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520 chain conversion

Im thinkin bout gettin a 520 chain conversion for my 08 r1. but what is so special about the 520? is it stonger, lighter bigger? i dont know, I just hear everybody sayin they got a 520 chain on their bike.
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new chain kit

what should i change my sprockets to so I can keep a decent top speed with and get torque help get up on one in higher gears
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Im thinkin bout gettin a 520 chain conversion for my 08 r1. but what is so special about the 520? is it stonger, lighter bigger? i dont know, I just hear everybody sayin they got a 520 chain on their bike.
There is no special magic about the 520. The 520 is smaller than the 530 and is lighter.
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There is as many threads on this subject as "what kind of oil should I use". Do a search and you'll have plenty of reading material to help with your decision.

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a good quality 520 conversion needs to be as close to the stock strength as possible so make sure what you re buying is what you need. we have a few different options when it comes to a good 520 conversion.

if you want, give us a call and we can go over some of the options that you have.
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It's a bit thinner basically. They use to be available in multiple tooth counts only in alum, but lately more are coming out with a steel 520 option and with that nearly everyone is going to a 520 chain kit now. Those looking for max performance and lightweight go with the alum chain kits and those who want longevity and strength go with the steel 520 chain kits like the stealth chain kit or the drive systems superlight chain kit. These 2 are about 1lb heavier then an alum chain kit. If you put the right chain on it like the ek zzz, ek mvxz, or the rk gxw it can be nearly the same strength as stock or even stronger and much lighter at the same time.

Those for max performance go with the alum chain kits though and still get 10k+ miles out of them easily if they take care of them.

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Im thinkin bout gettin a 520 chain conversion for my 08 r1. but what is so special about the 520? is it stonger, lighter bigger? i dont know, I just hear everybody sayin they got a 520 chain on their bike.
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I have put a 520 set on most of my bikes for a few reasons. When I needed a new chain the 520 was far cheaper then the stock 530 (or I think 535? chain my gixxer came with) On my 929 the conversion weighed something like 3 pounds lighter. I use a steel front sprocket and aluminum rear with a quality chain. On the Gixxer I had some issues with it throwing the chain but honestly I think it was a wheel alighnment issue and not the fault of the chain. The aluminum sprockets don't last as long true but they last (if you take care of them) plenty long and can be found cheap enough that the price to replace them is well worth the gains, I think I paid $150 for chain and both sprckets for the 929. You may or may not feel any effect from the conversion it's self but if you are going to replace the chain or sprockets anyway due to wear it is a good chance to change your gearing and go 520. The gearing change will make a HUGE diff in your bike. My 929 was -1 front and +2 rear. The top end was lowered but the accelleration to top speed was insane. It depends on what you want really. I put a lot more weight on being able to get to 130/140 then I do being able to run around at speeds over that. My 929 would hang toe to toe with a 06 ZX10 and 07 CBR1000RR till about 130. That is amazing for a 2000 929. Now I have an 05 R1 and although it really needs no help I went one down on the primary gear just for a little kick and the effect is noticable. It does not make the RPM too high while cruising while still giving the bike a little more nut at normal speeds. Considering the price and work involved gear change is easily the cheapest and easiest thing you can do to get more out of your bike. Lets say you have a stock 08R1. For less then $200 you can make your bike smoke (yeah yeah depending on rider, but all things being equal) any other stock bike of the same year. For the money it can't be beat.
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