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what to do w chain if changing front from stock 15 to 13

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got xr650l 2005. I want to try 13 in front instead stock 15. do I need to adjust chain or take 1 part out of it? what's lifetime of the chain average 80 hwy 20 offroad riding. got 4200 miles on my bike.

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You might have to shorten it by 2 links, or just take the adjusters all the way out. Its tough to say right off the bat w/o seeing it. Chain should last pretty long w/ the type of riding you do. My chain on my 650R has lasted a long time, and thats all hard off-road riding. Just keep it lubed and adjusted, and make sure its an o-ring chain, and it will last a LONG time...

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yeah, rule of thumb is you can do a tooth with no changes, but then it's 2 links for two teeth. ie-1t is 0 links, 2t is 2 links, 3t is still 2 links, but 4t is 4 links, etc

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Back when I owed a L,would run 15/45 and carry a 14 to swap on(can be done just adjusting chain).Dont think you'll like the 13 on highway.

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Honestly, if you run 80% on the highway, I wouldn't run a 13T up front.....2 reasons.....the chain has to make a sharper turn around the smaller front sprocket, which will wear a $80 to $100+ O-ring chain out faster. Second, given that the rear stock 45T is used, I doubt you will like the drop on top end MPH....which is not to say the bike won't run 75+, it will, but it will do it running the motor quite a bit harder at higher RPM......

This takes a little more effort, but I have a set up for the woods, and for the street......I run stock 15/45 O-ring on the street.......on the weekend I have a different set....El-CheapO....steel 13T up front....45T in back....NON O-ring chain for the woods.......the whole setup is under $100. I keep X-tra masters for the NON O-ring, they tend to not take the wear and tear of changing frequently during the summer months.......

Anyway....hope this helps......ride hard or stay in the garage...............:cool:

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Dont go to a 13 with 80/20 street/dirt. I run about the same 80/20 and run 15/48 and am very happy with it. Plus no chain mod needed.

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Dont go to a 13 with 80/20 street/dirt. I run about the same 80/20 and run 15/48 and am very happy with it. Plus no chain mod needed.

+1. 13 not good. I have found the 15/48 is a good freeway, 50-50 dualsport gear. I carry and or will change to 14/48 if I know I will be doing lots of off road/ more technical riding. 14/48 is great off road. Snappy and you can climb most anything in 2/3rd gear, rarely are you dropping down to first. Good luck!

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thank you guys for your guidance. I will probably stick with 15 to 14 variety and will try fist and than see. my bike does 91 (checked on gps ) mph with stock gearing.

I'm trying to find out some way arround for whole day trail riding. let's say we do 100 -150 miles on hwy to get there and than whole day on the trails (good time to swap I guess) and than way back again on the hwy :-(

what's avarage chain lifetime?

thanks r

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