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Old 09-26-2007, 01:50 PM   #1
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520 Chain Conversion

Whats so special about it? And what is the point of it? A lot of people say its supposed to be so much better. just though i would take yall opinions on it. Thanks
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lighter on the drivetrain.....spins faster.

you gain performance, but lose reliability....as the 520's wear and tear faster.
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If your riding street just stick with steel stock ratio sprockets
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If your riding street just stick with steel stock ratio sprockets
Atleast stick with your stock chain size and and steal sprockets but dropping a tooth in the front is always a nice change.
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Like house of Pain said the 520 chain is narrower and so it weighs less. Allows the engine to use less power to accelerate the chain and so more power is left to drive the tire.
The difference is pretty minimal and is mostly used by posers or serious racers.
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i wasnt planning on changing but was curious about the conversion but by dropping one in the front... that would make my bike more torquier right
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makes your bike quicker but you can snap your chain super easy if you pop the clutch any
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I did the smaller procket mod and have'nt had any chain problems, so far.
I've done lots of wheelies and hard accels. I think if you went 520 and abused the chain it might give you trouble.
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i wasnt planning on changing but was curious about the conversion but by dropping one in the front... that would make my bike more torquier right
Dropping a tooth in the front is your best bang for the buck because you don't have to get a new chain and you get a little more torque.
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Dropping a tooth in the front is your best bang for the buck because you don't have to get a new chain and you get a little more torque.


i wasnt going to do the conversion but was wondering what was all the talk about. but 1 tooth in the front don't sound bad.
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yeah, drop 1 tooth in the front....for even more torque, you can add 2 to the rear as well.

but 1 tooth dropped in the front will definately make a difference.
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when you change sprockets or chain, replace all at the same time.
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instead of getting that do a track day or something.
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Some bikes, the Mille and Tiller for instance are overgeared, so 2 up in back or 1 down in front actually adds performance across the entire performance spectrum. Other bikes may sacrifice a small amount of top end but SOTP will feel torquier and quicker. Actual performance gains in the 1/4 may be minimal, but roll ons are helped out a fair amount.
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makes your bike quicker but you can snap your chain super easy if you pop the clutch any
That's not true. The tensile strength of a high-end 520 chain is not much less than a 530 chain. If you have it adjusted properly and perform regular maintenance, a premium 520 chain will not snap due to acceleration.

I agree that sticking w/ a 530 is the best move for street use, but if you switch to a 520 you may have to replace your chain after 10K miles as apposed to 13-15K for a 530.

I have around 10K on my 520 set-up and still have plenty of chain life left.
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Dropping one tooth on the front sounds good for my Gixxer.
I have two questions:
1. Will it effect top end?
2. Does it throw off the speedo or anything?

Thanks, Good thread!
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