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rear sproket change, 46 to 44 T

It all starts with having to put this on.

But thanks to the thread on wheel removal http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=3109 it was easy.
Having no rear stand had to use my truck jack under muffler with a couple of tiedowns assisting the load as did not want to damage muffler.

the brake were hard to undo so had to have my vice grips for assistance

Axle came out real easy by just pulling through with my hand, no banging out required but nearly dropped the brake holder thingy on ground so i do not think it will like a hard knock on a concrete floor.
Put wheel on bench with blocks under tyres to protect rotor as per the manual.
Yes i do read my manual and am a very sad person as i have printed over 600 pages out if it.

New sprocket nuts torqued to 44 ftlbs as per manual and then due to a lack of freinds had to reinstall the wheel, used my knees and my bar under the tyre to help re line up and axle straight back in.
All back together but sad news is that it is now dark and to cold to ride may test ride tommorow
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For some reason could not post this picture in prevous post but this me using a bar under wheel with no freinds to help, boohoo

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I thinks you are all set to graduate as a Versys Grease Monkey. Good job Buddy and hope you test ride and post results.

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great test ride apart from a dodgy slip on the rear on a country road around a corner, i will blame the tyres and a bit of loose gravel, was at 110km/hr so heart rate went up. As far as the higher gearing, love it. 1st gear a lot more freindly IMHO around town. Have yet to really test it on a good trip with lots of twisties but not the right time of year here.
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and do take it easy with the new set up.

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Hi Mate, Thanks for your reply, sounds like you got the last 44 in stock,I can get a 16 front that should be all same maybe. Take care out there, catch ya
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I'm a huge 44t fan! Can't wait to hear a full ride report once you get a chance to stretch her legs real good...talking about the bike btw!

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maygo for a ride to the brass monkey bike rally on sat if weather fine to test out bike.
http://www.brassmonkeyrally.org.nz/1.htm
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maygo for a ride to the brass monkey bike rally on sat if weather fine to test out bike.
http://www.brassmonkeyrally.org.nz/1.htm
Did you make it to the Brass Monkey ride?

The site didn't say if it was on or not, just "huge trail washouts and 1 ft snow".

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44t made my bike feel so much better at higher speeds. I can't believe kawi didn't make them like that from the factory
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44t made my bike feel so much better at higher speeds. I can't believe kawi didn't make them like that from the factory
'Cause not all of us want i that way....





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Does it change the readout on your speedo? Mine reads about 3 mph slower. Also, why must you remove your brake caliper? I remove wheels all the time and don't have to that.

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Did you make it to the Brass Monkey ride?

The site didn't say if it was on or not, just "huge trail washouts and 1 ft snow".

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Did not make it because I chickened out okay, getting soft in my middle age
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Did not make it because I chickened out okay, getting soft in my middle age
We don't call it chickening out, we call it "had something come up at the last minute"...






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44T Changeover

I got around to changing my OEM rear sprocket to a 44T rear sprocket today. I had read through these posting several times to ensure I did it correctly.
Lessons learned:

You don't have to remove the rear brake caliper
It's easier to put the axle bolt in from the "chain side" of the wheel
Total time spent appx 1 hour
If doing this on a 90% humid day, go grab a cold one when finished...you deserve it!
Possible road test later this week.

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Does it change the readout on your speedo? Mine reads about 3 mph slower. Also, why must you remove your brake caliper? I remove wheels all the time and don't have to that.
No need to remove the caliper. I didn't, the process took me all of about 15 minutes using my air tools. No special stand, just a jack stand under the right foot peg.

Tilt the bike on the kick stand and place the jack stand under the right foot peg to remove the wheel.

Before install of the wheel open up the brake pads so you will have any easy time lining up the rotor when installing the wheel. I use a large flat blade screwdriver to do this. VERY IMPORTANT: Be sure to pump your rear brake pedal to close the pads after the install before you ride. If you don't do this you won’t have any rear brake for that stop.
you probably already know all this, think Ill go adjust my chain.
Ride Safe!

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