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    Junior Member kuller's Avatar
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    First gear too short

    I would like to make it so my first gear will last longer.I feel I have to shift too early into second. Sprocket change? Also I hate the cheap feel of the clutch. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kuller View Post
    I would like to make it so my first gear will last longer.I feel I have to shift too early into second. Sprocket change? Also I hate the cheap feel of the clutch. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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    45 tooth rear sprocket works for me even for off road.

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    I went with a 15 tooth front sprocket (similar to changing the rear to a 47) I wish I had done it a couple years earlier than I did!!
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    Helpful suggestions will be more relevant if you tell us where and how you ride.

    All flat paved roads, never off-road; all difficult steep muddy trails at 10,000 feet; 50-50 street-gravel/easy back-roads, etc.

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    Right you are Joe, appropriate gearing is so relative to the "where and how" of the rider and his environment.
    As to the clutch feel...well, welcome to the world of TW200s.
    You'll likely soon get used to it and simply develop a riding style that treats the clutch like a on/off switch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kuller View Post
    I would like to make it so my first gear will last longer.I feel I have to shift too early into second. Sprocket change? Also I hate the cheap feel of the clutch. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
    Here are a few suggestions

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    https://www.amazon.com/Sunstar-21315...A3TGC5XRRCX4P2
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    Just take off in second gear, that way you can still pull the plow when you want to.
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    I bought 2 new 2015 TWs and the clutch sucked horribly on both. They now both have over 1,300 miles or so on them and they are not bad at all now. What I did was disconnect the clutch cables when they were still new and lubed the hell out them with a teflon based heavy oil (Tetra Gun Oil). I lubed them, worked them, and let gravity help with the process until the oil was draining out the bottom of the cables. Took a while. Then when I reinstalled them I also used Tetra teflon based grease the cable ends. With some use after that treatment they are now nice and smooth and easy to operate. Well worth the effort.
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    15/49 sprockets. Really how it should have been stock.
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