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Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by ilyaon, Oct 27, 2013.
Interested in the rear sprocket . . . staying stock on the front.
The chain guide didn't need replacing. It was a Renthal chain and ran about $100.
Get a good O-Ring or X-Ring chain (D.I.D., RK, etc.)
I recently switched to 14/50 and it's pretty low with short tires. I haven't ridden dirt yet but I would expect it would do great, although IMHO it's a little too low for much street use. It's much better for wheelies though
Don't drop the front sprocket to 12 teeth. It is a known issue that it will eat your swingarm. I run 13 x 48.
I also agree with Anne. The MT43 rear tire is great on the back.
That's what I've heard too. Thanks for point it out.
Yikes, I wish I had known. I used a 12T from the getgo and seldom checked my swingarm protector. Minimal wear....... But I only rode the bike for a little over 3 years, so probably not relevant. :huh
The known issues are in descending order of impact (IMO):
Kinking chain - lack of lube/maintenance
Carrying heavy load and incorrect shock sag
Incorrect chain adjustment
Worn out chain
I've read about 12T here:
"If you've put on a 12 tooth countershaft sprocket ????
GET IT OFF !!!!
This will only aggravated this "potential" problem----you'll be better off to work with the back sprocket for gearing changes.
Also---I will never put even a stock 13 tooth on my bike from now on---I've got a 14 on it and will adjust my
gearing to suit with different size rear sprockets."
I ran a 12T for over a year (about 6k miles) and my swingarm protector is fine. Too much sag and a tight chain will chew it up no matter what size sprocket.