Latest KLR test, using an 11 tooth front sprocket!!!!!!!!
For those interested, I got a new knobbie on the rear, its a chengshen knobbie. 17by5.6 inches!! A monster of a tire. Rubs the stock exhaust just a little because of the monster sid knobbs.
Anyways, this tire is a full 2 inches taller than my mefo's. So with my practicing for the up and comming enduro race, I figured I would need an 11 tooth front sproket to gear the beast like a mxer.
Simply put, it works awsome. 1st is granny, and easily pulls 2 up any technical hills. More race gearing, and much better for the tight stuff. I used to run a 12 for racing, but again, this tire is huge.
I was sceptical at first because of the chain actually slightly going down to the sprocket. But after about 80 solid miles through the rough, and some roads, there is no noticable wear. Now of course I would not suggest running this perminently. But for long off road excursions with your dirtbike buddies, it works fine.
I rode an hour to the event using a 15 tooth front. When I got there I took alittle less than 10 minutes to swap the 15 tooth to an 11 tooth.
For those who don't already know, you can get 14 thru 11 tooth sprockets that perfectly fit the KLR from a 2001 660 yamaha raptor. Excact same spline!
When using the thinner sprockets, always shim both sides so your lock washer makes a good contact with the nut. If you have a lock nut, then you don't realy need to shim.
Now keep in mind that running a 11 tooth with a stock tire your gearing will probably only warent about 65mph at redline!!! The monster tire that I got, changes my gearing like a 12 tooth.