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I want to change my stock gearing to a taller gear. What would the forum suggest- 1 tooth up on front or 1 tooth down of rear?

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1 tooth up on front is approx 3 teethe on rear. Going 1 tooth on rear is a very small change. 1 tooth on front will give you a better change.

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I just went with a 16 tooth sprocket, local and highway driving only, less strain on chain...

Of course I haven't installed it yet...temps too hot, at 94 degrees....I just went outside to turn on the sprinklers and my shirt is soaked from sweat.

I'll report on the install in a few days.

Ron W.

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Gears are just based on ratios. How many teeth on your front? How many on your rear? I tooth out of 10 would be a 10% change, etc. That would give you the relative differences between the choices.

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Street or Dirt? What is your current gearing?

Yeah, what have you got now? E, S or SM? What do want to accomplish with the change?

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I didn't think you could fit a 16 on the front.

If I remember correctly there were a couple of people saying you could sans the case saver. :thumbsup:

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I didn't think you could fit a 16 on the front.

It is not recommended since you have to remove the case saver to do it as sundog just said.

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It's really easy just divide the number of front teeth into the number of rear teeth and it will give you the ratio your looking for. 14 divided into 47 =3.35,15 divided into 47= 3.13 and so on.

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05 sm stock gearing now. want lower r's on the top - highway

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05 sm stock gearing now. want lower r's on the top - highway

OK, That was my issue too. Do this:

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This is a 38t vortex, as you can see I had not cut the chain down yet when this was taken since I wanted to make sure I liked it. I cut two links out of the chain since then since this is a great little mod for this bike! It not only made the bike much nicer to go down the hwy on, but it made each gear much more useable in the hills and mountains where I live. My engine is bone stock at this point (2 weeks and 1000 miles into owning the bike) and I don't feel like it hurt me at all performance wise. All gain and no pain on this one. :thumbsup:

Doug

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Stock swingarm for an SM, that's not on my list of potential mods, YET.

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Stock 'S' model has a 16T front sprocket, so it should fit.

I thought the stock 'S' model came with 15/44 gearing and the stock 'E' model came with 14/47.

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Yo, my bad!! It is 15/44. You're better off going with a 42 or 40 on the rear. Sprocket Specialists or Vortex are the two that I've found that go that low.

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Yo, my bad!! It is 15/44. You're better off going with a 42 or 40 on the rear. Sprocket Specialists or Vortex are the two that I've found that go that low.

The guy has an SM. Stock gearing is 15/41. I don't know if he's even watching the thread anymore, but I was in the same position as he is and I dropped 3 teeth to a 38.

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