I have used three combo's. Stock (18/43), one smaller upfront (17/43), and the current setup (18/46). Of the combo's the 17/43 was the lowest geared and the current 18/46 splits the difference between that and stock. After doing some research I went with the 18/46 setup because it reduces stress on the output shaft and the gearing seems about right. I also went with a 520 chain and aluminum sprockets which cut a couple of pounds out. You can really feel the reduction in mass, the motor revs freely, smoother, it just feels more 'tuned'. How the chain and sprockets wear remain to be seen.
My bike had 18/42 stock so I put an aluminum 44 on the rear, tried that for a while before going with the 45. I kept the 530 chain and sprockets because of the high troque of the Daytona I thought it would last longer.
My 01 RS came 19/43. Too tall for my tastes. I first dropped to an 18 in the front which changed more to my liking, but not enough. Just this week I finally got my 45 rear sprocket and fitted it, but weather is holding me back from a road test. Curious about switching to the 520 chain. Weight reduction is always cool. Keep us posted on how it wears.
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I was considering a 520 conversion and had a couple of questions I thought I would throw out there.
1) Was there a noticable difference in power, both the delivery and outright grunt(easier wheelies)?
2)What brand sprockets and chain did you purchase. Any feedback and cost.
3)I have a 17t front and a 43t rear and was considering a 44t rear anyone have that combo and some opinions on it? I was a little concerned about loss of top end but managed to get 156 on a GPS and was clocked at the same speed on my buddies radar gun and this was with a pretty nasty crosswind. I think that is plenty fast.
4)I am a little concerned about possible wear and breakage any opinions.
Thanks for the help in advance!
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I purchased a DID chain and Sprocket Specialist sprockets. The top quality DID chain can handle more HP and torque than the Daytona dishes out. I am not real concerned about top end but was more interested in improving out of the corner drive (which it does). As far as easy wheelies, can't give you any feedback. I'm not into that. So far chain and sprocket wear seem fine but we are only into this chain a couple of thousand miles. A 17/44 combo would be fairly low gearing so that would probably make the bike very responsive down low.
Here is a link for some gear/rpm/mph calculations. http://www.t5net.com/common/faq/Sprockets/gearsplitter.html