So cal desert riding gearing

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Posted November 01, 2008 - 05:30 PM


Hey guys, curious to see what gearing everyones running that rides in the open deserts of So Cal., such as Ocotillo Wells, Stoddard Valley. I ride a YZ426 and need to change it up as the previous owner had it geared for Glamis.

  • grayracer513

Posted November 01, 2008 - 06:32 PM


I run my '06 with either stock, or one tooth higher than stock gearing. On your 426, that would be 49/14, or 48/14. There are occasions when I'd like one more tooth off, but they are fairly rare for me. Not so much my son, however. He'd probably like it another notch up.

  • jho410

Posted November 01, 2008 - 07:39 PM


What Gray suggests is about right. It really depends on whether you are going to ride rocky, technical uphills. If so, I would remove a tooth or two from the rear. If not, I would consider adding a tooth to the counter sprocket. When we ride Baja for fun, we run this gearing and it is about perfect.

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Posted November 01, 2008 - 09:13 PM


Thanx guys. Think I'll pick up a new rear tomorrow


Posted November 05, 2008 - 12:59 AM


Hey guys I found a 14 front in my toolbox... what should I expect different on my top end if I go from my 13/50 setup to a 14/50?

  • grayracer513

Posted November 05, 2008 - 06:26 AM


About 6-7 mph in 5th. 50/14 is still one tooth lower than stock, but it will be way better than what you have. If it was me, I'd go get a 48 for the rear to go with it.


Posted November 05, 2008 - 08:15 AM


thanx Gray

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