Gearing options for a 2003 WR450
Posted October 08, 2012 - 01:12 PM
I Have been riding my 2003 WR450 with the stock gearing (14-50) and IMHO it sucks! 1st gear is so low it is useless and second is too tall in really bad sections so I have been abusing the clutch like no tomorrow but as soon as the trail opens up a bit 2nd is too low and I'm revving the engine like a 250 and dealing with too much engine braking, or lugging 3rd.
I am thinking gear the bike up so 1st is rideable and it would be awesome if 2nd would be slightly lower than where 3rd is now so that I could run 2nd most of the time in the woods and have a true 1st gear for tech sections (I'm constantly going between 2nd and 3rd now).
I looked and couldn't find much on here that I thought applied to my situation. What would be awesome is about a half a gear jump up, 2nd becomes 2.5 etc.. My question is will one tooth on the rear make enough of a change (49) or should I go for a 48 rear or should I go up one tooth in the front (15) and if I do that is there enough clearance?
I ride mostly tight eastern rooty, rocky stuff (KY, WV, OH) and enjoy AA, black diamond type trail..
As always thanks in advance for any input.
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Posted October 09, 2012 - 07:59 PM
Thanks for the great advice!!!