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post #1 of 7 Old 11-13-2008, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Optimum gearing for daily driver

Alright, I am about to replace my drive chain and both front and rear sprockets. I have posted about this before and did a search also but what would be the optimum gearing for my 08 ZX10R that I use as a daily driver. I commute on the freeway 12 miles each way and other then that, its the backroads and streets. I live in Hawaii so top speed is not important at all. I want more low end torque and want to be able to wheelie more easily. I was thinking about doing the normal -1 in the front, then I thought about just going +3 in the rear and now I have kinda of compromised and was thinking about going -1 front / +1 rear. Is this too much? Your opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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Go -1F and then if you want more swap out the rear sprocket. Swaping the rear sprocket is much easier and going up 1 or 2 you should be able to use the same chain length I believe.
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i am in the same boat you are,i just got a -1 for the front ill try this weekend and see how that does and if i dont like it ill go 3-4 up in the rear and stock back on the front?
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-1F/+2R...seems to be a good combination for us 1st and 2nd Gen guys...

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post #5 of 7 Old 11-22-2008, 11:02 AM
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The chain is the expensive part and the sprockets are the cheaper parts, you might want to try the bigger rear sprocket first, then maybe the bigger rear and smaller front (which is intense). I'm pretty happy with my +3 rear. I went this way because I wanted this ratio and a nicer looking rear sprocket.
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yea just have to try and see what you like everybody will be different,i am going more for a drag gear as the streets are getting a little scary to ride with the new laws and stuff here in florida and this thing is a beast and takes every thing i got not to wheelie!!!!!!
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If you are replacing the chain anyway, might as well go up a few teeth on the rear sprocket and then make the chain have a few links longer than stock. It's easier on the chain if you do it that way, rather than smaller front sprocket.

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