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Cool Chain and Sprockets

Looking to replace the worn out tired stock chain a sprockets.....any suggestions???? leaning towards and RK X-Ring chain and stock sprocket configuration but as i said i am open to suggestions.....?Oh and by the way my Bike is a 98 Gixxer 750

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post #2 of 57 (permalink) Old 01-15-2005, 09:31 PM
 
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I just got a DID X-Ring chain from kneedraggers.com and love it. good chain makes a diffrence. Never had an RK but i can suggest DID. Bought Renthal sprockets to go with it but left the gearing stock. Now i wish i had geared down because i cant justify replacing new parts. So if you ever wanted to, nows a good time. (I have regret )
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There is NO other chain to buy other than a x-ring DiD chain...

DiD Website

Not a great site but some good info.


As far as sprockets.... I've had Sprocket Speciality's and Vortex (Website) !

But I can't say I'm loyal to either like I am to DiD!!!!

But make sure you get a chain break tool that also properly pushes over the replaceable links rivits. VERY VERY IMPORTANT!!! I know from personal expierence... another story!




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The key is to get a chain with enough tensile strength for your application. Personally, I don't have any issues with either RK or DID as I have had good experiences with both. As JK mentioned, make sure you choose the gearing you want as they are best replaced as a complete set. Take a look around, there are all kinds of different rear sprockets available but the fronts are mostly the same. And as Gas Man noted, make sure you have the right tools or take it to someone who does.

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Yes believe me....I made the sorry mistake, many moons ago, and let a guy install a replacement chain on my bike and he didn't install the replaceble link correctly....

Well, it came apart on the highway at about 80mph and about 10K RPM engine speed!!! Needless to say it F'ed up my bike bad!!!




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I just got a DID X-Ring chain from kneedraggers.com and love it. good chain makes a diffrence. Never had an RK but i can suggest DID. Bought Renthal sprockets to go with it but left the gearing stock. Now i wish i had geared down because i cant justify replacing new parts. So if you ever wanted to, nows a good time. (I have regret )

But when you gear down by dropping teeth on the rear sprocket you also dropping top speed.......right?

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NO!!!

Every tooth drop in the front is like going up 3 teeth in the rear...which increases your low end/off the line performence.

Go up in the front or drop in the rear and your top end will go up.




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By "geared down" he's probably talking about dropping one tooth in the front which is a very common gearing change. This will give you better acceleration and lower your theoretical top speed. I say "theoretical" because most bikes are top-speed limited by drag, not gearing. In fact, sometimes this gearing will put you in a better part of the power band and net a higher top speed as well as better acceleration. However, it will cause you to be at higher rpm when cruising. If you do a lot of open road touring you may want to reconsider this kind of gearing change.

Also, if you have an electronic speedo, a gearing change will have it reading incorrectly and you'll want to consider a signal correction box as well.

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I prefer DID Chain & Vortex sprockets!
If you really wont to do it right, go up 2 or 3 teeth in the rear and leave the front along.
Save ware on the Chain sprockets and transmission.
Just make sure you get the new X RING chain long enough.
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I prefer DID Chain & Vortex sprockets!
If you really wont to do it right, go up 2 or 3 teeth in the rear and leave the front along.
Save ware on the Chain sprockets and transmission.
Just make sure you get the new X RING chain long enough.





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Vortex are garbage. Renthal is the best. Vortex are billit and Rental are hardend. Rental is track proven...Whens the last time you vortex in a MotoGP race?
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I replaced my chain and sprockets last year. Incidentally, the Suzuki OEM chain IS DID.
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Vortex are garbage. Renthal is the best. Vortex are billit and Rental are hardend. Rental is track proven...Whens the last time you vortex in a MotoGP race?
I agree that Vortex are not the best but, bang for buck they are hard to beat.
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I agree that Vortex are not the best but, bang for buck they are hard to beat.
what ya think of JT, SUNSTAR or AFAM Sprockets
so drop a tooth in the front add three to the rear and don't :nono: buy Vortex Sprockets

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AFAM is good, JT has a poor finish, and Sunstar is rock solid but poor finish. On your bike for the street, just 2 up in the back would fine. Going one down in the fron would spool your bike up to much for the street and would thorw you speedo off.
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so drop a tooth in the front add three to the rear
Don't do both it will be too radical of a change...one or the other.

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Is there any advantage to going down (teeth) on the front sprocket vs. up on the rear sprocket?

YA THINK???
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NO!!!

Every tooth drop in the front is like going up 3 teeth in the rear...which increases your low end/off the line performence.

Go up in the front or drop in the rear and your top end will go up.
more teeth in the front faster acceleration, less teeth in the front faster overall speed, more teeth in the back easier wheelies, less teeth in the back less wheelies more speed

right ????
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More or less... but as Twisty said and I think I said as well....droping 1 tooth in the front is like going 3 up in the rear...they do the same thing which is raise your final gear ratio! Think of it that way....just like a car...

Down in the front / up in the rear.... Ratio UP
Up in the front / down in the rear.... Ratio DOWN

Like going from a 3.73 to a 4.11 is up and vis versa




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so am i right in saying that if my stock chain is a 525 chain 108 link with a 16 front sprocket and a 44 rear sprocket and i bump the rear up 2 teeth does that necessarily mean i add 2 links making it a 525 110 link chain???

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