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post #1 of 22 Old 04-12-2016, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Need some definitive answers on sprockets, please. (4/12/2016)

I found all sorts of posts regarding chain and sprockets for the DL1000A, but I still have some missing pieces.

From what I can gather, the rear sprocket is the same star pattern as the old DL1000 and will fit the DL1000A. Front sprocket is the same as the 2012 DL1000? Or does Suzuki use the same sprocket on a different model?

What is the suggested (not stock) gear ratio? I read people are going with -1 (16T) on the front sprocket and leaving the rear stock? On my old DL1000, I ran +2 on the rear sprocket.

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The old DL1000 had high gearing, which was great for highway riding at high speeds, but mostly 6th gear was useless unless you changed sprockets. The new bike is geared differently so it starts out with 6th gear being useful, which improves power at lower revs, but also changes the RPM's when going really fast on highway.

I would say try the new bike the way it is before swapping anything out, then you can decide if you even need it. I haven't seen a need to change the sprockets so far. Changing the gearing will affect your speedometer and gas mileage.
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I can't give info pertaining to the pre-2014 1000's, but i have the 2014 model and I did switch the 17t front for a 16. I think it's preferable to go up in the rear instead - which I will do when it comes time for new chain/sprockets. My bike only had 3000 miles at the time, so it made sense to just change the front since it was cheaper ($13) and I wanted to clean out the area behind the sprocket cover anyway. You can fine tune changes a bit more by doing the rear, as 1 tooth change in front is approximately = 3 in the rear. Plus, by going small in the front, the chain will rub more on the glide. I think I will try going back to 17 in front and up 2 teeth in the rear next time. That should give best results for a wide range of riding speeds. Stock gearing is definitely too high.

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I would say try the new bike the way it is before swapping anything out, then you can decide if you even need it. Changing the gearing will affect your speedometer and gas mileage.
At 22k miles, I'm pretty sure. LOL. The speedometer is on the front axle, so changing the gear ratio won't have an affect, which is awesome. On my 2006, I ran +2 on the rear sprocket which was exactly what I needed. Because the sprockets are compatible, it would be easy to do the same on the 2014.

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Changing the gearing will affect your speedometer and gas mileage.
According to other troopers (on the 16t thread), the sprocket swap will not affect your speedo, as the vee2 gets speed from the speed sensors and not from revs.
It's an easy and cheap mod, and if you don't like it you can just as easily go back. Haven't heard of anyone yet who did not like it better, though.

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I can't give info pertaining to the pre-2014 1000's, but i have the 2014 model and I did switch the 17t front for a 16.
What front sprocket did you use? From more digging, I found that the gear ratio and parts are all the same as the earlier DL1000 except for the front sprocket. I can buy an OEM front sprocket, but not if there's a less expensive aftermarket part.

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Speedo runs of the front wheel abs ring so not effected by gearing change. I like my stock gearing ok, one tooth of might make it to busy on the motorway so I might try 2 up on the rear at the next tyre change.
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What front sprocket did you use? From more digging, I found that the gear ratio and parts are all the same as the earlier DL1000 except for the front sprocket. I can buy an OEM front sprocket, but not if there's a less expensive aftermarket part.
Here's what I used: JT Sprockets JTF520.16
Do Not be fooled by the ludicrous naming convention used by JT. This sprocket is indeed for a 525 chain, not a 520 as suggested by the model #.

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Speedo runs of the front wheel abs ring so not effected by gearing change.
Are we sure about this? If so, then why is the speedometer off so much from the factory? Mine is out almost 10% with the stock wheels and gearing.

For those that swapped out the gear, you didn't notice any difference in speedometer?
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The ECM uses the input from the ABS rings to output speedo info. The Vee2 doesn't have a dedicated speed sensor like other models do. All V-Stroms have optimistic speedos to the tune of around 8%, give or take a couple. The law allows 0-10% readings but a manufacturer can get in trouble even if a tire brand change ever causes a speedo to read low. Therefore, manufacturers tend to err on the high side. It's not impossible that they are fine with owners thinking their bikes are faster than they really are either.

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