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Installing a new chain?

What do you guys do to shorten a new chain to fit your bike? I know they sell kits for like $60, but I was wondering if there was a cheaper method.

Also, I'm trying to decide between my current 15/41 setup or changing it up to a 16/42 setup, how many links would I need for either?

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I have a motion pro tool, works great, a worthy investment if you plan to wrench on bikes for any length of time. IMO I would stick with 15/41.
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The combination chain breaker/riveter tool.
Remove the extra links and then rivet the ends using the master link, O-rings, and side plate in the kit.
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...Also, I'm trying to decide between my current 15/41 setup or changing it up to a 16/42 setup, how many links would I need for either?...
Do you mean a 15/42? Cause that's kinda the go-to. aka: -1/+2


On breaking and joining the chain: use a cut-off wheel or grinder to carefully buzz of the rivit heads flush with the plate before punching it out. Trust me on this, get a good chain tool. at least $60. I paid about 85. If you haven't used one before, you'll figure it out ok, but be careful at the end when you're clamping the rivits--just do a little at a time, then back up and look at the rivit. You'll probably repeat that a few times, cause you DONT want to over-tighten. nonono

I ran a 41 sprocket which gave me about 4mm more clearance, but switched back cause I just like the 42 better. quicker off the line, little more power, and I prefer the speed @ shifting points.

I put these pictures up for reference. I have sp1 swingarm and 190/55 tire. 15/42 and 104 links. Makes for tight tire/swingarm clearance, but gets better as tire wears. Right now I got 7mm clearance. Also makes your wheelbase as short as it can be with that tire.

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Yeah, every shop wants like $150 to replace chain + sprockets and the only reason I'm even considering bringing it in to a shop is because I don't have a proper chain breaker/rivet tool, but fuck it for $150 I might as well just buy them and do it myself. I decided to buy the 15/41 setup, does that mean 106 links will work?
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What tire size you have on back? It looks like you have a SP2? your swingarm is a dash longer than my SP1. Id say yea, 106 links may work well for you, just not familiar enough with sp2 swingarm to say for sure.
Chain length affects wheelbase, from all the posts I've read about it, minor changes in wheelbase do affect handling a little bit. But I think very little, unless you're pretty sensitive or on a track, might not matter at all to you.
Summing up, 106 links sounds right, but get more opinions or make sure you have at least 108 links to work with. I would also recomend buying 2 master-links. Cheap insurance if you f the first one up, (which happens easier than you may think)

Chain breaker - Can you rent one from autozone?

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Oh snap, I don't know. I've got a 190/50 on the rear. That would be pretty sweet if Autozone had 'em for rent. In any case, my order hasn't even been shipped yet because Renthal doesn't offer a 41 tooth rear sprocket so I've been going back n' forth with motomummy for alternatives.
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What size 520 or 530? I got a SuperLite Sprockets steel 520/41 tooth left over. I ran it for a couple serious rides and a little around town stuff. Maybe 300-400 miles...

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Oh snap, I don't know. I've got a 190/50 on the rear. That would be pretty sweet if Autozone had 'em for rent. In any case, my order hasn't even been shipped yet because Renthal doesn't offer a 41 tooth rear sprocket so I've been going back n' forth with motomummy for alternatives.
Driven sprockets are good too...



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Yeah, I decided to go with driven since it seems like everyone and their mom runs 'em and I rarely hear a complaint. I decided to really dedicate myself to this bike and "do it right" so I'm gonna try and buy new when I can for "wear n' tear" items.
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