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Old 09-23-2012, 04:12 AM
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Hey thanks to the help of Dirt's write-ups and the rest of you guys
I have taken apart my f3 and replaced everything (maintenance wise).

But now I'm having a very hard time understanding and finding information
on what is a acceptable/safe chain&sprocket set up.

I have a 95 and from what I have read the oem is 15t main, 43t rear, and a 530 chain with 108 links.

I understand all that thankfully.
Now that I have gotten comfortable on my baby I want more low end, So my question is if I buy a 14t main, 45t rear (-1/+2) I guess you say?, and a 530 chain with 108 links is that an acceptable set-up, or will the chain now not be long enough?
Do I buy a longer chain but stay with 530, or change it up to 520 vise versa?

Very confused as you can see
 
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:06 AM
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and now I'm reading you need to match the sprockets to the chain (ex: 530 sprockets with 530 chain)

but on bike bandit it doesn't mention those numbers. help a mate out brothas
 
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:04 AM
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For the -1/+2 change that you're proposing, You'll be fine with a 108 link chain.
You may lose a teeny bit of travel but it should fit fine.

The part about sprocket-chain size matching is correct. If you buy the
chain/sprockets as a kit, that's already dealt with. If you try to save a few bucks
with the build-your-own approach, you'll need to ensure size-compatability.

The conventional wisdom is to change chain and sprockets as a set. As they wear
they will 'seat' to each other. Using a newer chain and/or sprocket(s) together with
used parts, can add excess wear/stress to the ensemble.

Size considerations themselves, are a non-issue for the average rider. Stick to stock
chain size, unless you have a specific application (in which case, you already know
why you are changing).

Hope this helps, Ern
 
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:22 AM
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always very helpful mad. Thanks a lot.
what other sites are out there besides BikeBandit?
I have found the 530 kit on there website but it keeps it oem spec.

what would you suggest. I rather not risk a 'miss match fit' so a kit would be nice.
 
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:29 AM
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Check ebay, do a search for your bike-specific and you will find various conversion
kits offered as well. If you stick to a well established manufacturer, you won't have any problems. RK, DID, etc.

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Old 09-23-2012, 07:40 AM
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Very happy with my F3's 45T rear and DID X-ring 530 chain. I left the front alone because I commute on the hwy and didn't want it screaming. If I was only riding it for fun then i'd definately go the 14T front as well. Glad I bought the X-ring instead of a cheaper option.
 
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:58 AM
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According to Gearing Commander.com
the difference between what your set up is and what mine will be is
350rpms in 6th gear. So idk hopefully it wont scream.
 
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