chain roller is okay, no wear or damage.
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I bought one of those a few months ago but haven't put it in yet tho.....
(I've been riding on top of the metal ring for about 1000km now )

You can take that one out and have some one machine one in a high durometer "nylon" material with a rating of 96A to 103A or over if you can find it!

btw, bronze won't work! it'll wear out probably even faster than that red slider!
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My 2003 model uses another chainslider, but I had a friend of mine machine a ring out of plastic/POM. Its been pretty sturdy.
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Thanks for the tip, guys! I thought about making it out of other, tougher, plastic, but didn't know what material to use. A skateboard wheel might do the job if it's large enough
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