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How to check front sproket count?

2031 Views 15 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  kenfyoozed
OK so i have both a 99 and 09. Bought a week apart. I have been riding the 99 to work the last 2 days and getting comfortable on it. I am waiting for my title to be mailed from the dealership so i can register the 09. While waiting i ordered a 130 main and some shims. Im on the gulf coast so i added 2 shims and the 10 main to the 09. Took it for a ride, and i felt as if it had less power after the mods. Then i began thinking maybe it was just a difference between the 99 and 09. the 99 seemed to have more tourque. Now im thinking all this while riding 09, and at that moment i click into 5th. I thought i was already in 5th so i realise somethings very different. When i get home i check the rear sprockets of both.....Yep the 09 has a 45 and the 99 a 50 tooth.I am really amazed at the difference. Its really like night and day. So now i wonder if he front sproket was changed as well, as this 09 came with the street tries and set up from the dealer as a street bike. I plan to put a few miles on the 09 tomorrow and see how i like it. I like the 50 tooth, so i may get a 47 and 50 to see how i like them. But how do i check the front sproket?
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Well got some seat time on the way to the kids school to help with a work day. Bike would barely do 55 flat out in 4th. 5th would drop speed drastically. No wonder this guy traded this bike in. I'm going to have to change it back. Not sure if I should go to a 47 or 50. Guess ill be riding the 99 for a while longer until I can get a new rear sprocket. Thoughts?
will the same length chain work for a 47 ad 50? i read where some say yes and others no......
ok i know newbie question but what is the proper length for a chain on a 2009?

and i should change the front sproket as well correct? to do this i need to order a new case cover gasket as well correct? anything else im mossing? other than knowledge.....
My parts should be in soon so ill be switching to either a 47 or 49. Ill post my findings.
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