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post #1 of 21 Old 06-23-2007, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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What is the best chain and sprockets combo?

I'm replacing my chain and sprockets. What is the best after market setup? I've been looking at dualstar sprockets front snd rear, and a DID x-ring chain. Anyone use these?
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-31-2007, 11:58 AM
 
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I have had great results in the past from a DID 520VM Xring chain on my Honda XR650L. Elden Carl over at http://multisurfacemotorcycling.com/.../fft041503.htm recommends the same chain and JT sprockets, so that's what I have ordered. On his advice I am changing to 15/44 gearing too.

rockymountainmc.com seems to have the best price on the chain.
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post #3 of 21 Old 08-01-2007, 03:56 AM
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Not knocking dual star, but I tried several times to contact them to make an order and all I ever got was voice mail. You might check Fred at Arrowhead motorsports, klr650.com, or TPI. Arrowhead and klr650 have always been very consistant with shipping time. Usually exactly one week from KLR650 and maybe 4 days with Arrowhead. Keeping in mind that is being shipped to Kentucky.

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I called Dual star over 100 times in about a two week period. I never talked to any one. Is there a way to order online? I tried and had my dad try to email them, but still never heard from them. I have heard many people complain about not being able to contact them. I'm not knocking them either, it looks like they make some of the best aftermarket parts for a KLR. I will never visit the site again or buy parts from them because of the unpleasent experiences I've had. I bought a D.I.D. 520 v ring and 15/43 tooth sprocket from klr650.com. Im happy but wish I would have gotten the16 tooth front.
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Go to
http://www.angelfire.com/ut/moab/parts_frames.html

16 tooth sprocket is 20.95. I love mine.

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Elden Carl sure doesn't think a 16T is a very good idea:

http://multisurfacemotorcycling.com/.../fft041503.htm
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I called Dual star over 100 times in about a two week period. I never talked to any one. Is there a way to order online? I tried and had my dad try to email them, but still never heard from them. I have heard many people complain about not being able to contact them. I'm not knocking them either, it looks like they make some of the best aftermarket parts for a KLR. I will never visit the site again or buy parts from them because of the unpleasent experiences I've had. I bought a D.I.D. 520 v ring and 15/43 tooth sprocket from klr650.com. Im happy but wish I would have gotten the16 tooth front.
I too got frustrated with Dual Star and their wierdness. I don't particularly like ordering over the phone. I'd rather do it online. I ordered a bunch of stuff from them recently and they said it'd go right out. Several days elapsed, they hadn't charged my CC or supplied the promised tracking number. I called them back again and they said some of the stuff was out of stock. It hadn't occurred to them that I might want to be advised of that.

I canceled the entire order and got it all from Fred, who as usual got it to me before I even thought about ordering it. I also discovered that Fred sells the Eagle drillthrough subframe kit for $24.00 and DS wants FIFTY BUCKS for the same thing.

From now on the only time I will order from DS is if I absolutely have to have it and there's nowhere else to get it. Fred @ Arrowhead and Bob @ TPI will get my biz in the future.
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Received my JT sprockets and DID 520VM chain today, and had two "false alarm" surprises. I unwrapped the 15T front sprocket and noticed that it has the two holes for the early models that had the keeper instead of the large nut and lockwasher. I figured I had screwed up and ordered the wrong sprocket.

When I got home I checked on the JT site though, and it is the correct sprocket... they just make it so it will work on either the later model or earlier model KLR.

Second, I took the rear sprocket out of the envelope and saw a large "C45" mark on it. Damn, thought I, they sent me a 45 tooth when I thought I ordered a 44. Looking more closely though, it is also stamped with the part number ending in -44, and just to be safe I counted the teeth... 44 of them.

I remember once before being confused about this on a JT sprocket... all the steel ones have that C45 designation, and it has nothing to do with how many teeth it has.

Whew. Both were false alarms. The chain and sprockets go on Saturday morning.
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That is an interesting article. I might start an a thread to ask riders that have used 16 tooth sprockets how many miles they have on the motor since the upgrade. I have another thread titled power change asking about the rpm changes. Something else is the article says to change to a 15/44 combo. A larger rear sprocket increases low end power, doesnt it? The article is about higher gearing for highway use and he goes the opposite. Is the power change on the motor that much of a issue? If I'm correct about the rear sprocket would it be safer to use a 42 rear sprocket thean a 16 front? It seems to me that a 42 rear would make a high end power change but not as much as a 16 front sprocket.
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