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February 1, 2005, 10:59 PM

Going to do a 520 conversion on my 03 R6. Can anyone with experience recommend what brand sprockets and chain?

I've been looking at vortex sprockets as they look priced right. Looking 15/50. I was also looking at the RK XSO 520 chain. I've found a kit for both sprockets and the chain for 150$ to my door which seems reasonable.

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thats what i got on my r6, and i love it. i got mine for 130shipped.

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that is the exact set up I have on my 600cc racebike
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Make sure you get a rear sprocket with hard anodized teeth. Don't know if Vortex make any like that. I've used Vortex in the past because they pay contingency, but they are soft and wear out quickly. You don't want soft.

Renthal and AFAM are 2 brands I know of that make the good stuff. They may be back order items so plan ahead if you have a track day coming up.

Front sprockets will be steel. Not an issue.

DID chains are great.


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What Steve said that Jim said.


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Vortex sprockets tended to be kinda soft for my taste. The hard anodized last much longer, and since it won't be a racebike, you don't need different sprockets for different tracks. DID chains aren't cheap, but offer less friction and longer wear...in other words


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Vortex sprockets tended to be kinda soft for my taste...
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Spacely makes the best sprockets. Does anyone know if you can use a Spacely front with a Cogswell Cogs rear?


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February 28, 2005, 09:03 PM

What JPV said

So: Vortex pay contingency; Renthal and Afam make good sprockets; Renthal are British, Afam are French; so Renthal it is then.

As for chain - stretch the extra few $$ for the RK GXW chain - it really is 'les testicals du chien'; much cheaper than the DID race stuff AND lasts much better. BTW - if you don't need the bling, you can save a bit by ordering the regular 520GXW, not the gold coloured GB520GXW that everyone pushes.


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dont they have steel back sprockets? I was never a fan of aluminum spockets.


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March 2, 2005, 12:37 PM

pretty good thread.

I started looking into a 520 conversion as well and I checked the Renthal stuff. Im still learning how to wrench on bikes and I understand the purpose for a 520 conversion, but Rob mentioned a 15/50 and I wasn't sure what that meant.

the renthal stuff goes 14-16/39-47, so what would be a good combination?

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