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post #1 of 13 Old 09-04-2019, 07:02 AM Thread Starter
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Dampened front sprocket

Are the OEM front sprockets dampened? I notice the DID replacement sprocket kits have plain steel and Sprocket Center sells a stand alone dampened front sprocket.

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OEM sprockets are dampened. I bought a 16t OEM. JT has a dampened version but also a plain steel version. As far as I know these are the only two sources for dampened sprockets.
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Has anyone noticed any bad results from a solid sprocket vs a dampened one? Should I get a dampened one for my upcoming chain/sprocket change?

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I installed a regular non-dampened sprocket on my (now sold) 2005 DL650 a few-four years ago. The new non-dampened sprocket definitely created less noise than the well worn OEM sprocket, but that's really not fair to compare worn vs new parts.

I would bet that the dampened sprockets do indeed make less noise or otherwise Suzuki would not pay the extra money for the dampened sprocket. And, it is likely that the noise created by the non-dampened sprocket is of the decibel ranges which aren't that noticeable to the human ear, but rather are noticeable to a sound meter during a drive-by sound test.

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Are the OEM front sprockets dampened? I notice the DID replacement sprocket kits have plain steel and Sprocket Center sells a stand alone dampened front sprocket.
My stock one was dampened and when I bought my new chain/sprockets from sprocket center I paid the extra $10 option to get a dampened replacement. Figured that it couldn't hurt.

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I went from a 15t undampened sprocket to a 16 t dampened sprocket and could not hear any difference. If it really made a difference they would be all over the place and they are not all over the place. maybe they are supposed to wear longer?
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OEM front sprockets were rubber-damped on the DL1000 as well.

Not worth worrying about, to me. I am on my second JT Sprockets set without the rubber-damped front one, but I don't notice any special noise. That's with or without earplugs, though I usually ride with.

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I could hear a bit more chain noise with a plain steel sprocket but quickly got used to it.

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I wear ear plugs and haven't noticed any difference with the solid steel sprocket. It's a non issue.
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A metal sump guard tends to amplify the chain noise more, than the Hyde sump guard or no sump guard at all.
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