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Switching from 180/55 to 180/60

I'm currently running a Super Corsa 180/55 and want to try out the 180/60 next time I need a rear.

I'm due for chain & sprockets and I'll be swapping them out before I need a new tire so I want to make sure I'm setup to throw the 60 series on there without having to mess with chain length at the track.

Is it possible to figure out if I need another link before I've got the tire mounted up? My current setup has me near the middle of adjustment (4 big ticks + 1 little tick on the adjuster). Should that leave enough room for the taller tire? Or should I use one more link when I put the new chain on?

I've never done chain/sprockets myself, so maybe it's way less work than I'm thinking to add a link at the track?
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Won't be a difference. Sprocket changes affect that but not tires.

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Won't be a difference. Sprocket changes affect that but not tires.
Runner a taller tire can definitely effect needed chain length. Typically running a GPA 190/60 you need to add a chain link to avoid having the tire rub on the swing arm and still have the appropriate slack.
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Re: Switching from 180/55 to 180/60

I've never bought a chain that didn't need to be cut down. I don't bother counting links. Just get it sitting on the sprockets so it fits right and cut off the excess. Plus if you count wrong and need to add a link you better have an extra master in your toolbox.
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Runner a taller tire can definitely effect needed chain length. Typically running a GPA 190/60 you need to add a chain link to avoid having the tire rub on the swing arm and still have the appropriate slack.
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Re: Switching from 180/55 to 180/60

I just re-read and see your dilemma. If you cut off a link you'll need a new master link, but if you need to add one you'll need 2 new links. So err on the longer side, but remember that the new chain will stretch a little bit at first and you still want to have some room left for adjustment after that.
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I just re-read and see your dilemma. If you cut off a link you'll need a new master link, but if you need to add one you'll need 2 new links. So err on the longer side, but remember that the new chain will stretch a little bit at first and you still want to have some room left for adjustment after that.
Mark, are you running the 60 series? Did you need to mess with the chain at all if so?
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No, I'm on the 55. How much swingarm clearance do you have?
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My buddy is running the 180/60. Let me see how many links he has on there

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Re: Switching from 180/55 to 180/60

This is my 2 cents:

If you want to stick with the OEM range of gearing, get a 15/42 set up. I know, I know - that's the same as stock gearing. Here's why:

The 180/60's fit fine with the OEM gearing. I know this because I've ran it for awhile. HOWEVER, the tire tread-swingarm clearance is extremely close. Enough that my tire warmers rub while putting the tire warmers on. I've tried ChickenHawk Pro-lines, Woodcraft's, and my new Capit tire warmers. All rub.

Obviously, the 15/42 sprockets are smaller than the stock 16/45. Using the same number of chain links, your rear axle will get pushed back.

I HAVE NOT tried my tire warmer yet. I might get a chance to try it out tonight. I'll try to update (With pics) as soon as I can.

Oh...yeah...by the way.

My Sharkskinz doesn't work with the kickstand. So, I said eff it, and just removed the entire bracket/everything. Rear stand only from here on out. If you haven't sent your shit off to get painted yet, I would DEFINITELY trim that corner out so it'll clear. Your painter guy can clean it up so it'll look factory. Unfortunately, I had my shit already painted/drilled. I'm not about to hack into my brand new paint job. Now, a crash or two later in the future, yeah, my give a shits will probably be less. But until then...

EDIT: Oh yeah. You can't just add a link to the chain, since technically you have to add 2 links. And if you want to use 16/45 gearing, you CAN NOT add a link to the chain. The chain will be too long and you'll run out of axle adjustment. Been there, done that - that's why I went 15/42.

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