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I am mulling over a 520 conversion on my 04 10R. I am looking for input on the cons as well as pros. I know if I do the conversion I will be able to chain the final gearing. I am leaning toward one tooth smaller on the front and one larger on the rear.

Also, if I do it, what tools will I need besides normal tools (breaker bar, torque wrench, socket sizes...).

Thanks for the input in advance!!!
 

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Most of the 520 conversions come with an aluminium rear sprocket , some are hard anodized others arent, either way the ali sprocket wont last as long as a steel one.

There are aftermarket alloy sprockets with steel outer rings, but they are expensive.
 

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a 16/39 setup is pretty common amongst members for street use and still be able to reach 179-180 if that interests you.

using a 112L chain is also fairly common when installing a new setup so the wheelbase gets extended about 20mm and adds stability at higher speeds.
You'll want a chain tool capable of removing the OEM rivet as well as peening the new mstr link in place.
http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/tools/jumbo_chain_tool/
http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/tools/chain_breaker_and_riveting_tool/
http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/tools/chain_press_tool_kit/

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a 16/39 setup is pretty common amongst members for street use and still be able to reach 179-180 if that interests you.

using a 112L chain is also fairly common when installing a new setup so the wheelbase gets extended about 20mm and adds stability at higher speeds.
You'll want a chain tool capable of removing the OEM rivet as well as peening the new mstr link in place.
http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/tools/jumbo_chain_tool/
http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/tools/chain_breaker_and_riveting_tool/
http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/tools/chain_press_tool_kit/

BD
Thanks for the reply. I figured on getting the Motion Pro chain breaker kit Part # 08-0066. Will this be all that I will need to deal with the chain. As for sprockets, I am leaning toward a 16/41 combo to give me a 2:56 final. Your thoughts?

I understand that a longer wheel base tends to add stability, but I am not clear on what you mean by a 112L chain.
 

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Most of the 520 conversions come with an aluminium rear sprocket , some are hard anodized others arent, either way the ali sprocket wont last as long as a steel one.

There are aftermarket alloy sprockets with steel outer rings, but they are expensive.
Thanks for your input. I understand that the aluminum sprockets won't last as long. I can accept that. I will probably go with one of the hard anodized ones.
 

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a 16/39 setup is pretty common amongst members for street use and still be able to reach 179-180 if that interests you.

using a 112L chain is also fairly common when installing a new setup so the wheelbase gets extended about 20mm and adds stability at higher speeds.
You'll want a chain tool capable of removing the OEM rivet as well as peening the new mstr link in place.
http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/tools/jumbo_chain_tool/
http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/tools/chain_breaker_and_riveting_tool/
http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/tools/chain_press_tool_kit/

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Nice! just waht i neede to know, 16/39 so i can still hit 180 for 2 sec.:mrgreen:
112L??
 

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The OEM chain on the 04,5 10 is 110 links and it will work fine with your new 16/40 setup but a 112 link chain is what many have converted to when doing this, not necessary mind you but an option.

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Nice! just what i needed to know, 16/39 so i can still hit 180 for 2 sec.:mrgreen:
112L??
seeing as you have an 06 your OEM final drive is 17/40 so changing to 16/40 or 16/41 are good setups.

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seeing as you have an 06 your OEM final drive is 17/40 so changing to 16/40 or 16/41 are good setups.

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Thanks. I have an 04, but I think it is still stock at 17/40. Is this correct?
 

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The OEM chain on the 04,5 10 is 110 links and it will work fine with your new 16/40 setup but a 112 link chain is what many have converted to when doing this, not necessary mind you but an option.

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I gotcha. I understand now what you were referring to on the chain length.

Thanks.
 

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nope, the 04,5 OEM setup is 17/39 and the 06,7 is 17/40.

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I stand corrected. Thanks for squaring me away. Can you tell me what the front and rear sprocket nut sizes are so I can have the correct sockets on hand?

Thanks again!
 

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Save your money, and stay with steel sprockets.
 

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Save your money, and stay with steel sprockets.
That what i thought cant u get them w/steel. The front is but the rear is aluminum
 

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Surfside I might have to call you soon regarding motor work. I kept a stock gearing when i went with the 520 I have 10k on the sprocket I have still solid and teeth are still good but I could use a replacement soon. It's a reasonable difference just reducing switching with the gearing I bet that is going to make things alot of fun ;)
 

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Surfside I might have to call you soon regarding motor work. I kept a stock gearing when i went with the 520 I have 10k on the sprocket I have still solid and teeth are still good but I could use a replacement soon. It's a reasonable difference just reducing switching with the gearing I bet that is going to make things alot of fun ;)

what brand of chain and sprockets did you use? i would like to do the 520 conversion, but am a little afraid of it breaking.
 

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what brand of chain and sprockets did you use? i would like to do the 520 conversion, but am a little afraid of it breaking.
I wouldn't worry too much about the chain honestly unless you are HARD on chains. I am and should be flamed for this but i "believe" it's a DiD sprocket and the chain was another name brand that is eluding my mind at this point of chemical experimentation and intoxication for the evening. :beer:
 
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