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post #1 of 9 Old 03-30-2013, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Trying out different sprockets

My recently purchased KLR came with a 14 front and the stock 43 rear. I left that on for a while, but found it less than ideal when I went off road through Titus Canyon in Death Valley. The 300 mile road trip to Death Valley was OK, but on some of the tighter turns on steep climbs and descents I wished for lower gearing.

Since the chain needed replacing I decided to try a package with a 16 front and 45 rear. This combination brought me close to stock gearing which is fine for long road rides, or off road where there is little or no need for lower gearing. The upside of this is that in less than 30 minutes I can pop in the 14 and lower the gearing from 2.8 to 1 to 3.2 to 1.

I feel I've really got the best of both right now, and with my 18v impact wrench removing and tightening the front socket nut is a snap. I'm even planning to carry the impact with me on an excursion to Moab, UT so I can use the 16 to enjoy the lower rpms on the 400+ road miles and once there switch over to the 14 for trail work.

BTW, I'm running 108 on the chain length.
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Welcome to this forum. Sounds like a decent set up you have there. When are going to Moab?
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Welcome to this forum. Sounds like a decent set up you have there. When are going to Moab?
No set date. Retirement has its benefits. I'm just watching for a few warmer days.
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No set date. Retirement has its benefits. I'm just watching for a few warmer days.
We plan on being there the end of May or first of June.
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I feel I've really got the best of both right now, and with my 18v impact wrench removing and tightening the front socket nut is a snap.
I've been thinking about getting one of those as my compressor doesn't have enough cfm to support air tools. If you don't mind me asking, what kind/brand of electric impact wrench do you use?



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I've been thinking about getting one of those as my compressor doesn't have enough cfm to support air tools. If you don't mind me asking, what kind/brand of electric impact wrench do you use?
I have an 18V Ryobi with the small lithium battery. The smaller lithium is less than half the height and weight of the 18V NiCad battery pack with at least equal power. It charges faster, hold the charge much longer, and just make the tool much more comfortable.
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I have an 18V Ryobi with the small lithium battery. The smaller lithium is less than half the height and weight of the 18V NiCad battery pack with at least equal power. It charges faster, hold the charge much longer, and just make the tool much more comfortable.
Thanks for the reply. I see a few uses for one around here and they seem to me to be reasonably priced.



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Thanks for the reply. I see a few uses for one around here and they seem to me to be reasonably priced.
Once you have one you'll be reaching for it all the time. When I lube the bearings on my toy hauler I can remove and tighten all 24 lug nuts without changing batteries. The convenience is worth every dollar I spent on it.
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my makita 18v impact does a great job as well ..Welcome and thanks for sharing

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