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post #1 of 10 Old 07-23-2019, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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New Chain and Sprockets

Well I think i'm about due for a chain and sprockets. I've got 24,000km (approximately 13,000 miles) on the bike and it's time to start thinking about options, gearing, etc.

I know a lot of people love the 16 tooth and since I don't do much highway riding on the Vstrom anymore I'll likely give that shot. Although I feel like I may be better off doing something different in the rear instead? I know on dirt bikes going to small on the front sprocket can cause unnecessary wear and tear.

Are JT Sprockets any good? how many links in the chain do I need? 525 or should I look at a conversion?

I usually sell my bikes around 20,000km so I have not had to deal with a chain on a Vstrom before, surprisingly with the 4 that I have owned lol.

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Sure you need a new one? I have 24,000 and just did a front sprocket change. Old one was barely showing wear, but thought I'd follow V-Tom's advice. I purchased a new chain, rear sprocket and 2 fronts(Just in case) from Chapprel for around $160. DID X_ring(VX) and JT sprockets .

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Sure you need a new one? I have 24,000 and just did a front sprocket change. Old one was barely showing wear, but thought I'd follow V-Tom's advice. I purchased a new chain, rear sprocket and 2 fronts(Just in case) from Chapprel for around $160. DID X_ring(VX) and JT sprockets .
I'm going to take a closer look tonight and see but I just suspected with that mileage it would be about time. I noticed today that it has really loosened off so maybe it just needs tightening.

Does V-Tom recommend replacing just the front sprocket?

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That's my understanding. Two fronts for every rear sprocket is v-tom's regiment. I believe he goes 30-40,000KM on the front and 60-80,000 on the rear and chain. I'm sure he'll be around to correct me
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That's my understanding. Two fronts for every rear sprocket is v-tom's regiment. I believe he goes 30-40,000KM on the front and 60-80,000 on the rear and chain. I'm sure he'll be around to correct me
Yes i am surprised he has not commented yet I think I am going to buy a 16tooth I want to try the gearing difference and see what I think. The rear looks ok for now and the chain feels good, no kinks, not able to pull away from sprocket.
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Just in case you didn't read it in the 16T sprocket thread, this is exact Suzuki part you need, with rubber dumpener on both sides and fully compatible:
Countershaft Sprocket GSX-R 600 2008 16T
Part# 2751020A10

I'm on my second DL1000 and did 16T conversion on both. Love it. Would never go back to 17T as I don't ride higways much.

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Just in case you didn't read it in the 16T sprocket thread, this is exact Suzuki part you need, with rubber dumpener on both sides and fully compatible:
Countershaft Sprocket GSX-R 600 2008 16T
Part# 2751020A10

I'm on my second DL1000 and did 16T conversion on both. Love it. Would never go back to 17T as I don't ride higways much.
I have not made the change yet because my bike has developed the stupid givi vibration at 5,000pm and I don't want to lower the highway speed that occurs at.

I ride the highway just about everyday for about 10 minutes to get to work so maybe I am better off with the 17 anyways but I think i'll give the 16 a shot anyways once I get the new vibration sorted out!

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I wouldn't even consider changing the sprockets and chain at 13k miles. I would imagine you should be able to double that mileage at least. Unless you just want to change the gearing I wouldn't even bother anytime soon.

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This is just shy of 25k miles on my bike
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I have not made the change yet because my bike has developed the stupid givi vibration at 5,000pm and I don't want to lower the highway speed that occurs at.

I ride the highway just about everyday for about 10 minutes to get to work so maybe I am better off with the 17 anyways but I think i'll give the 16 a shot anyways once I get the new vibration sorted out!
I've had the same problem, twice, with my Givi Bars.
First time it was that stupid vibration. What I did was just to loosen all of the screws and nuts and then tight them back. That cured vibrations problem.
Second time, two years later, vibrations came back but this time much louder. I was ready to do the same job again but just by looking at them I could see they cracked on the left bar. So, went to Suzuki dealer and they welded the crack. They've used great technique. They didn't remove the bars but spot-welded the crack while on the bike. I liked the idea because after the bars broke the tension was released. After spot-welding they removed the bars and welded them properly.
As about painting just the weld, I tried few things but none of them worked. Eventually, I found the way. I painted just the area that was needed, with black matt paint. Then left it like that for 1 month. After one month of wind and sun, I just applied WD40 over the painted area and it came out great. You cant say now it has been painted.
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