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post #1 of 23 Old 06-10-2019, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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17/43, 17/45 or 17/46

I havenít ridden for a while but now that I have an empty nest I just purchased a 2005 DL1000 with around 45k miles. As I donít know what maintenance has been performed and it needs a new rear tire, Iím going to replace the chain and sprockets as well. I already ordered a spacer from AdventureTech and I am going to a 530 chain, RK Racing Chain GB530GXW 114 link. Realistically 90 to 95 percent of my riding will be on the street. I live in Florida near the Ocala National Forest and will occasionally drive on those forest roads. My grandson lives in Oregon and I would like to ride out there and be able to take it on any off-road trail I may find interesting along the way. I have been reading a lot about gear ratios and would like to keep the 17t front sprocket. I need help deciding which rear sprocket to get, a 43t, 45t or 46T. I know the 17/46 is the closest to 16/43. For my situation, which ratio would be best? Also, any suggestions as to which brand of sprocket? I am also a big guy, 6ft about 300 lbs.
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i'm not quite as big as you are, but i often ride with passenger and full bags. i went with a 42 by JT sprockets: JTR1800.42. also 530. overall final drive is 17/42. not a huge difference in rideability but certainly nice.

you will need to cut the chain down a bit. i used a DID 520VX2GB-110 Gold X-Ring Chain.

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I run 17/42 as well, don't think that you have to make it to top gear, or even 5th, most of the time I'm in 4th, and the 17/42 puts the rpm in a responsive range without downshifting

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you will need to cut the chain down a bit. i used a DID 520VX2GB-110 Gold X-Ring Chain.
The reason I said a 114 link is because from my understanding, that is the size you need with a 17/43 ratio which I'm inclined to. The reason I want to keep the 17t front sprocket is twofold, one is because I don't want to take a chance of rubbing the plastic protective guard on the spring arm and second, I want to keep the rubber on it which makes it quieter.
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I went with 17/43 530. 114 links. Since July of last year. All been working pretty good, and makes the bike far more tolerable to ride. But the chain will be damn near close to the furthest position for chain tension. But hopefully with this been a heavier duty chain, it won't go out of tension nearly as quickly anyway. Haven't had to adjust it much after 7k miles.

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I went with 17/43 530. 114 links.
Which brand sprockets did you use?
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Which brand sprockets did you use?
JT Sprockets for both.

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Sunstar is a good sprocket. I generally use them or the Suzuki OEM kit.

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Remember - If you deviate from the stock set-up you'll need to correct your speedo. When I bought my 2012 V1000 several months ago, I discovered a 45T rear sprocket. My speedo was off badly. It indicated 75mph and I was only traveling at 65mph.

Note: The speedo reading for stock set-up is optimistic as well. Usually indicates 4mph high.

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I went with 17/43. And yeah, a Speedo DRD is pretty much mandatory because the resulting total 11% error will drive you nuts.

This gave a nice bit of added poke down low, while moving 6th gear into a more reasonable speed range while keeping it long-legged for the highway. In 6th gear, I'm turning right about 5,000 rpm at a true 80mph, and it's smooth from 70 on up. With stock gearing, 5th gear is kind of rough and jerky at anything below 80mph, with not a lot of passing power on tap.

I'm not sure if we've ever run a survey, but I think 17/43 might be the most popular choice.


I'll agree that 530 chain is well worth the minor added cost; you get significantly longer life. It's a heavy, torquey literbike, so it's tough on chains. I wouldn't exactly call 525 chain "marginal", but 530 chains on a Vee usually get you roughly 1/3 to 1/2 times the miles at least.

I've had the best luck with JT and Sunstar sprockets. I've had "Driven" brand steel rear sprockets that wore out unacceptably early.

No idea what chain length my bike is wearing. I've always found the best pricing on 120 link chains, so that's what I order. Then I cut off the unneeded links after testing length on the bike.

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