If I go to 52 tooth rear will I need new chain?

5 replies to this topic
  • Fryboy

Posted February 12, 2003 - 09:30 AM


Hi everyone,

I am thinking of changing my stock gearing 14/50 to 14/52 and was wondering if you think I will need to buy a new chain too? I know I could go down in the front but hear it is harder on the chain. I think I have enough slack in my chain that if I moved rear forward more it would work but thought I would ask the professionals.


  • mmbasa

Posted February 12, 2003 - 09:35 AM


It can be done. But everyone says to change the chain and sprockets all at the same time to avoid excess wear on any one part, usually the newer one.

  • Waxer

Posted February 13, 2003 - 04:34 AM


It's allwats recc'd to replace the chain & sproket together since they wear together, for the 52 tooth yes you need a chain, or it will bury the tire against the front of your swingarm. This would prevent the use of a paddle tire or any hwy speeds.

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  • SFO

Posted February 13, 2003 - 06:18 AM


I run a few different gearing combinations on the stock chain length and really like the 14/52 because it allows me to run the rear wheel forward which aids turning considerably. Try it and you'll like it.

  • Fryboy

Posted February 13, 2003 - 06:53 AM


Thanks SFO ! That was the advice I was looking for. My stock chain is in great shape still ! No need to change it yet.


  • lewichris

Posted February 13, 2003 - 07:00 AM


i had to go to a 116 link for this. Hope this helps



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