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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:20 pm

xcel wrote:
Hi Ed29:

I cannot thank you enough for the terrific advice and for taking the time to snap the pics earlier this morning. I would have never considered a non O-Ring chain and it adds yet another possible addition to my list of minor modifications for a Project bike.

Now that I know a 16 “can” be installed and I am assuming a 38 can be installed in the rear without tearing up the chain guard and swing arm hopefully, I based my latest RPM/MPH around the stock 140/70x17 BW. When I did the calc’s for an upsized 140x80x17 rear tire, the ability of the .25 L to run at just 5K while pulling 66 mph seemed really suspect so I dropped it. Using the stock rear wheel/tire combination, the result yielded 4K at 50 mph and 5K at 63 mph in 6th. I am guessing but the WRX should be able to drive the bike to 55 + mph at approximately 4,500 RPM with a minor head wind from right rear quarter through a straight on head wind to a left rear quartering wind in the flats? And a gear or two drop for any higher speed slab, higher headwinds and inevitable climbs over the Rockies and Sierra Nevada's if I were to take this bike out West of course.
While it is your bike and your money, and what you do with both is entirely your affair, the entire project seems lost on me, even if I was all about "hypermileage".

You're looking at doing this to a platform bike that is carrying a lot of extra weight in front and rear suspension to make it capable of aggressive riding (within it's dual sport usage) - a use that is diametrically opposed to obtaining high mileage. Not to mention it's tall, no windscreen or fairing, etc. It's roughly like trying to get high mileage out of a Dodge Viper. There are already high mileage two wheeled vehicles out there already. Most are of much less displacement; the best are commonly referred to as "scooters". A WR250 will never touch them for mileage capability.

Given that 6th gear is already so tall that it is frequently useless (I can't pull even a moderate hill at highway speeds in 6th gear without lugging the crap out of the engine), it seems to me the gearing you are proposing is going to leave you with useless gears. This is a motor that likes to rev to make power, and your gearing would have 55mph coming from 4300 rpm.

Will the bike maintain 55mph at 4350 rpm in 6th gear? Even without the smallest of headwinds? And do it economically, without having the throttle to the stops to try and get it to 55mph in 6th gear? Ummmm... maybe, but I doubt it. I suspect you might be reaching down to 4th and 5th - just to get the equivalent of the stock setup.

Anyways, sprockets are relatively cheap, as is chain. May as well go down a chain size while you're replacing sprockets. It's not like you'll be putting a big load on the chain or anything while striving for hyper mileage.
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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:30 pm

Hi Jager:

Thanks for your input and I can only speculate as to the WR’s capabilities given my SF experience in LA a few months ago and my less than 5-minutes on a WR while riding through VT on an F 800 GS about this time last year.

[OT Ride Report Begin]



While riding our preplanned route back to NJ from the Canadian border, I saw this lone WR rider in an empty school parking lot and decided we simply had to stop in and say hello Although I do not remember his name (I have them in last year's review vehicle notes somewhere), he was practicing for his Vermont Motorcycle Drivers License test in the empty open space. He allowed me to ride his WR and I allowed him to take the 800 GS within the confines of the expansive open asphalt lot. It was really a change of pace given we were 100-miles into a 400-mile day on a brand new GS and RT and the diversion like most was well worth the time and effort. [OT Ride Report End]

I will tend to disagree with your assessment regarding the WR’s capabilities and especially when it comes to comparison to a scooter. Taking a scooter off-road or down the Interstate is not what I consider a worthwhile endeavor. I do however know of a couple out of Olympia Washington that will be taking a Vespa GT250 around the country on a 5-week adventure ride beginning this May!

Currently, Kawasaki is considering shipping an S into the Midwest for a long-term review and then allowing a 100 mpg Adventure Tourer project bike to be created afterwards. I will have to return it back to OEM stock afterwards of course but have my fingers crossed given Yamaha has not responded back as of this writing. Meaning it may be later this fall during my next scheduled trip to LA before I will be able to ride a WR/WX possibly?

I reviewed the SF on a somewhat lengthy section of I-5 heading out of LA w/ > 100 mpg results and its less powerful engine in sixth gear is geared slightly taller than the WR and WX in OEM configuration according to the back of the envelope calc's and tech specs.

WR 250X – 9.26 mph/1,000 RPM
WR 250R – 9.44 mph/1,000 RPM
KLX 250SF – 9.70 mph/1,000 RPM

With some work, the OEM lower geared WR “may” be capable of nearly matching the S/SF’s FE with a its g/kW fuel consumed/per given output at partial throttle (BMEP) being a little more expansive thanks to the more modern EFI equipped mill.

In addition, the project bike would include more yet still very minor fuel saving and ergonomic additions then the items you described above. As we all know, beating oneself out on the slab for 10 + hours a day with a naked dual sport and OEM seating is not for the faint of heart. I am a touch over 6’ myself and the WR with its tall legs may be one of the most potent Adventure Tourer’s available when it comes to a small environmental footprint along with its reliability and ability to transport oneself to locations no one has ever tread before. Reading some of the thousands of posts from the WR/S owners in the WR, S and ADV forums is a testament to the WR/S’s capabilities vs. the much larger displacement Asian and European Dual sport and Touring bikes I have ridden in the past.

BMW has their GS bikes tuned for an over the top amount of HP while offering excellent range thanks to both large capacity tanks and engines that are as efficient as they are desirable (F 800 GS – 85 HP at the crank and 62 mpg at a steady state 55 mph) but you have to pay the piper to play in the big displacement realm and there is no chance for 100 mpg vs. the WR’s prospects along the same route.

I cannot wait to ride a WR/WX for a lengthy period given the interesting online discussions you and others have had and contributed to over the past few years.

My only concern regarding the WR’s FE capability is its lack of lower RPM pull according to some of the Ride Reports from those comparing the WR/WX to the S/SF’s directly. Anything between 4 and 5,500K at 50 to 65 mph (hence that 16T CS is required here) and some minor additions (think of it like a "player to be named later" sort of thing ) should prove to be an interesting experience. For me at least...

As I typed this up, some farkles arrived in the form of an Open Loop - Great Basin Saddlebag + Fandango Tank Bag. The most aerodynamic yet large capacity soft bags I could find. Thank you Harold Cecil of Open Loop!

Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG
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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:07 pm

I seem to remember a fabulous walkthrough on changing your front sprocket somewhere (here? monster thread? wrrdualsport?) but can't seem to find it.

It all seems simple enough but I'm stuck on removing the drive sprocket nut - I assume I need to pull those indentations out, any tips on how to do that? If I have an impact wrench, will I be able to take it off w/ it up in the air or I assume I need to lower it to the ground so the rear wheel can fight the torque.

Like an idiot I decided to bite this project off tonight, would hate to ruin a weekend's ride. (just dropping 13T to 12T in front)

[UPDATE - Never mind, I just said screw this and hammered my littlest screwdriver into the tab till it came up. New Supersprox 12T installed, now just have to figure out chain tightening.]
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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Tue May 04, 2010 9:05 am

Hey gang, another basic question from a guy new to chain drive bikes. . .

I swapped out the stock rear sprocket and the chain and in do so I had my first introduction to mounting a rear wheel on a chain drive bike, which of course involves aligning the wheel/chain and setting the chain tension.

I've ridden about four hundred miles since then and I keep taking a peek to see that things remain lined up well. I think it's all working out but I do notice that the chain guide is showing some wear. My guess is that chain guides are supposed to wear to a point, but I'm not familiar with how to recognize a healthy situation from a situation requiring attention. Here is a shot of my chain guide (taken just moments ago - ohh, ahh!)



Questions. . .
- Is it normal for the chain guide to wear?
- Are chain guides regular maintenance items (i.e. do they need to be replaced every so often?)
- What do we watch for to know if all is healthy or if something is out of adjustment?
- If they do need to be replaced (routinely or b/c I messed up my chain tension or alignment), how do I know when to replace?

Thanks all. One day I'll offer more than basic questions, I promise!
Paul
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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Tue May 04, 2010 10:50 am

Your guide has normal wear; they will do that an usually stop at a certain point. A good indicator is your chain; watch how much of your chain gets shiny. The bottom of it is shiny from where it glides over the slider...but if it starts showing anywhere onto those rivets I'd be replacing it. You don't want it digging into your swingarm (that happens up front) and you'll usually see fine silvery stuff all over your chain and your slider. Usually that's due to improper chain tension, so just make sure you're not running it loose.

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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Tue May 04, 2010 12:40 pm

i found that a 12-45 combo works well in the woods. No adverse affects and can use my stock chain
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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Thu May 06, 2010 8:21 am

JTF1590-12 is the part number if you want to go with a JT 12T. You can run up to a 45T rear as well and still be able to use the stock chain.

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PostSubject: hi   Sat May 08, 2010 10:10 am

if I do 12 t and 45 is that enought for power wheelies in 1,2 3? maybe
45t part number, is there a site for best prices that would have both?
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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Wed May 12, 2010 9:05 pm

You'll need 110 links for 12/48, and I found this out when I had 12/48 on my WR-250R.

I haven't tried a 110 link chain with 13/43, though.
I wonder if you'll be able to take all of the slack out. :)
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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Thu May 13, 2010 7:00 pm

Aluminum vs. steel rear sprockets?

Thoughts?

Is the wr torquey enough to damage the aluminum sprocket ?

I understand the weight advantage of the aluminum, but is there an advantage to steel?

Longevity? Wear? Something?

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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Thu May 13, 2010 7:08 pm

Steel last forever, I stopped using aluminum a while ago, got sick of buying sprockets, they wear out quickly (do for me anyway). If your worried about the weight difference, just take a poop before going out to ride, that will more than make up for the difference in weight
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PostSubject: gearing chart   Fri May 14, 2010 4:57 pm

09 WR250X Gearing Chart
4041424344454647484950515253
123.33333.41673.50003.58333.66673.75003.83333.91674.00004.08334.16674.25004.33334.4167
133.07693.15383.23083.30773.38463.46153.53853.61543.69233.76923.84623.92314.00004.0769
142.85712.92863.00003.07143.14293.21433.28573.35713.42863.50003.57143.64293.71433.7857


4041424344454647484950515253
12103%106%108%111%113%116%119%121%124%126%129%132%134%137%
1395%98%100%102%105%107%110%112%114%117%119%121%124%126%
1488%91%93%95%97%99%102%104%106%108%111%113%115%117%

TOP SPEED???4041424344454647484950515253
90MPH128785838179787674737170686766
139592908886848280797776747371
1410299979593908887858381807877
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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Fri May 14, 2010 5:29 pm

Is there a speed healer for this bike??
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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Fri May 14, 2010 7:21 pm

Hell yes!

Speedo DRD

Shoot Brooks a PM and he'll set you up with one.

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PostSubject: ok   Sat May 15, 2010 9:19 pm

can I use oem bolts on this?


http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/productDetail.do?&navType=type&webTypeId=124&navTitle=Drive&webCatId=9&prodFamilyId=5937#vehicleSelect
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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Sun May 16, 2010 7:51 am

looks like you can, the only notes about special mounting bolts are for the ttr230
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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Wed May 19, 2010 2:13 pm

Its official, a 110 will hold a 13/43 setup. In fact, it will also a 12/43. There is not much room left for adjustment though. I have not thrown the dirt wheels on yet to see how the 48 tooth will fit. Too excited to finally get the bike on the road now that it has stopped raining for an hour.



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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Thu May 20, 2010 11:56 pm

I've managed to power wheelie my WRX off the line at lights a bit with my 13/47t setup.

I wonder how much that 50t steel sprocket weighs. It must be pretty heavy. I like the weight of my Vortex Alloy 47t, but of course it is wearing faster than desired.
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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Sun May 23, 2010 9:32 am

FOUND IT!

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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Sun May 23, 2010 9:49 am

Chromoly steel is very strong, much stronger than aluminum and it will certainly out-last a comparative aluminum sprocket.
Check out their site, http://www.dirttricks.com/ordering_sprockets.htm

I will be ordering it here soon once I decide on what I think will be the best gearing setup with the turbo (I already picked up a Renthal 14T front). Currently the bike has a stock front and a 45T GYTR rear, adding the 14T to it still won't even make it equal to the stock ratio and I will certainly want a setup that's taller than stock.

Don't forget that the teeth on the sprockets are all the same size and the teeth are usually the first to go.
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PostSubject: 13 / 50    Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:22 pm

13/50

112 link chain. Whole setup ~$85 from RM ATV (Primary Drive brand). Just
fits the stock chain guard. Speedo is now -22.8% (stock tires). About
to put on a set of Mitas (100/100-18) will report back what I find.
Perfect now on and off road here at altitude.
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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:21 am

I think that's a definite yes. But I would think you can just gently Dremel some of the rear of the guard away. It shouldn't take much to let it clear it, and add a little more for the chain jumping around.

daveb-1961 wrote:
I just installed a 50 Tooth & the chain is binding on the chain guard -- do I need to do a mod?
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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:45 pm

12/48 is excellent for trails and such but it screams pretty good when road riding.
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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:03 am

My 12/48 is on an X with street tires. I just like the bike to be quick more than fast. I find the bike to be squirrely after 90 MPH anyway. And in town in Austin, 70 MPH is fast enough.

You won't believe how it wakes the bike up from stock gearing. wings

This morning I accidently took off from a stop in 3rd gear. (distracted and forgot to downshift)
I thought of Xcel and imagined that's what his gearing feels like in 1st. dunno
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PostSubject: Re: Chains and Sprockets   Sat Aug 21, 2010 11:59 pm

I finally put some good miles on my new 13/47 combo. I have to say, I really like it. I lost some top speed on the highway (doesn't feel great past 65 now), but it REALLY woke the bike up in the first 3 gears. 1st is now basically starting, 2nd is anything slow and technical, and 3rd rips up fire roads all day. I'm digging this combination a lot.

As a side note... my new tires (Mitas) are SUPER squirrely on the highway once I past like 50mph, so 65mph is all I'm really going to try to get out of her. eeek
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