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Rear Sprocket Blues

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I am getting ready to put new tires on the 650LT, so good time to change out the rear sprocket. I can not find a JT brand rear Sprocket in 44 tooth...crazy huh? I found an aluminum JT one on Amazon for a really good price 26.00, but really don't think I want to run aluminum on a long distance road bike.

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Thanks Jay Chicago!
So close, 43 or 45 tooth, no 44. Yikes! Maybe I will call them Monday. Great suggestion for a web site, Thanks.

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Hey Black Dog Already tried.... no 44. Maybe I call them Monday and they can order or ship from manufacturer. Thanks!

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Sunstar Steel Rear Sprocket 44T 2-335644

Sunstar Steel Rear Sprocket 44T 2-335644

I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.
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i run a 43 and found it to be the best. but thats just me

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Hey Silverfox, that might be an option. Not so sure about in town, and starting from a stop. Thought I would play it safe with a 44, but am considering all options!

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i run a 43 and found it to be the best. but thats just me
Did you try a 44T? What difference did you notice between the 43T and the 44T?

I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.
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Hey Silverfox, that might be an option. Not so sure about in town, and starting from a stop. Thought I would play it safe with a 44, but am considering all options!
well i lived in portland with it and did a lot of 2 up riding and it did fine. and it will still wheelie in 1st and 2nd gear when you try. oh and the speedo is almost spot on

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Did you try a 44T? What difference did you notice between the 43T and the 44T?
nope. went right to a 43

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nope. went right to a 43
You had previously mentioned: "i run a 43 and found it to be the best. but thats just me ". This led me to believe that you had compared the 43T to all options.

I run a 44T rear sprocket and like it quite a bit more than the OEM sprocket. However I cannot say that I find it the best because I did not compare it to all other options.
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A 43 rear is very close to the same as a 16t counter stock 15-46 a little over 3to1-go to gear commander put in your bikes info and play with it-you will see 43-44 very little difference--also not sure why your looking for a JT over a Sunstar--Sunstar is oem quality nothing wrong with JT but if your buying why not go with the better part if you want a steel 43t-the alloy sprockets today are a lot better than the old dirt bike days but still will not last as long as steel-I would think you would get about 10,000 miles out of the alloy sprocket before the teeth would curl and break off if you do not ride in the dirt
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Thanks Motorboy, you are so right. You have really tempted me to go with the 43 and make a real change. I do a fair amount of freeway droning, so this may be the attractive option. I just did not want to make it too tall geared and regretting my decision when in stop and go traffic. I know JT makes some good stuff, and I am sure the aluminum sprocket would work fine, just not what I was planning on putting on there. You know...change and all that!

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You had previously mentioned: "i run a 43 and found it to be the best. but thats just me ". This led me to believe that you had compared the 43T to all options.

I run a 44T rear sprocket and like it quite a bit more than the OEM sprocket. However I cannot say that I find it the best because I did not compare it to all other options.
oh no sorry i went from OEM (46?) to a 39 (i think) and that was to puck so i switched to what i thought ways a 42 but last i looked it was a 43
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You had previously mentioned: "i run a 43 and found it to be the best. but thats just me ". This led me to believe that you had compared the 43T to all options.

I run a 44T rear sprocket and like it quite a bit more than the OEM sprocket. However I cannot say that I find it the best because I did not compare it to all other options.
like quexpress, i run a 44 tooth rear sprocket and like it. makes 1st gear longer and more useful, and cuts rpm on highway at any given speed. i changed a few years ago, but i think i have a steel superlite. i researched it. there are sites that go over the pro's and con's of different gear changes, optimum ratios, and the necessary chain adaptations. 44 tooth made the most sense to me for what i wanted. gearing commander.com can help, as well as numerous other sites. change the gearing depending on the effect you desire. better to change the rear sprocket first. one tooth change on the front sprocket equals 3-4 tooth change on the rear. may be more than you desire. 2 teeth change on the rear for me was noticeable and hit the sweet spot.
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44T made a noticeable difference for me, however there's still that 1st gear buck when taking slow, right angle turns (i.e. when you hit 5K and thing jerks). I think 44T was a solid choice. I believe AlaskaJeff still has a 43T available though (http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...#post1435050)-, I bought the 44) for a good price. That is, if you haven't bought it yet.

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