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Old 07-25-2008, 04:02 PM
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Stock Chain Question...

I am always asking questions and you guys are always there to help me! lol. I need to know how to tell the difference between a stock chain and a different one. Reason I ask, is I got my superhawk and the front sprocket was switched to a 15t and I want to buy a 16t or stock one, doesnt matter. and I want to make sure I buy the right one. I can take plenty of pics jsut let me know what you need and if you could educate me, I will listen! Thanks guys!
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Old 07-25-2008, 05:25 PM
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Not sure that I understand why it matters about the chain being stock or aftermarket. However, if you don't see a master link, then you probably have the original. I know that my 98 still does.

When you install the 16t sprocket you may find that you need a bigger chain, unless yours has enough slack to compensate. If you need a bigger chain, buy an aftermarket such as DID or RK.

Hope that helps!
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Old 07-25-2008, 05:29 PM
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Mine came stock with a top of the line DID... ZVM530... something or other.
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Ok so all sprockets will fit the same chains? some chains are just better? I understand that some may need to be bigger, I think I have plenty of slack, just trying to work both angles for gas mileage and performance, and right now I need the mileage, I dont think a 16t sprocket will help a ton, but every little bit counts!
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Old 07-25-2008, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by handkaudio View Post
Ok so all sprockets will fit the same chains? some chains are just better? I understand that some may need to be bigger, I think I have plenty of slack, just trying to work both angles for gas mileage and performance, and right now I need the mileage, I dont think a 16t sprocket will help a ton, but every little bit counts!
No there are different sizes and lengths. The stock chain size is 530 and the length is....... crap I forgot. 114 links? Help please!

If you want to change sprockets and/or chains they have to be the same size. In the VTR's case, your choice is either 520 or 530. A much bigger rear sprocket will require a longer chain with more links than stock to compensate for the larger circumference.
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:46 PM
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OEM chain is 102 links.
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Old 07-26-2008, 03:41 AM
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Most chains have there pitch (520,525.530...) stamped on one of links. You should check this to make sure some one has not put a conversion kit on the bike. Once you know that just order your sprocket. You may or may not need to order a new chain depending on how mush slack you have.
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Originally Posted by FTMS View Post
Most chains have there pitch (520,525.530...) stamped on one of links. You should check this to make sure some one has not put a conversion kit on the bike. Once you know that just order your sprocket. You may or may not need to order a new chain depending on how mush slack you have.
That helps a ton, I will check tomorrow and then I should be able to go from there, what is the pitch chain? 520?
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A 520 pitch chain requires 520 sprockets, front and rear. You can't use a 520 chain with 530 sprockets and vicy versy. 520 chains are lighter, so they conceivably give a very slight performance advantage, but I doubt you would even notice it. 520 chains and sprockets are cheaper than 530, but they wear faster.
Stock chain and sprockets are 530. Chain should be 102 links.
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Old 07-27-2008, 09:03 PM
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Cool, thanks one more time guys!
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