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i saw a combination one once, and have been trying to find it for a while...

it had an aluminum center and then steel teeth attached to it. it was pretty legit.
 

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again this goes with what type of riding you do. If this is general street/sport riding there is no need to go with aluminum. However if you do a decent amount of trackdays or race then I'd go with aluminum but even then many stay with steel. If you do go the alum. route make to get a hard-anodized alum. rear. Otherwise you will go through at least two a year. From what it sounds like I'd stick with steel.
 

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If you are looking for weight savings go with Aluminum, if you are looking for longevity then go with steel. There is a combo sprocket. The stealth sprocket.

https://www.motomummy.com/store/product.php?productid=16293&cat=271&page=1


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:werd That's kinda spendy!

I have a steel sprocket right now. (47tooth JT sprocket) but just noticed this weekend it's a little warped. I've been running it for about 15k miles so I guess it did its job. Lol...

I wanted to go with steel again (Driven) But on motomummy they don't offer a 47tooth. But they do offer a 47 tooth in aluminum. I just don't know if I want to go aluminum because they don't last as long.



Anyone know (roughly) how long an aluminum sprocket will last?
 

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significantly less than steel. depending on how much you ride i'd say 7500 miles ish. Look at superbikesupply.com too.
 

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:werd That's kinda spendy!

I have a steel sprocket right now. (47tooth JT sprocket) but just noticed this weekend it's a little warped. I've been running it for about 15k miles so I guess it did its job. Lol...

I wanted to go with steel again (Driven) But on motomummy they don't offer a 47tooth. But they do offer a 47 tooth in aluminum. I just don't know if I want to go aluminum because they don't last as long.



Anyone know (roughly) how long an aluminum sprocket will last?
I think the general rule is a 1/3 of the life of steel.
 

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I'm rockin' steel sprockets.
 

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i don't really see the point in getting an aluminum sprocket..the weight savings are not enough to justify the shitty longevity they offer compared to steel sprockets

significantly less than steel. depending on how much you ride i'd say 7500 miles ish. Look at superbikesupply.com too.
:fact got a smokin deal on a chain/sprocket kit from them last week.
 

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Get aluminum because by the time the alum rear wears out, you likely need a chain replacement anyways:fact
 

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aluminum - just take care of it and you'll be fine. i'm on a crappy vortex f5 and have had it for 7500 miles and 13 track days. it's still nearly PERFECT. i'll prolly change it out next summer or so... depending on how often i get back to the track next season.
 

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Get the best of both worlds:

I gots me a super light steel sprocket made by sprocket specialists

Ive had it on there for 10k miles so far...still looks new...Annnnnnnnd, the RK GXW chain on there (installed at the same time) and havent needed to adjust it yet:fact

I also dont wheelie and Im very kind to it...I clean it/lube it once a week...
 

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My chain is still cherry. I just replaced it a few months ago so I don't need a sprocket/chain set.
 

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ill stay with steel im still a squid wouldn't notice the difference but id :jacked the aluminum sprocket for sure and too broke to be buying them through out the year lol plus my CZ wheels and galfer wave rotors more than make up for the weight :flex::lmao
 
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