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Can the 16t counter sprocket be run with the same chain or does it require a slightly longer chain? If it makes any difference, I have a 2017 dl650.

For those that have done the change, any specific counter sprocket recommended?
Same chain for 14t or 16t is my understanding.

As for brand, JT seems to be popular. On the wee you could use a GSXR sprocket, not sure if that's still the case. I'll let the wiser of us chime in.
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Thanks for all the responses. I do want to try it. I do find myself looking for that 7th gear often, especially when on the highway.

Now, what to buy? I've read threads that are years old. What sprocket would you recommend? Should you replace both front and back at the same time to get equal wear... what's your experience?
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Only one or two hundred miles on my 16T but I like it. On 15T I was too busy upshifting when starting from a stop, the intervals being too close together. Love how the bike just “hangs on the throttle/gas” (if this makes sense, it’s a direct translation from a German phrase) that little bit longer, especially rev’ing to 7k when in second gear. But the main reason for me was of course the ability to cruise more relaxed above 60mph. One can always downshift to pass, power is just a matter of rpms.
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Thanks for all the responses. I do want to try it. I do find myself looking for that 7th gear often, especially when on the highway.

Now, what to buy? I've read threads that are years old. What sprocket would you recommend? Should you replace both front and back at the same time to get equal wear... what's your experience?
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Can the 16t counter sprocket be run with the same chain or does it require a slightly longer chain? If it makes any difference, I have a 2017 dl650.

For those that have done the change, any specific counter sprocket recommended?
No chain modifications required, the factory length works fine.

Dennis Kirk has the JT brand rubber dampened 16t front sprocket for about $15, this is what I installed last summer. Works great, and no noise like the non-dampened sprocket will give.

https://www.denniskirk.com/jt-sprock...d/80766716.sku

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The OEM Suzuki part number is 27510-20A10. This and the JT are the only rubber dampened versions on the market, as far as I know. If you want the rubber dampened sprocket, make sure the JT is marked “RB”, they make both versions and there is a seller on eBay that ships the non-rubber kind but advertises it as rubber dampened with the RB model number. I wrote to him, shipped it back and got the OEM instead, but the seller never bothered to change his description and continued to sell them.
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I ride too much gravel and hardpack with hills to do this on mine, I like the lower stock gearing for how/where I ride. No question I can see benefits for a bit longer legs out West or for anyone who commutes a lot, so nice we have gearing options to suit our needs. That is one big disadvantage of shaft drive gearing.....it is what it is.
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Another benefit of going a tooth "up" on the countersprocket, is "theoretically" longer chain life. The larger the sprocket, the less stress on the chain.......whatever that "stress" is.........maybe inertial stresses of changing directions by 180 degrees?? (I have not changed from stock size, but maybe it's time I did........getting ready for a VERY LONG trip next summer!!)
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Dennis Kirk has the JT brand rubber dampened 16t front sprocket for about $15, this is what I installed last summer. Works great, and no noise like the non-dampened sprocket will give.

https://www.denniskirk.com/jt-sprock...d/80766716.sku

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Sprocketcenter.com has a rubber dampened version made by Ognibene, an Italian manufacturer. Not sure if that version @ $27 has any advantage over the dampened JT.

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