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MotoAce51

Chain & Sprockets

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All knowledgable TT followers, I look to you for some advice!

I am getting ready for the upcoming season and I need a chain and sprockets for my 09 YZ450. Since I am not as much of a race junky these days (just getting back into the MX scene) I went with an O-ring chain. Now for the sprockets. I was looking towards stock sizes since I liked the bike last season and I am pretty sure it's still stock gearing. Anyways, I used a new dealer since I live too far from any of the places I used to deal with. For some reason the guy kept pushing a 14t front sprocket. He said the 14t is less abuse on the equipment and a better choice up front. He didn't have a larger rear in black to make up for the larger front so they sold me a 49t rear. This just seems like something is off and before I do anything with those parts I am looking for advice on gearing. Should I order a larger rear? Smaller front? I don't know why this is so difficult but I am completely confused.

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Take the 14 back to him and tell him to, um, sell it to someone else.  He's probably had it for 10 years and can't get rid of it.  14/49 is the same as 13/46, and it will be too tall for almost anything you want to do with it.  Go get your money back, and tell him to give you what you asked for.

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Ok so I'm not crazy. I am going to get it done. I just wanted to make sure my instinct about the larger front was right. Sweet deal. Thanks.

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