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43T R vs 16T F sprockets

What are the thoughs of going with a different drive ratio either changing out the front drive or wheel hub sprocket to make it higher.
Really a big difference from the stock ratio performance?
Off hand the rear one looks easier to do.
43/15 would be similar to 46/16 ratio about 2.866 vs 2.875
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I think the front sprocket is a little cheaper & is easier to R2. Pick yer poison & go for it. The end result we be so close, I doubt you could tell the difference.



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Just changed front to 16 (easy to do), the bike is harder to wheelie and rev's more comfortably at freeway speeds, either way (i agree with bear)
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I did a 43 t on the rear. The big disadvantage here is that the smaller diameter of the 43tooth rear sprocket has a smaller diameter. This makes you chain almost 3/4 the way to the end of its adjustment capability. Changing the from sprocket would not have this adverse affect. The other thing with the 43 sprocket is like adding an extra gear! Downside...it takes more rpm to pull wheelies. Hope this helps.

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By the way, IF you go with the front 16T, make sure to get the rubber dampened sprocket. If you get one without the damper, you might get a nasty loud gear whine as you ride. Mine whined so loud, other bikers were complaining. I went back to the stock 15T. Turns out, I like it better...



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Your chain and sprockets should live longer with a 16T as they all now have a larger diameter and the chain doesn't have such a tight radius to go around. Side by side, the 16T is noticeably larger than than the 15T. Easier to change the front providing you have an impact wrench. Either way..DO IT.
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Ahh...but does the 16t look this trick?
http://www.versysfarklefest.com/Images/sprocketbike.jpg

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Ahh...but does the 16t look this trick?
http://www.versysfarklefest.com/Images/sprocketbike.jpg
That looks nice.
You take any links out of the chain for the rear sprocket install?
I was thinking it might make it without taking any links with the wheel adjusted back.
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That looks nice.
You take any links out of the chain for the rear sprocket install?
I was thinking it might make it without taking any links with the wheel adjusted back.
I installed one of those, and the axle is in the middle of its adjustment range. No problem.

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By the way, IF you go with the front 16T, make sure to get the rubber dampened sprocket. ...
I had my bike in for its first service and had the dealer install the 16T sprocket that I bought from Bike Bandit for $34.78. On my service receipt, it said "front sprocket is very close to chain guide at engine case."

It rode fine on the way home on the Baltimore Beltway. I liked having the speedometer match my GPS. It's hard to claim that a few hundred RPMs makes a difference, but it seemed like it. I didn't notice much as low speed.

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That looks nice.
You take any links out of the chain for the rear sprocket install?
I was thinking it might make it without taking any links with the wheel adjusted back.
Like TTpete said, there is plenty of adjustment range left over. Approx a 1/3 of the range.

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Ahh...but does the 16t look this trick?
http://www.versysfarklefest.com/Images/sprocketbike.jpg

Boy is that chain tight.

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Boy is that chain tight.
You are right...I adjusted it right after the pic. Good eye.

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I had my bike in for its first service and had the dealer install the 16T sprocket that I bought from Bike Bandit for $34.78. On my service receipt, it said "front sprocket is very close to chain guide at engine case."

It rode fine on the way home on the Baltimore Beltway. I liked having the speedometer match my GPS. It's hard to claim that a few hundred RPMs makes a difference, but it seemed like it. I didn't notice much as low speed.

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What they probably mean is that the 16T takes up a lot of space in there but not to worry, it fits. There is no way a 17T would fit. The 16T is substantially larger than a 15T.
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