What's the difference between a 420 and a 428 chain?

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  1. snb73

    snb73 Rookie DRN Member

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    I just purchased a used 2003 KX-100 for my son's second bike. He is 12 and stepping up from an XR-100.

    I was on my way to the dealer to buy some spare plugs and masterlinks. I decided to check the chain on the bike before heading out, it's a 428. Kawasaki's web site, and a few others state that the stock chain size is 420. I realize the previous owner may have changed the chain/sprockets.

    His XR-100 takes a 428 chain too. I guess I could just use those master links.

    What is the difference between the two sizes? Is the 428 bigger (thicker) than the 420?

    Thanks, Steve.


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  2. CAL

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    A 428 should have a higher tensile strength than a 420. I would assume that if it has a 428 on it and there are no problems, that you could replace with a 428 and be better off than with a 420.
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    420NZ Pin Length 16.65mm, Roller Dia. 7.77mm, Plate thickness 1.8mm

    428NZ Pin legth 18.90mm, Roller Dia. 8.50mm, Plate thickness 2.0mm

    Both chains have a pitch length of 1/2" but are different size chains.
    There is only ~700lbs. difference in the tensile strength of the two, due to the bigger plates on the 428.

    Buy the chain that your sprocket is made for.

    Some KX-100's have 420's, others have 428's. You were told correctly.
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  4. motometal

    motometal Lifetime Sponsor

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    I have owned a KX-100 with a 420 chain, and another with a 428, and trust me...you are better off with the 428. The 420 is simply too wimpy for the power output of this bike, particularly when hauling around an adult (me). I found that the chain (420) wore enough to need adjustment almost every ride, even with proper lubing. This is/was truly one of the few weak spots of this bike.

    What else? The fork springs are wimpy, and the cooling system is marginal...the bike will overheat if pushed hard enough. A higher pressure radiator cap helps.

    Otherwise, congrats on owning a great bike! :yeehaw:
  5. kelseybrent

    kelseybrent Rookie DRN Member

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    8, but I'm no math major ;)



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