FREQUENTLY ASKED CHAIN, SPROCKET AND GEARING QUESTIONS
Q: What does -1 in the front and +2 in the rear mean?
A: Faster acceleration off the line, but less top end.
Q: What does -2 in the rear mean?
A: A lower engine RPM at a given speed.
Q: Can I use my new sprockets with my old chain?
A: No, a used chain has stretched and will damage the new sprockets.
Q: Can I use my new chain with my old sprockets?
A: No, it will damage the new chain.
Q: Can I change to a different pitch from stock?
A: Yes, as long as you match all the sprockets and chain.
Q: What is the difference between aluminum and steel sprockets?
A: The main difference is weight, which affects the rotating mass and performance.
Q: Which will last longer, aluminum or steel?
A: Steel will usually last longer and is more durable.
Q: How do I tell if my chain and sprockets should be replaced?
A: Pull the chain away from the rear sprocket at the 3 o’clock position. If you can see light between the
chain and sprocket it should be replaced.
Q: Can I go from my stock OEM 530 chain pitch to a 520 pitch?
A: Yes, as long as you use a higher strength chain.
Q: What is chain pitch?
A: It is the distance between the barrels and the width of the side plates. Chain pitches usually come
in 520, 525 and 530.
Q: Can I use different pitch sprockets or chain for my chain kit?
A: No, both the front and rear sprockets as well as the chain must all be the same chain pitch.
Q: What does -1 tooth on my countershaft sprocket do?
A: Essentially, -1 front is equal to going up 2 3/4 teeth on the rear sprocket. A lower teeth count up
front results in more low end power and less top end.