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Sprockets and Mods for High Altitude Trails

7067 Views 16 Replies 9 Participants Last post by  eskermel
Hey guys, I'm new to the forum and have already spent a good deal of time reading many of your great posts.

I'm new to the TW and am really loving it!

I live at 9,400ft in the central rockies of Colorado. I mainly will be riding on steep rugged single tracks and fs roads between 8,000 and 12,000ft. Id like to optimize my 2006 TW for high altitude steep trail riding. The bike will hardly ever go below 5,000ft in altitude or venture on big highways but still being able to putter around town is semi important.

I spend a great deal of time prospecting up in the mountains and essentially want to use the TW as a pack mule to areas that I don't want to or can't get my truck into.

My first issue is to address any re-jetting or air box mods that might be necessary. It sounds like most do just fine with leaving the stock jetting and simply adding holes to the airbox cover. If I'm spending most of my time this high in altitude, do I need to change out the jets or make other adjustments?

Horse power loss this high up is near 30%. I might be dreaming but in the end I'd like to be able to climb 60% grades at this altitude. I image that I would need to re-jet and change the sprocket gearing at the very minimum???

Would changing the sprockets give me noticeably more torque or climbing ability? What sizes are recommended and safe to run without risking damaging the motor or other components?

I am open to any and all realistic suggestions.

Right now, I'm stock. Hand guards, rear rack and skid plate on the way.

Thanks for all of your help!
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"The shoulders on the front sprockets prevent using two ratios up front."

As my JT (front) sprockets had no shoulders, my use of duel front sprockets has not posed any problems. As a general statement, you will not be able to use a 12 or 13 tooth front sprocket in a "duel/duel" set-up. The reason being, the smaller sprockets do not have enough room (diameter) to have, or allow the drilling of screw holes needed for attaching the two front sprockets together. Perhaps this is what Russ meant (?). A 12 or 13 tooth sprocket is held to the primary shaft with a clip. The 14, 15...... use a plate that is held in place with two bolts (not present on 12/13 sprockets).

In my opinion, the slight misalignment on a single front, duel rear affords way more convenience as to offset the accelerated wear of a modestly priced chain and sprocket. Gerry.

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Thanks Russ. Our world can be a complicated one. Communication seems to always bring it down to an easy and understandable level.

Folks, you have many options. Study, choose and take responsibility......... As it is with all things. Gerry
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