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Old 06-02-2004, 10:47 PM   #1
 
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1 down, 2 up: would you do it again?

I'm switching to a 520.

For those of you that have regeared a 929/954: 1st gear is way too tall for me. I am sick of downshifting from 2nd to 1st, only to find I'm already IN 1st. Is 15/45 the best combo for all-around riding, yet still giving a noticible difference? What would you choose over the stock 16/43?

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Re: 1 down, 2 up: would you do it again?

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Re: 1 down, 2 up: would you do it again?

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I'm switching to a 520.


p.s. I promise to not do any wh**lies after regearing. I promise I'll be a good boy. Please don't lock my thread.
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Re: 1 down, 2 up: would you do it again?

Originally Posted by replica
I'm switching to a 520.

For those of you that have regeared a 929/954: 1st gear is way too tall for me. I am sick of downshifting from 2nd to 1st, only to find I'm already IN 1st. Is 15/45 the best combo for all-around riding, yet still giving a noticible difference? What would you choose over the stock 16/43?

Thanks

p.s. I promise to not do any wh**lies after regearing. I promise I'll be a good boy. Please don't lock my thread.

I recently went -1 in front and +2 rear with Sprocket Specialists Sprockets and a DID 520 chain and ... I would do it again. Not a drastic change but noticable low end torque and ya it picks the front up a tad better

Now if your really just going to the sprocket to "whee|ie" then dont bother.. it wont help much unless you have the control and technic first. If its truly because the gearing you dislike then heck ya.. its the bomb..

(more engine breaking too for those unexpected whee|ies too )

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Re: 1 down, 2 up: would you do it again?

Thanks for the replies (except for the guy with the smurf fetish).

My goal is to simply make the tranny more rider-friendly (err, don't say that in Thailand ) for general use. I want to be able to creep along in 1st in traffic/through parking lots without having to work the clutch as much.

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Re: 1 down, 2 up: would you do it again?

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Is 15/45 the best combo for all-around riding, yet still giving a noticible difference? What would you choose over the stock 16/43?
15/45 is no good. You have exact multiples which means that the same bit of chain will run on the same bit of rear sprocket everytime. So 15/46 would be OK as far as that goes. Probably too low though. Anyway you have to pick a combo where the number of teeth on the front does not divide exactly into the number of teeth on the rear.
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Re: 1 down, 2 up: would you do it again?

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15/45 is no good. You have exact multiples which means that the same bit of chain will run on the same bit of rear sprocket everytime. So 15/46 would be OK as far as that goes. Probably too low though. Anyway you have to pick a combo where the number of teeth on the front does not divide exactly into the number of teeth on the rear.
Never heard or even thought about that before
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Re: 1 down, 2 up: would you do it again?

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Thanks for the replies (except for the guy with the smurf fetish).

That's no smurf, thats bacchus

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Re: 1 down, 2 up: would you do it again?

Originally Posted by replica
Thanks for the replies (except for the guy with the smurf fetish).

My goal is to simply make the tranny more rider-friendly (err, don't say that in Thailand ) for general use. I want to be able to creep along in 1st in traffic/through parking lots without having to work the clutch as much.

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Re: 1 down, 2 up: would you do it again?

Why do you spend so much time creeping along in traffic and in parking lots??? Get the hell out of Dodge and ride!
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Re: 1 down, 2 up: would you do it again?

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15/45 is no good. You have exact multiples which means that the same bit of chain will run on the same bit of rear sprocket everytime. So 15/46 would be OK as far as that goes. Probably too low though. Anyway you have to pick a combo where the number of teeth on the front does not divide exactly into the number of teeth on the rear.
I've never heard of this rule before...could you elaborate? Why would it matter?
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Re: 1 down, 2 up: would you do it again?

I hated 15/45 on the street. Just too many R's at anything above 60 mph. I put a 16 up front and think it's the best of both worlds. I really like 16/45 because I now don't have to worry about wearing out the chain guard quickly anymore.
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Re: 1 down, 2 up: would you do it again?

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I've never heard of this rule before...could you elaborate? Why would it matter?
It is something my mechanic told me. BTW He is not the average mechanic and is one of those very thorough and meticulous types which are a rare find. From what he said I understand that if you use a sprocket combination as described eg 15/45 or 16/48 the links on the chain fit into the same teeth on the back sprocket each time they come round. This is not good for the chain or the sprockets as they start to wear into tight and loose spots and any uneveness is accentuated. If the chain is shifted on the sprocket with each rear wheel revolution as in a 16/45 combo wear patterns are more even and chain and sprocket life are extended.
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Re: 1 down, 2 up: would you do it again?

I've heard this about multiples also. I just went up two in the rear when I replaced my chain two weeks ago and am happy with it so far.
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