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Old 08-21-2008, 02:26 PM   #1
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Question CBR 600 F4 Help... Again.

Its time for the chain!
I have removed my back tire, replaced my forward and aft brake pads, done my oil change, bled my brake system and removed the old chain.
But now I have the new task of figuring out what chain and sprocket to get!

Talked to some people and a few bike shops, but they all swear by something different or don't have a clue.

So, I ask the humble people of MH, please, help me figure out what to do for my chain set-up!

Now, so ya'll aren't just firing at the broad side of a barn, the front sprocket looks pretty good, which I was surprised, no chips or nothing, but the chain and especially the rear sprocket were jacked to (shudder shudder). So I need a new rear sprocket and chain (duh.).

The F4 is already pretty good off the line, I would like more mid-range power, and I don't top out too much (no track days for me fellas.), so what gear ratio we talking here?

Since I don't really ride the bike all that much, I am willing to forgo some durability for some performance gains. I am looking to spend about $200 and I am putting it on myself (with some more experienced friends that is.).

any suggestions?


P.S.: I have removed my Twin Brothers slip-on in hopes of cutting it down shorter to clean up the look of the bike and get more of the "grumble" in my exhaust sound, anyone get some ideas on that? I am thinking about undoing the rivet seals around the aft side, cutting it down with a hacksaw and re--riveting the aft part back in, sounds like a plan? Anyone got some suggestions before I actually put hacksaw to muffler?

Operation Streetfightin' F4 is coming along just fine so far...
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:31 PM   #2
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call Motorcycles Unlimited and ask them they will tell you the true gearing you should use
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:33 PM   #3
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and your idea with the exhaust will work, sometimes the inner tube has to be trimmed inwards to slide the cap(end piece that your riveted off) back on,
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:33 PM   #4
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do they sell chains and sprockets, or do I have to get them to order it and put it on for me? A few places are like that.
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:34 PM   #5
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im sure they will just sell you one, or put it on if you want. either way they can get you the parts.
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:37 PM   #6
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they sell just parts if thats all you want, or they will sell u the parts and put it on for you, or you can bring them your parts and have them put it on. its up to you. and most of the time they have chain and sprokets in stock

dont forget to mention your on motohouston for your discount
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:41 PM   #7
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motohouston discount? Word to that, and thanks for the tip on the exhaust... time to start hacking!
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:59 PM   #8
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Huffy...lightweight, less drag. Maybe upgrade to Mongoose.

I have Regina, and I'm happy so far. Up until now, I have used sidewinders and noticed the Regina wears better.
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Call patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited...they just installed a new front spocket -1 in front on my F4 and it was $65 bucks for the spocket and install.

Noticable difference off the line and through second and thrid gear. Great mod for the price.
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take this as you will, since i've never owned a bike with a chain (all belts), but i've always been told to change both sprokets and chain at the same time.
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Old 08-21-2008, 03:13 PM   #11
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well people, just got off the phone with the people at Motorcycles Unlimited. After some discussion, the good ol' stock set-up will do just fine for me. I bought the bike used, with the chain in questionable condition. I was advised to get a NEW stock set-up to really experience the bike and then change up the gearing from there. So, in about 3-4 days, I will getting my new Arkaine (???) steel set-up (in a nice shiny silver) and it cost me all of a whopping... (drum roll)... $168!! I told him I was MH member, and he hooked it up.
So now thats that, MH is the place to go for me! There are close (i live kinda where 1960 turns in HWY 6), give discounts and got some good prices.

Now... where do I put my hack saw...?
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kacivic, I feel you on swapping out both sprockets, but as of now, I am just doing the rear. Once I ride around a bit, then I will decide on what to do with the front, if to either remove or add some teeth.
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