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    Quote Originally Posted by sibyrnes View Post
    That's what I did. With proper carb tuning the bike feels like it was made for a 15 tooth front sprocket.
    Which rear sprocket did you use?
    What were you trying to achieve?
    What kind of riding do you do?

    I don't mind switching to a 15 front if it is the best solution...but not if the same or close improvement can be had with the stock 14 and careful rear sprocket selection.
    I'm not looking for a major change, just incremental improvement.
    I can't afford the time or $$ to experiment, I need to nail it first time out!
    I know a 15 is easier on the chain and itself than a 14, but that's not a concern.

    Has anyone tried the 14/48 combination I'm considering?
    After re-reading this whole thread I am also considering a 14/47, or maybe 46..thoughts?

    Thanks for the help!
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    I only need front sprocket changes and I have run up to 16 tooth fronts with the OEM chain length. With a 16 I had to remove the master link and wrap the chain then re-install the master link to allow the OEM chain length to fit and the adjusters were all the way forward

    Every front tooth equates to aprx 4 rear teeth so 15 is ideal for 95% of TW's out there I like the 16 tooth for urban warriors and open dirt desert riding like I prefer but my buddy runs 11 tooth up front with an ATV tire on his elk hauler / stump puller pack bike
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    Based on what you say you want the sprocket change for(in post #167), 15T front is the best option. It'a almost indentical to 47t rear and it's easier on the chain.
    Now, if you want to cruise at highway speeds(50-75mph),while being comfortable and not over-revving the engine and since your engine is tuned, go for 15T front-45T rear.
    You will be almost exactly at max torque(aprx. 7000rpm) at 4 speed with 50 mph and 5 speed with 65 mph.

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    pls folks lets stop with this "easy on the chain" nonsense, it's a chain folks !!!

    Chains by nature are a very durable item and btw they cost about what dinner for the family at Taco Bell costs and can be treated as a maintenance item on a TW

    Has anybody ever witnessed a chain that failed because of a smaller front sprocket ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth View Post
    Which rear sprocket did you use?
    What were you trying to achieve?
    What kind of riding do you do?
    I'm still running the stock rear but I am considering a 47 rear when I need a new chain.
    Withe the 15 the bike just winds out better and cruises at higher speeds without as much effort. It still has plenty of torque and can accelerate on uphill slopes in 5th gear. I think the TW needs the 14 tooth front with the factory carb settings.
    I ride mostly back, country roads and casual trails with a little two lane highway cruising.
    Last edited by sibyrnes; 11-11-2018 at 09:09 AM.

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    pls folks lets stop with this "easy on the chain" nonsense, it's a chain folks !!!

    Chains by nature are a very durable item and btw they cost about what dinner for the family at Taco Bell costs and can be treated as a maintenance item on a TW

    Has anybody ever witnessed a chain that failed because of a smaller front sprocket ?
    Chill man!
    I just mention it as a extra benefit of 15t front instead of 47T rear! And it's also cheaper!
    The chain won't fail but will stretch sooner.
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