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I'm thinking about gearing my bike for slightly better acceleration since i never hit top end speeds anyway. That would be +1 or 2 in the rear or -1 or something in the front? Is it easier to change gearing on the rear or front? Also, is there a difference in doing the two? And at which point would i have the replace the chain? I do mainly commuting, so ridability afterwards is important, might it be a neighborhood or the freeways. Any input is appreciated. Also, i'm riding an k2 if that information is needed.
 

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Talk to Corey at Motomummy. He has all the specification and will help you out. He is on here, you can send a PM to the username "Motomummy"
 

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The odd thing about it is that Suzuki never changed the sizes of the front and rear sprockets from the K1 through to the K6. 17 in front and 42 in the rear.
 

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I went one down in the front on my '04 gixxer 1000 and ended up not liking it. The front wheel came up way to easily in the first 2 gears with throttle only. It actually slowed me down a bit. It also threw off my speedometer (made it read higher) thus causing extra miles that I didn't travel.
I didn't change around the chain on mine, but you should be fine if you do one or the other. I did notice that I had to lube the chain much more often.
 

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I went -1 in the front...+2 in the back with a 525 chain..and like smokey74 the 530 is stronger but I haven't had any issues with the 525 but I didn't go cheap I bought the best chain and sprocket..as for the 520 I stretch the chain to easy.

But then again i'm a BIG wheelie fan so i'm kinda hard on my chain and sprockets
 

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Smokey74 said:
Aren't the gear ratios different in the transmission from the K1 to the K6?
Yes, internally. On the K5/K6, the transmission gears were changed, that altered the individual ratios (closer). I've seen a post here on the 1000 forum that listed the stock 1st to 5th internal gear ratios and final reduction ratio for the K1, K3 and K5 series. Do a search and it'll pop up.:)
 

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68Cuda said:
I went one down in the front on my '04 gixxer 1000 and ended up not liking it. The front wheel came up way to easily in the first 2 gears with throttle only. It actually slowed me down a bit. It also threw off my speedometer (made it read higher) thus causing extra miles that I didn't travel.
Does anyone know if this sort of speedometer error is correctable with a PCIII or other tuner?
 

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Does anyone know if this sort of speedometer error is correctable with a PCIII or other tuner?

You would need to get a speedohealer to fix it. I'm not sure if it corrects the mileage issue tho. I would assume yes since it's fixing the mph. They run about $100. You can check it out on motomummy's site. I just put one on my bike because I'm going -1 on the front and +1 in back. Haven't tested it yet.

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I did the 16-44, -1+2 because i dont ride on the streets anymore, I wouldent change the gearing unless you are track daying or racing.. for the street stock gearing is the best.
 
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