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Changing chain and sprockets

I have to change the chain and sprockets on my v 650 2011..
I am going with OEM Sizes and i am new at this and i just want to make sure i am buying the right parts..

I am getting :
Rear sprockets
JT Sprockets 520 steel rear speakers 46t
front sprockets
JT Sprockets 520 steel front sprockets 15 t natural
Chain
DID 520 x 114 links vx2 pro-street series sealed x-ring natural chain


Does it fit???
Do you advise otherwise??

Thank you fot your help
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here is JT sprocket application guide. scroll down to page 35 and find your bike. It will show front sprocket, rear sprocket, and chain.
Looks like JTF565 15 JTR478 46 520 114

http://www.jtsprockets.com/fileadmin...Guide_2016.pdf

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I am getting :
Rear sprockets
JT Sprockets 520 steel rear speakers 46t
front sprockets
JT Sprockets 520 steel front sprockets 15 t natural
Chain
DID 520 x 114 links vx2 pro-street series sealed x-ring natural chain...Does it fit???...
Yes it fits.

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...Do you advise otherwise??...
Nope.

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The front sprocket can be tough to get off search the forum there are some good suggestions on here if you are having trouble with it.

I also have a 2011 and will be changing sprockets later this year. Please post back to this thread and let us know how things went.

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It might be too late, but my two centavos'worth.

I used a Sunstar front sprocket one time and went back to the MaKaw sprocket. The factory sprocket has a rubber dampener in it that significantly reduces noise levels. Particularly nice when beating around locally w/out ear protection on slower streets. Highway use always finds me using ear protection, so it really wouldn't matter under those circumstances.

If you look around the factory ones can be had for just over $20US.
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It might be too late, but my two centavos'worth.

I used a Sunstar front sprocket one time and went back to the MaKaw sprocket. The factory sprocket has a rubber dampener in it that significantly reduces noise levels. Particularly nice when beating around locally w/out ear protection on slower streets. Highway use always finds me using ear protection, so it really wouldn't matter under those circumstances.

If you look around the factory ones can be had for just over $20US.
JT also make a 15T rubber cushioned front sprocket https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F182827320398
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JT also make a 15T rubber cushioned front sprocket https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F182827320398

Awesomely good info, thanks.

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> The factory sprocket has a rubber dampener in it that significantly reduces noise levels.

I've had 4 rubber'ed ones and 8 regular ones, and I haven't heard any difference at all.
You might be fooled by the disappearance of wear noise when you change it.
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I've heard the sound difference the cushioned sprocket makes. I first noticed it gently pulling away from a stop, then twisting. As soon as I twisted, the chain noise was clearly much louder. The same happens when cruising then adding throttle to climb a grade, pass a vehicle, etc. I can replicate it on demand.

The rubber cushion makes a difference, but it certainly isn't required.

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personally on my 08 im running an un-dampened front sprocket and have changed over to a 43or42(to lazy to go look) rear sprocket and and not bugged by the "extra noise" from the front sprocket and with the change of the rear sprocket have noticed the speedometer is almost spot on now and it gets far less front end happy under HARD acceleration in first and second gear specially when riding 2 up.... but to each there own

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JTF565.15RB is the OEM size

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JT also make a 15T rubber cushioned front sprocket https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F182827320398
The title shows JTF565.16RB (16-teeth sprocket). The pic shows JTF565.15RB (15-teeth sprocket).
If purchasing, I would contact the seller to make sure that the desired sprocket (15 or 16 teeth) is sent.
JTF56515RB - Rubber Cushioned Steel Front Sprocket, 15T

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Having used both a solid and OEM front sprockets, I can say that there is an audible sound with the solid. Some can't hear it or don't care, but it was obvious to me when not using hearing protection. Just annoying enough to use OEM ever since.

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I've heard the sound difference the cushioned sprocket makes. I first noticed it gently pulling away from a stop, then twisting. As soon as I twisted, the chain noise was clearly much louder. The same happens when cruising then adding throttle to climb a grade, pass a vehicle, etc. I can replicate it on demand.

The rubber cushion makes a difference, but it certainly isn't required.
ALL the countershaft sprockets I have installed (after removing the OEM rubber-damped ones) have been just 'bare-boned' ones w/out the rubber.

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Having used both a solid and OEM front sprockets, I can say that there is an audible sound with the solid. Some can't hear it or don't care, but it was obvious to me when not using hearing protection. Just annoying enough to use OEM ever since.
I've not noticed any noise from it, as I ALWAYS wear ear-plugs, like these....

https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail...B&gclsrc=aw.ds

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ALL the countershaft sprockets I have installed (after removing the OEM rubber-damped ones) have been just 'bare-boned' ones w/out the rubber.
I wear earplugs most every ride, and I can hear the change in chain noise. It is surprising how loud the chain can be under load. I have to wonder what vibrations are also being damped by that rubber sprocket?

Maybe you should try a rubber damped sprocket next time. The engineers might just be on to something.

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hello
just an update ...

the sprockets did not fit my bike ..

for the rear sprocket, the opening in the old one and the new one did not match.
for the front one ,, the frame is a little thicker than the old one ..
so ive chainged my chain and kept the old sprockets .. unfortunately
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hello
just an update ...

the sprockets did not fit my bike ..

for the rear sprocket, the opening in the old one and the new one did not match.
for the front one ,, the frame is a little thicker than the old one ..
so ive chainged my chain and kept the old sprockets .. unfortunately
I just replaced chain and sprockets on my 2015 V-650.

It's not a good idea to install a new chain on old worn sprockets. It can cause premature chain wear cutting down the life of the chain.

Check out my recent post
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...sprockets.html

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The old sprockets were not worn out and i wanted to change them cuz i need to change my chain..
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...for the rear sprocket, the opening in the old one and the new one did not match....
Did you take a picture of them together?

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Did you take a picture of them together?

No i actually did not
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