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Guys. I am getting conflicting reports on what size sprockets are supposed to be on my 91 1100. One dealer told me it was 16/43. Then another online dealer told me 17/48. Then a local shop told me it was 15/43!

I am going to purchase a new Xring chain and aluminum sprockets this week. I would rather run stock gearing as I do a bunch of freeway.

Fastcat, I know you have that service manual... Your manual is for an 89 right?

Whats the skinny?

Thanks!

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My 92 GSX-R1100 stock gearing is 15/48.
According to the dennis kirk catalog sprocket application guide: Stock gearing for 90-92 GSX-R1100 is 15/48.
I'll check my oem service manual tomorrow as well. It lists 89-92 specs.

I think that the only difference between 91 & 92 was paint scheme

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I'll second OilCooler92/Dave. I have a '92 1100. I just did a chain/spocket change. Stock is 15/48 with 532 chain. I had excellent results with the 15/50 (alloy) and 530 chain conversion. Stock chain length is 118 links. The chain length did not change with the increase rear sprocket. Hope that helps.
 

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15/48 532/118 is correct.....do the 530 conversion, though, unless you're REALLY in the mood to spend well over $200 for the oem chain and drop the swingarm to install it.
 

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Correct me if I am wrong but there are 520 options avaialbe, won't last as long but it drops a few ounces(I know, I am insane
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Originally posted by azgsxr11:
hehe...Found out why the chain is clunking at low speeds..
I have a factory 532 chain with 33,800 miles on it with a factory rear sprocket but a 14 tooth aftermarket 530 front sprocket! I wonder if its safe.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">this is highly not advisable....a 532 chain has larger diameter rollers than a 530 (it may also be wider). the chain wouldn't ride correctly on that 530 countershaft sprocket. i'd love to see the wear patterns on that setup....



The 520 conversion is exactly the same cost. But they only warranty the 520 for 4000 miles where the 530 gets a 10,000 mile warranty. I am a big guy and this old 11 is a big bike. I am scared of the 520.. Should I be?
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">it depends......if weight savings is a priority for you (at the expense of longevity), then go with the 520. personally, i'd stick with the 530.
 

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Originally posted by jeff:
</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Originally posted by azgsxr11:
hehe...Found out why the chain is clunking at low speeds..
I have a factory 532 chain with 33,800 miles on it with a factory rear sprocket but a 14 tooth aftermarket 530 front sprocket! I wonder if its safe.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">this is highly not advisable....a 532 chain has larger diameter rollers than a 530 (it may also be wider). the chain wouldn't ride correctly on that 530 countershaft sprocket. i'd love to see the wear patterns on that setup....



The 520 conversion is exactly the same cost. But they only warranty the 520 for 4000 miles where the 530 gets a 10,000 mile warranty. I am a big guy and this old 11 is a big bike. I am scared of the 520.. Should I be?
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">it depends......if weight savings is a priority for you (at the expense of longevity), then go with the 520. personally, i'd stick with the 530.
</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">I will take a pic of the front sprocket when I get it off. Its worn in an odd way. Like I said, I get some clunking at lower rpm in each gear but it smooths out past 3000 rpm. No jumping or anything. I am going to take it slow to the shop tomorrow.

Any preference on chain brand??

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Originally posted by jeff:
15/48 532/118 is correct.....do the 530 conversion, though, unless you're REALLY in the mood to spend well over $200 for the oem chain and drop the swingarm to install it.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Thanks guys! I am going with 15/48 then. I do alot of highway and I would rather have stock gearing.

hehe...Found out why the chain is clunking at low speeds..

I have a factory 532 chain with 33,800 miles on it with a factory rear sprocket but a 14 tooth aftermarket 530 front sprocket! I wonder if its safe. I have put 1000 miles on the bike since I purchased it... I hope it lasts 15 more so I can get to the shop for new parts.

By the way.. I have my choice on chains (same cost). Gold DID, or RK "X" ring chain. What would you choose?

For a 15 tooth Aluminum front and 48 tooth aluminum rear plus the 530 chain is $146 out the door. Its $180 out the door installed... Good deal?

The 520 conversion is exactly the same cost. But they only warranty the 520 for 4000 miles where the 530 gets a 10,000 mile warranty. I am a big guy and this old 11 is a big bike. I am scared of the 520.. Should I be?

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Originally posted by azgsxr11:
Any preference on chain brand??
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">when i used to run 530's years ago on my '86, i had a personal preference for tsubaki sigmas. they're very beefy (pretty much overkill for a 750), but they typically lasted me around 15k miles, sometimes more. even despite them having a clip-type masterlink (rivet links may be available now?), never had any problems.

honestly, there are probably several good 530 chains....although i didn't have a very good experience with an rk 530 gold chain i tried. it simply didn't last as long as the tsubakis.
 

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i wasn't even aware of any commonly available aluminum front sprockets.....all that i've seen were steel. obviously, an aluminum front sprocket would wear ridiculously fast....
 

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I personally wou;dn't *think* of using an aluminum front sprocket... I have steel front and rear on mine.

And if you're feeling thrifty and thinking of going for another 1,000 miles, take a look at this:



That's what was on my 1100 when I bought it... I quickly replaced it with a 530 Tsubaki and new *steel* sprockets front and rear.
 

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Originally posted by jeff:
i wasn't even aware of any commonly available aluminum front sprockets.....all that i've seen were steel. obviously, an aluminum front sprocket would wear ridiculously fast....
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Yes they have Alum fronts. But I did go with a Steel 15 tooth. I am glad I did. They also had one with a rubber cushion... I went with the solid. My rear 48 tooth sprocket is aluminum. I think they are Sprocket specialists brand. I went with an X ring Chain.

So far so good. Now the bike trys to flip over backwards in first. Its still down on power since its a CA bike but I got the Ignition box off of Ebay. Then I need a set of 49 state carbs and I am good to go...

Its a real pleasure having new sprockets and chain. With the old setup I got a nasy vibration at 75mph. Its gone now. Nice and smooth.

FYI.... I had the local Suzuki dealer look up the sprocket sizes for my vin #. They said the bike came with a 15/52 combo in 532. I guess CA bikes got slightly lower gearing as they made less power??? I had a 13 43 combo on there... The front was a VERY worn 530 sprocket and the rear was a 43 532. It appears that this was the factory chain. At least that is what they said at the shop.

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