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I am ordering a new chain and sprockets and looked at my bike this evening and was wondering if anyone's c/s sprocket runs this close to the rubber on the swingarm (Not sure if this picture will work). My bike is an 06 S with 19,000 miles.

Also, looking at chains online is overwhelming. Any suggestions? I ride 85% on the road. The gearing on the bike now is 15/44 (that way when I got it). Is there any gearing that you guys run that you think may be more suitable? I try to stay off of the freeway and on the curvy back roads.

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15/44 is what i use with 17's and i use the 15/47 with the 21/18 wheels, i have a bit of much up there, it eventually goes away, not sure if its ok tho, i havent had a problem. and you would want an O-ring chain, just make sure to clean it after being in the dirt =)

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If you aren't doing highway riding, your 15/44 is good. 15/41 is sort of a compromise for a bike that will be on the highway some. I run 15/38 on mine, but I ride a fair amount of highway.

**edit** Sorry forgot not everyone runs 17s!, my gearing advice above is for SM wheels. Oops! **/edit**

Dont skimp on a chain, a chain failure can be catastrophic. I just put a RK 520 XSO chain on my bike, with a rivet link.

The sprocket being that close to the guide is normal. Mine fit between a groove in the guide.

I would replace the sprockets as well if you do a chain.

Edited by OhioYJ

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That is some weird looking chain with holes in the link plates and it is really warn out. The sprocket clearance is normal and the sprocket is warn. 15/44 is probably good gearing for you.

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That is some weird looking chain with holes in the link plates and it is really warn out. The sprocket clearance is normal and the sprocket is warn. 15/44 is probably good gearing for you.

That chain is toast! I have adjusted it twice in the past couple of weeks. It is a "primary drive" brand chain from rocky mountain I believe. I am definitely going to have to replace both sprockets as well.

Edited by BPayne8

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That chain looks pretty bad but this is what a worn out sprocket looks like. :lol:

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Primary Drive - That is what I thought but was not sure. I like RK520XW chain. Any of the brand name sealed chains are good. The Primary Drive brand sprockets seem to be good. I do not know anything about the Primary Drive brand chain. How did it last?

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That is the ultimate warn sprocket when they start to loose teeth.

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That chain looks pretty bad but this is what a worn out sprocket looks like. :lol:

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Uh, yeh.....that looks scary!

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Primary Drive - That is what I thought but was not sure. I like RK520XW chain. Any of the brand name sealed chains are good. The Primary Drive brand sprockets seem to be good. I do not know anything about the Primary Drive brand chain. How did it last?

That chain was on the bike when I got it. I've put over 2,000 miles on it and only adjusted it here lately as it has worn out.

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