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post #1 of 22 Old 04-20-2011, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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2009 klr 650. 16t sprocket and chain sizing

if i would change my 15t out for a 16t, would i for sure have to get a new chain so it would fit or will i get away with using the original chain. i would like to know from the people who have done this mod.
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There is sufficient adjustment at the back of the swing arm to allow a 16t sprocket to be installed.

How many miles are on your chain, and what general condition is it in?

Often, it is not prudent to install new sprockets with an old chain. As the chain wears it's pitch changes a wee bit, making the fit on a new sprocket (the old sprockets will be correspondingly worn) a bit off.

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the chain is not worn all that much. i figured the new sprocket and slightly used chain would work smooth enough together. I was just hoping to get away with not having to buy a new chain. But yeah, i figured the clearance would be just a hair to tight to be able to slip a 16t in there.
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The 16 will fit, so with the chain being not very worn, go for it!

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Just how will this impact his performance at say fifth gear 4000 rpm ? 5000 rpm ?
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Just how will this impact his performance at say fifth gear 4000 rpm ? 5000 rpm ?

Going from 15 to 16t will knock about 400 rpm of your mph. If you were spinning 4500 @ 60 mph you'll be about 4100 @ 60 with the 16t.

You'll have less roll on power and hill climbing power when you raise the gearing, more top end 'natch. I went to a 16t because I mostly commute @ 60mph, it really helped the motor to relax.

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this would be nice... most of what i do with this bike is on the road ...how hard is it to change.??.. I am assuming that the current one that is on my 09 is a 15 T........
thx for the scoop...
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this would be nice... most of what i do with this bike is on the road ...how hard is it to change.??.. I am assuming that the current one that is on my 09 is a 15 T........
thx for the scoop...
stock sprocket is 15 T as for the chain, I go from a 14 T to a 16 T with no trouble EZ job you will like the 16 takes a lot of buzz out of the bike, mpg goes up and 1st gear feels the same to me... I like it on my 09
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I ran the 16 for 14,000 miles including a trip to alaska and back. It works well on the road if you have a light load. Loaded down with gear , headwinds or hills it effectively left me with 4 usable gears. Stock gearing is better for me. My 2006 uses no oil even running at 5500 RPM for hours. And I felt a big difference in 1st gear. It is very tolerable on the road but annoying in anything but docile off road. It is a mod I encourage everyone to try. It is cheap and easy to change and change back. Really depends on your riding style and terrain. Most my road riding is 2 lanes with 55 MPH speedlimits. Stock gearing is better for me.
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cool cool...this is helpful all
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