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Britt




PostSubject: Chain length after sprocket change   Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:28 pm

I bought a WRR that came with a 12T front sprocket.  I put a 13T on it today.



The chain adjustment is now like so:


Chain tension seems fine, and it makes me think a link or two were taken out of the chain.  Any harm in riding it this way?
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Fiftygrit

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PostSubject: Re: Chain length after sprocket change   Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:36 pm

No as long as the chain is adjusted right, cheer`s
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morgan9283




PostSubject: Re: Chain length after sprocket change   Tue Mar 24, 2015 1:35 pm

Fiftygrit wrote:
No as long as the chain is adjusted right, cheer`s

+1

-morgan
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Old Blue




PostSubject: Re: Chain length after sprocket change   Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:06 am

That's the way mine looked brand new, had to move the axle forward a little because I felt the chain was too tight. Likely you still have the stock length chain on your bike.
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Britt




PostSubject: Re: Chain length after sprocket change   Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:33 am

I have to say that after changing the sprocket back to OEM size I like the lower RPM's and less frequent shifting. However in top gear at 50 mph or higher, it sure does struggle up slight inclines unless I downshift a gear or two. Gearing on a small displacement bike is certainly important!

I've read that going smaller on the front accelerates chain slider wear so I'm not sure I'd change it back. I'm wondering if I should go a bit larger in back. Guess I need to put some more miles on it and decide...
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Old Blue




PostSubject: Re: Chain length after sprocket change   Thu Apr 02, 2015 2:09 pm

How is your chain slider look now? Do you still have the stock 43 tooth sprocket on the back? I just ordered a 12 tooth and will try it to see if I like it. I'm pretty sure that if I keep the chain tension on the loose side I won't have any issues. If the gear ratio works for me, I will check the gear ratio chart on this forum and go back to a 13 and maybe a 46 47 or 48 for the back.
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Fiftygrit

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PostSubject: Re: Chain length after sprocket change   Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:20 pm

Im going to go 13-47 on mine, think it will be the best all around, and a 112 link chain.
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mcdoudlehopper

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PostSubject: Re: Chain length after sprocket change   Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:59 pm

cheers 13-47 cheers maybe even 48 unless you do more on the tarmac.
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PostSubject: Re: Chain length after sprocket change   Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:54 pm

I went with the 48t on the back and because i saw them silly cheap bought a 12 and 14 front. I was worried I would have problems on the highway. I do burn more gas, although its tough to guess what my mileage is now that I'm not even 100% sure of my speed, but I was leaving my buddy on the DL650 and a new found friend on a 400 in my dust a couple weeks ago. Tippety top speed approximately 92-93.

I might put the 14t on the front just to save a little gas but I have plenty of top end. Do not fear the WOT thumb

Unless you have knobbies, like I do, then for gods sake be careful cuz she gets to be a squirrelly bugger!
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PostSubject: Re: Chain length after sprocket change   Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:03 pm

Check the rear tire to mudflap clearance. As long as you are not wearing a hole through the mudflap you would be ok.
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