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I bought a used bike, and it needs a new chain (I hadda take a link out of it to be able to adjust it). The sprockets look good though, no bent teeth, no "sharpened" teeth... thing is, the original size chain for the bike is a 532... and I have no idea (or way of knowing) whether the chain on there is 532 or 530. First question is, is there an easy way to tell a 532 chain from a 530 and the more important question is: do the same sprockets work for 530 and 532 chain. I don't want to have to replace the sprockets, but I *really* don't want to guess the wrong size on the chain and then have to buy ANOTHER chain along with sprockets from ruining the works with mismatched stuff. The bike had 30,000 miles on it when I got it, so I *know* that it's not the original sprockets and chain on there, but the guy I bought it from isn't the one who replaced the stuff, so there's no way of finding out what size chain was used. Help? Please?

 

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I just went through the same dilemna with my friends 86 GSXR1100. The factory sprockets are 532. I got him a rear sprocket on eBay that is a 532 but I think someone converted to 530 before him because he had a brand new 530 chain on there and it fit. I put the new and old sprocket side by side to see the difference in a 530 and 532 and couldnt see any. Both sprockets fit the 530 chain.
I just ordered him new 530 sprockets to be sure everything was cool and you should always change your sprockets with your chain. They get approx the same mileage.
A new kit is like $150 for sprockets and a good chain.

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I agree..the common wisdom is to always replace the sprockets when you replace the chain and vice versa. The two parts wear-fit to each other, so if you just change one (even if it's the right size), then you'll cause more wear, and have to replace the OTHER part sooner anyway.

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OK, consider me adequately chided... I knew better, but I sometimes need some help overcoming my inherent cheapskateness when it comes to spending on non "gee-whiz" stuff... I had to order the rear sprocket, and as soon as it gets here, it will go along with the brand-new 530 chain and countersprocket. Thanks ya'all.

 

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i got a question.. how do you know what chain and sprocket to buy if you dont know whats on your bike now?-newbie question sorry but i new to this and i need to get a new chain and sprockets. I want to stick with whatever size the bike currently has and its a used bike so i dont konw if its stock stuff or not.

 

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Visit http://www.sprocketspecialists.com There's listings there for nearly all bikes showing stock gearing, as well as options for changing your final ratio.

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