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Old 10-12-2012, 09:25 AM   #1
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chain/sprocket conversion 530 to 525

Anyone that rides a literbike at an advanced level/ track expert

Have you tried going from 530 to 525?

was there any noticible changes?? pros vs cons.

I only use all steel sprockets..
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fyi, i have 520 gearing on my R1 racebike. aluminum rear sprocket at that.

it's a huge difference in weight, cheaper, and more availability in sprocket sizes. as a competitive racer, we look for every single edge we can find. cons is that you lose the reliability and wear life of converting to a smaller pitch chain. 520 is the norm you'll find on most at the racetrack.
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I ran a 520 on my GSXR and also run it on my BMW. Unlike Tony, I prefer steel sprockets on 1000's.

If you're just riding on the streets I would stay 530 for longevity otherwise 520 is teh way to go.
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BTW, I have 520 gearing for your bike. Let me know if you make the change. I have some brand new sprockets for the GSXR.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:15 AM   #5
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I've run 520 and alum sprocket on a 1000 and have seen the sprocket take a beating after a while but will continue running alum for the anodized bling factor...currently running a 520/alum sprocket on my r1 as well...thanks Tony!
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I tried a 43 rear instead of 42 and did not like the feel....i prefer the stock gearing...i don't think i need any quicker acceleration for street riding.

Reliability is a big part for me.

Just wondering how much of a relibility vs weight loss gain between the two..

Will i even see the gain?
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the gains are so small.... as a street rider, it is most definitely not worth it on a 1000 which has massive amount of power already. if you can afford it though....why not
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looks like I may stick with the 530 after all..
thanks for all the input guys..
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the gains are so small.... as a street rider, it is most definitely not worth it on a 1000 which has massive amount of power already. if you can afford it though....why not
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you were saying 525, its still a good size chain, as long as you get a gold series and stick to steel sprockets youll get plenty of life, I keep the 525/ Gold RK because I really beat on it and it holds up great Im still running the same chain almost 2 yrs with backroad rides and to many to count trackdays.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:02 PM   #12
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you were saying 525, its still a good size chain, as long as you get a gold series and stick to steel sprockets youll get plenty of life, I keep the 525/ Gold RK because I really beat on it and it holds up great Im still running the same chain almost 2 yrs with backroad rides and to many to count trackdays.
Yes! 525. I won't do a 520 on my street bike..

I need to get a chain that does not stretch so quick..DID seems to stretch quick...And from what I hear its a good brand. I heard Tsubaki makes a stiffer chain..

My chain is adjusted right...
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im on a big twin. i'll tear up an alum sprocket like its nobodys bidness,riding mainly street i stuck to the 530 but +2 in the rear with a super-sprox and D.I.D. chain.
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sorry for the thread jack.. but is the front sprocket supposed to have some play? or does it need to not wiggle at all. i noticed this when i was cleaning my chain. bolt on the sprocket is tight
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You could go 525. My 2011 ZX-10R came stock with a 525 chain.

If 530 is cheaper then just go with that...
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There is no point in changing the pitch if your're not even going to go change the gearing. I can't believe you prefer stock gearing over, at least, -1 in the front. Maybe the 43 on the rear shortened your wheelbase too much and made it twitchy. How about a 16/42? Longer wheelbase = more stability and not such a out of the corners. It really really wake your motorcycle up.

And a DID evr3 is the best chain you can get. I put mine on and dont even need to adjust it again unless I change gearing. No problems stretching at all.

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I tried a 43 rear instead of 42 and did not like the feel....i prefer the stock gearing...i don't think i need any quicker acceleration for street riding.
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There is no point in changing the pitch if your're not even going to go change the gearing. I can't believe you prefer stock gearing over, at least, -1 in the front. Maybe the 43 on the rear shortened your wheelbase too much and made it twitchy. How about a 16/42? Longer wheelbase = more stability and not such a out of the corners. It really really wake your motorcycle up.


I'm -1/+1 on my 10 with a 1/5th throttle
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I'm -1/+1 on my 10 with a 1/5th throttle
that's got to be wheelie happy..
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I kept 530 and still sprockets.. I was told my R1 would eat an aluminum rear in a week
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