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post #1 of 11 Old 03-12-2007, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Changing front sprocket

I just bought a 16 tooth front sprocket for my Dl1000. I was wondering what all has to be removed to access the sprocket.
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I just bought a 16 tooth front sprocket for my Dl1000. I was wondering what all has to be removed to access the sprocket.
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Just take the cover off, there are three bolts holding it. It's easiest with a deep socket (10mm?) on an extention bar. The nut that holds the sprocket on is 32mm and you need a lot of leverage to get it off -- 24 inch breaker bar is a good starting point.

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pssssstt....Corinne...change the rear sprocket....easy, and better results.

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I don't know, but I found it a lot easier to change the front sprocket then the rear.

Better for the chain too, the larger the front sprocket the less wear on the chain, ideally of course both sprockets should be the same size to minimize wear.

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I have found its better and more effective and cheaper to change the front.
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I don't know, but I found it a lot easier to change the front sprocket then the rear.

Better for the chain too, the larger the front sprocket the less wear on the chain, ideally of course both sprockets should be the same size to minimize wear.

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um, Ron...The front sprocket is a 17T. How do you figure the whole larger front sprocket the less wear in this case, when going to a smaller sprocket?

Actually, there is a lot of discussion about sprockets and numbers of teeth and wear rates. I, personally, agree with the philosophy that an uneven number of teeth means less wear because there are greater intervals between the time a particular tooth contacts a particular chain link. Stock, 17T, front and 43T rear gives a nice "odd" combination. Calculate it out, with a 16T front sprocket the same chain links hit the same sprocket teeth every 61st rotation of the front sprocket. Try and calculate that out for the 17T.

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gives a nice "odd" combination. Calculate it out, with a 16T front sprocket the same chain links hit the same sprocket teeth every 61st rotation of the front sprocket. Try and calculate that out for the 17T
Thats a joke, right? I've ridden for 40 years and raced for half of that and thats a first. Even or odd? Really? I dont think the chain counts teeth.
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Thanks for the replies. I noticed that the clutch hydraulic cylinder was there and thought it might need to be removed to get the cover off. Sounds like I don't need to do that part.
I have just put a 43 tooth on the rear and like the change. Would adding a 16 tooth on the front be too much of a good thing?
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Thats a joke, right? I've ridden for 40 years and raced for half of that and thats a first. Even or odd? Really? I dont think the chain counts teeth.


if you have a flaw in one of your sprocket teeth, when you have sprocket ratios that are an even intiger like 3.0, (15/45sprockets) it will cause the same link to hit the same tooth every third rotation, which will cause faster wear than with an odd ratio where that link may only come in contact with the bad tooth once in every 50 rotations.

even ratios accellerate wear, you notice it when you run automatic chain oilers and get 50k from a chain



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No wonder I didnt know. I've never put anywhere close to 50K on a chain. I am bidding on a Lubetronic oiler on Ebay. I had never heard of one. I had a Scottoiler on a Triumph I had, but never heard of this electronic one.
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