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Ok here’s my predicament! I’m currently in Iraq, and I just bought a 04’ CBR 1000RR. The bike is at my dad’s until I get home. Since I'm over here I actually haven't even seen it yet. He told me that the sprocket and chain are worn out. My problem is I don’t know what to buy and from where! I don’t know anything about chains or the sprockets! Is there somewhere that sells the sprocket and chain set, or should I look for it separately? What should I be looking for that will give me the best ratio for speed? What's up with the teeth number in the front sprocket & rear sprocket; and 530 or a 520. I'm going to pull my hair out trying to find what to order!

I have been looking for good websites for parts and I'm coming up with no good ones. PLEASE HELP,:idunno:
Thank you SSG. Drews:patriot:
P.S. Looking for the cheapest spot to buy K&N Filters too.
 

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SSG Drews. Firstly, thank you to you and your colleagues for doing what you do. We certainly appreciate it!!

Re the sprockets/chain, www.sprocketspecialists.com can hook you up with what you need. You should replace both sprockets and chain at the same time.

I don't have a 1000RR, but I know that they run a 530 chain. Probably a 16T front sprocket and a 43 rear. As to the 520, I have a 945cc Fireblade with 153.6 at the rear wheel. My RK GB520GXW X-Ring chain can handle the power with no problems whatsoever. Considering your bike has about the same, or slightly less power.....and weighs the same as mine, you won't have any issues at all with the X-Ring setup. DID also make a strong 520 chain as well.

Hope this info helps!

PS> Just DO NOT but an Aluminum Vortex rear sprocket (they're weak as ****). You cant go wrong with Afam or RRP.
 

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I bought a RK 520 Conversion kit for my 600, the kit comes with an aluminum Vortex rear sprocket, but then again I'm not pulling the HP and Torque that you guys are.
 

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if you have to replace them go on with the 520 conversion. most any online bike shop will carry them, and i would get the stock number of teeth on the new sprockets as well. remember, bigger on the front = more top end bigger on the rear = more low end and vise versa, smaller on the front is more low end and smallred on the rear is more top end. out of curiosity is this your first bike?
 

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whereas I went against conventional wisdom and replaced with stock gearing. I have a lowly 929, but find it's enough power on the streets and even trackdays. I wanted longevity over quicker pick-up, and from what I understand, 520 conversions may lessen the life of a chain. Mine's gone 40,000 KM before needing to replace (I don't take care of my chain and sprocket as well as I should).
 

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I want to first say thank you for your service for your country :patriot: . Now, I say stay with a 530 chain unless you race. The trade off with less weight is so small, the average person wouldn't notice any benefit. A good D.I.D Gold X ring chain or equivalent. The stock ratio is 16 front and 41 rear which is quite tall. A 16, 43, plus 2 on the rear seems to be regarded as optimal although you would need a speedo healer to fix speedo error. AFAM sprockets are among the best as well but you can also find stock sprockets on eBay for much less. Vortex sprockets I've read are a little soft and don't give good life. I am currently doing the plus 2 AFAM rear with a speedo healer.

Good Luck and Stay Safe,
Dennis
 

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This is my first sport bike. My first motorcycle was a 79' CB750---that's when I was fourteen! My last bike was a 86' CB1100. I've been riding sport bikes for years now; just couldn't afford one till now! If you're wondering if I'm green---I'm not. Just clueless on parts---"green" on working on this new era!
 

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I would go with a 520. The way I look at things is every little difference you make will add up to a noticeable change for the better. It won't cost you any more money for the 520 conversion and if you get the good stuff they will hold up very well. You have a bad ass bike with more power you have probably ever got to play with so it's probably hard to notice a difference when you can't even grab a handful but when it's time to replace parts you might as well get the best you can. I hope you get to come home and jump on that new ride you have soon.
 

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You can ask your dad to test/check the chain this way.

At the rear of the rear sprocket, use your hand to try and pull the chain away from the sprocket teeth. If you can expose half the distance of a tooth - the chain and sprockets need to be replaced. Or if it's completely rusted up. Old oil and grime won't indicate a bad chain, it could just be ... oil and grime. I clean my chain with a clean rag and motor oil, doesn't take a lot of oil to clean it, but it does take a good 20 minutes or so. Then apply a mild coat of chain lubricant ( o-ring compatible type ). Clean and oil a bike's chain every 300 miles.
 

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I've decided on the stock gearing. It will go fast as hell no matter what. I bought crome so it would match the rest of the bike. It will be pretty sexy! Can't wait to go riding!!!!:leghump:
 

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Go with the BMC filters instead of K&N. Lots of guys on the 1000RR forum lost power with the K&N. Most gained 2 to 3 hp with the BMC.

Like anything else, they be expensive....
 

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Go with the BMC filters instead of K&N. Lots of guys on the 1000RR forum lost power with the K&N. Most gained 2 to 3 hp with the BMC.

Like anything else, they be expensive....
the bmc race filters are not good on the street, the do not filter well enough due to the thin design. they are designed for the track. yes they do flow better but they dont protect. if you get the bmc street, for the price you might as well get the k&n
 
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