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I am a newbie rider and thanks to all the experienced folks here, I have learned a tremendous amount of useful information. After reading the posts about changing the sprockets, I have decided to go with the 17/38 ratio. I have a 2000 vn800a classic - anyone know where I can get a steel 38 tooth rear sprocket? Also, is all I have to do is buy the chain and sprockets and bring them to the shop for them to install - no other parts? The reason I ask is because the shop found a kit and was going to charge $265 (for kit only) - but I am finding the parts for much cheaper - am I missing something?

Thanks all for the replies - I can't wait to make this modification - now I know I will not regret it.
 

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You can do it yourself in about an hour. I switched the sprockets on my '01 800B last summer. I went with the 17/38 ratio. It's by far the best thing I ever did. Much more relaxed on the highway and I did not notice any change in low end torque. I think I got my sprockets from JP Cycles. But do a search on this forum and you should find the info. It was harder to find the rear sprocket than the front if I remember correctly.
 

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I've been looking to change the sprockets on my 02 800B, but I keep getting all kinds of negative feedback from the mechanics at the dealer. I'd like to keep the low end torque, but would sacrifice some of that to get lower revs at speed. What size chain do you use with the 17 and 38 sprocket setup? Thanks.
 

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The stock size is 530, but the length is what you have to worry about. I was told that the new sprockets would not make that big a difference in chain length. I took my stock chain and measured it. I knew it was stretched, so I cut the new one link shorter. I know this sounds kind of dumb and not very precise, but it has worked fine, with no problems at all. The sprocket change is well worth the time, effort, and money. Have not regretted it for one second. My dealer told me that a lot of 800 Classic owners do it, and he has never seen any problems resulting from it. It even improved my gas mileage.
 

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Thanks for the advice. Sounds like a good mod to do sometime in the next 3 months while it rains and rains up here in NW California.
 

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I've been looking to change the sprockets on my 02 800B, but I keep getting all kinds of negative feedback from the mechanics at the dealer. I'd like to keep the low end torque, but would sacrifice some of that to get lower revs at speed. What size chain do you use with the 17 and 38 sprocket setup? Thanks.
Have you cosidered the 17/39 set up? I just did this and I dropped top speed rpm as well as keeping all the low end torque.... Its a good midle road - BUT if you do a loty of highway riding you should definitely go 17/38. Dont listen to the neg feeedback from mechanics / dealers that is BS. Its the most common mod to the 800 besies intake and ehaust.
Parts should cost no more than abouytr $100 or so, but you will need to do a bit of inet searching, and make sure the sprockets are 100% steel!!
 

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I am a newbie rider and thanks to all the experienced folks here, I have learned a tremendous amount of useful information. After reading the posts about changing the sprockets, I have decided to go with the 17/38 ratio. I have a 2000 vn800a classic - anyone know where I can get a steel 38 tooth rear sprocket? Also, is all I have to do is buy the chain and sprockets and bring them to the shop for them to install - no other parts? The reason I ask is because the shop found a kit and was going to charge $265 (for kit only) - but I am finding the parts for much cheaper - am I missing something?
Hello Friend..

Sprocket Specialties offers a 39T rear.. not sure about the 38T.. on page 12 of thier Downloadable PDF Catalog.. will be the VN800 list.. I have attached the link to assist U.. BUT.. If I remember correctly.. I had read somewhere that the 38T is on Back Order.. SPROCKET SPECIALISTS-Sprockets for all makes of bikes.

YES.. the chain and sprocket set is all that U would need.. one should always replace the chain and sprockets as a set.. one without the other will cause pre-mature wear.. but replacing all is NOT a must do.. if U're present chain and sprockets are fairly low milage then replacing just the rear sprocket shouldn't be a problem.. Just my opinion thow.. LOL

Drop by sometime to our club web site.. We'd like for U to join along side us.. by becoming a "800 Club" member.. I have attached the proper links to assist U..

Just for U're future reference.. the VN800B model is the "Classic".. the VN800A model has the 21 inch narrow front wheel.. BUT.. the drive line components are inter-changable with all the VN800 models.. including the VN800E "Drifter"..

U're fellow VN'er

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Hello Friend..

Drop by sometime to our club web site.. We'd like for U to join along side us.. by becoming a "800 Club" member.. I have attached the proper links to assist U..

Just for U're future reference.. the VN800B model is the "Classic".. the VN800A model has the 21 inch narrow front wheel.. BUT.. the drive line components are inter-changable with all the VN800 models.. including the VN800E "Drifter"..
Thanks for the nice welcome and invite! I will join soon...and thanks for the correction regarding A/B. I will search the link for the sprocket - much appreciated!
 

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I've planned on changing the ration on my classic as well. I was planning on going with the 18/40 and figured I needed a 112 link 530 chain. I would look at Sprocket specialist.com for the sprockets. Their chains don't seem to be as inexpensive as some other places. My question to the more knowledgable is what 'type' of chain do I need?, ie. o-ring, x-ring, etc. Some chains are like 30 bucks, while others are like 150.
 

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I've planned on changing the ration on my classic as well. I was planning on going with the 18/40 and figured I needed a 112 link 530 chain. I would look at Sprocket specialist.com for the sprockets. Their chains don't seem to be as inexpensive as some other places. My question to the more knowledgable is what 'type' of chain do I need?, ie. o-ring, x-ring, etc. Some chains are like 30 bucks, while others are like 150.
My Opinion Only..

O-Ring or X-Ring would be the better.. I prefer the "O".. what the rubber rings do is.. help reduce ware and heat build up.. these two factors make the chain stretch.. causing the sprockets to ware more rapidly.. what happens is: when the chain stretch's.. the chain and sprockets begin to miss-match.. the chain starts wearing the tips of the teeth on the sprocket..the result is a sharping effect of the teeth.. eventually wearing the sprocket's out..

A chain with-out the rubber rings.. what U have then is the steal link running against the roller and the pins resulting in chain break down more rapidly.. the NO O-Ring chain reqires a lot more frequent lubrication to help reduce the metal against metal condition..

To put all my mumbo jumbo into prespective:
Usually an O-Ring chain will out-last a Non O-ring chain 3 to 1.. so if U purchase a $30.00 non O-ring chain.. U'd be replacing it 3 times to 1 O-Ring chain.. and both sprockets at least one time with the all metal chain..

I personally will use nothing else but the Regina Gold Link chain.. I have used the Gold Link chain since it's conception and have been very pleased thru the years.. I have ran 4 hour off-road (dirt bike) Enduro's for many years thru all that mudd and what have U.. and Not one chain failure.. SO.. they are plenty good enuff for my street cruiser..

Non O-ring chain > 3 X $30.00 = $90.00 > plus both sprocket costs..
O-Ring Chain = $100.00 to $150.00

I hope I haven't confused.. and I hope this will help U with U're Quest..
 
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