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Sprockets, down in the front or up in the back?

Looking to get a little more go out of the V for a sacrfice of top speed, without having to buy a chain every other time i ride. So what have you guys done? what results have you gotten? have you tried both (up in back or down in front) and did you prefer one to the other? Thanks a bunch guys!
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Down in the back, defininately. THe cost is about the same, and that front is really hard to get off after some miles. I used cheaterbars, two different impact wrenches, still wouldn't come off. It looked good after 20K miles, so I left it on and changed the back and chain. 43 tooth is best.

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Element likes the 43

Because it gets the speed insync perfectly with the Garmin, and it cruises at a pleasant 5K, doing a true 65.

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I dont have my Versys yet, but on my previous F650 Dakar, I dropped 1 tooth on the front since I used the bike for back roads and gravel roads mostly and it really woke the bike up. When riding with a group of F650's it was noticeable the bike would pull harder.
1 tooth on the front sprocket is roughly equal to changing 3 teeth on the rear, and changing the front vs the rear should allow you to stay with the same chain as long as the chain is in good shape.
Check the thread direction before trying to loosen the nut on the front sprocket, some bikes have reverse thread.

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-1 in the front allows you to use the same chain. But it also creates a smaller circle that the chain turns around on up front. I would go +3 in the rear.

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