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April 1st, 2016, 05:26 PM   #1
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Mechanic says 16T will have clearance issues on 08 FE450?

I was thinking of going 16-48 for a long dual sport ride this summer (some highway, a lot of gravel roads, very little of any harder stuff). my local Mechanic is saying 16 will have clearance issues and even 15 might be too big.

can anyone give some feedback? I see the parts manual listing the 15T and 16T, just want to make sure they are safe to run without any modifications. I've also seen some FS guys on here run 16T but wasn't sure if there's any difference between the FS and FE when it comes to front sprockets.

If a clearance issue does exist, what rear sprocket will you recommend? is 40 or 45 too much?

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April 1st, 2016, 07:39 PM   #2
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17 fits it's just hard to get on

Once on there is no issue

16 and 15 are standard oem parts. The chain guard on the swing arm gets in the way of installing the 16 but if he can't do it he's no mechanic
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April 2nd, 2016, 03:10 AM   #3
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First get a new mechanic...
Ive been running 16's on my BerGs, and they definitely fit with no clearance issues.
Just takes a bit of work to get it on, like Bushmechanic said.
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April 2nd, 2016, 08:25 AM   #4
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Mine actually came stock with 16-38, it now has 14-40.
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April 2nd, 2016, 09:31 AM   #5
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Old man, he's on an FE450 I think.



This is what I did to be able to swap sprockets without pulling the slider off.

I cut the slider, then glued the two pieces of it to to the swingarm with black rtv.
If you do this, make sure it's properly aligned and use tape to hold it fast until it dries.
Added benefit is that it stops the slider from slapping around.

I ran 17/47 on my 650 supermoto, had to file two teeth down a little bit to fit it.
I reckon 16/48 would be ok for dual sport use, but 15/48 would suit a FE450 better for all around riding.
Should be able to run 48 and a 14/15/16 with the same chain.

If you go too tall the gap between the gears especially 5th and 6th becomes annoying.
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April 2nd, 2016, 09:41 AM   #6
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I'm running 16/40.

Just a little tight getting around the slider.
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April 2nd, 2016, 01:16 PM   #7
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Old man, he's on an FE450 I think.
Yeah, I noticed that. I thought those kind of things were exactly the same between FS and FE... Maybe they have different margins to play with?
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A supermoto needs a 1 tooth bigger counter shaft sprocket to account for the smaller diameter...uh, circumference actually of the rear tire.
Thats with a 120/90-18 vs 160/60-17.
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April 3rd, 2016, 09:25 AM   #9
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Any input on why I should go with 16-48 vs say 14-40? I understand the difference in speed/Torque, but are there any benefits going one way or the other?
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It won't stress the engine as much with 14/40, when you are on the highways.
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