5th gen: Chain/Sprockets Input needed

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  1. Edwii

    Edwii New Member

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    My current chain is shot, and I might as well change the chain while I'm at it.
    Question 1:
    I'm going with a 530 DID Xring Chain of some sort, But I am unsure how many links to order, and should I look for an endless chain or what?

    Question 2:
    Sprockets; I was going to order from "PBISprockets.com", I don't know if they have the best value for a VFR, but I was told to use them for my H1 Kawasaki sprockets. They don't offer the option for steel rear sprockets, only in aluminum; is this going to ware much faster?

    Question 3:
    Teeth; How many should I aim for in front and rear? As far as I know my bike has stock sprockets, which is comfortable. I am tempted however to gear for a bit more low end, I don't know how adversely this would effect the mileage tho. It's worth noting I am in Canada and everything is far apart lol. Any input would be nice to consider.

    Any final thoughts or considerations are quite welcome.
    Thanks for the help.
     
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    When I bought chain and sprocket for my '99 I bought a 108 link DID X-ring chain, not the super expensive one though, and a 45 tooth steel sprocket. Aluminum sprockets just aren't worth the money. A 45 tooth rear and a stock front will give you better use of first gear, and a bit better acceleration. My fuel mileage was about the same, and increased in certain circumstances. I bought my stuff from http://sprocketspecialists.com/ .
     
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    When I did the sprockets and chain on my 1998 VFR I purchased stock OEM sprockets from Motosport. You will definitely get more life out of the Steel OEM vs Aluminum. Plus the OEM are quieter because they have "cush" attached to them. (Right is original OEM, left is replacement OEM)
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    REAR (#2) - SPROCKET, FINAL DRIVEN (43T) 41201-MBG-000
    FRONT (#19) - SPROCKET, DRIVE (17T) 23801-MAT-760

    On the advice of a friend, I also purchased 9 new (#22) NUT, FLANGE (8MM) 90309-428-731. Luckily I purchased extra ones because I did strip two of them when installing the rear sprocket (the nuts are aluminum and the bolts are steel).

    From Sprocket Center I purchased a D.I.D. 530VX Pro Street Series X-Ring Sealed Chain (108 Link) in Natural Finish (with an extra Master Link just in case I destroyed/split the master link rivet when installing).

    I used a bolt cutter to remove the old chain in about 10 seconds. Then I used the Motion Pro PBR Chain Breaker Tool to install the new one. You will have to really wrench down on the master link rivet (almost bottom out the tool) to make sure it mushrooms correctly. But be careful not to split it.

    I removed the cover assembly (#1) along with the slave assembly (#9) and just used zip ties to hold them together while they dangled there during the front sprocket installation.
     
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    I use JT Sprockets, OEM prices are redonkeyless. My last order came from Amazon, prime shipping on all. Items were the following:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GTZ168?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005DUMX16?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00
    I splurged on the chain, it's lasted 25K so far..
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WNROHW?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01

    I do have a chain breaking/rivet kit but I only use it for the installation. My method for removing the old chain takes a few seconds. I simply use channellock pliers and an angle grinder with a cutoff wheel.

    Tip: you'll be removing the clutch slave cylinder/speedo sensor housing thing to get at the front sprocket. DO NOT squeeze the clutch lever at any point while that housing is unbolted.
     
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    I just ordered mine from Canada's motorcycle, due to the horrible exchange rate and that it shipped from Canada.

    I also chose the RK chain, because both plates are anodized, instead of just the outer ones.
     
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    Can you link me to the exact product(s) you got?
     
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    https://www.canadasmotorcycle.ca/street-bike.html

    I got parts for the 4th gen, so you'll have to do your own picking. I bought the sprockets and chain as separate parts.

    Item Sku Qty Subtotal
    JT Sprockets Steel Front Sprocket 16T (530) - JTF333.16
    Vehicle
    1995 Honda VFR750F Interceptor - Option: 16T (530) XA4064062 1 $27.51
    JT Sprockets Steel Rear Sprocket 43T (50) - JTR1340.43
    Vehicle
    1995 Honda VFR750F Interceptor - Option: 43T (50) XA4749110 1 $44.39
    RK 530 GXW Premium XW-Ring Chain
    Color
    Gold
    Size
    120 P503732 1 $225.86
     
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    Be really careful not to over-tighten the 2 long bolts that secure the clutch slave cylinder !! :eagerness:
     
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    To go up 2 teeth on the rear would I need a longer chain? buying a new set, JT sprockets and Gold X ring chain, standard front sprocket but want to go up 2 on the rear for more torque low down, top end speed doesn't concern me.
     
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    I have the stock countershaft sprocket and 2 teeth larger on the rear sprocket, and the stock chain length works
    just fine.
     
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    Do you like having the extra power low down? any downside? thanks
     
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    One of the best things I've done. I expected gas mileage to decrease at highway speeds, but, if anything, it
    actually improved. The bike is so overgeared that it's pretty silly really. First gear is still tall, but at least
    you don't have to rev the hell out of it to get started uphill carrying a passenger and gear.

    I can't imagine that you wouldn't like the change in gearing as much as I do. The increased rev's at speed
    is simply not noticeable.
     
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    After riding mine now for a while, I'm thinkin' a gear reduction is in order too..... sprocket isn't a lot of money, my chain is new, why not.... cheap experiment really.
     
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