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Old 05-06-2012, 09:32 AM   #6931
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Planning to drop a tooth or 2 on the front sprocket to make it easier for the wifey to ride. Does anyone know how small I can go on the front. Sprocket Specialists says all the way down to a 12? I'm thinking a 13 should be enough.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:32 AM   #6932
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From the one review on their site:
"Honda Foreman 450 es atv

For something so easy to install, These were a bit of a pain. I had some hardware missing too. I also did not like the bushings they used to fit different handle bars. Now installed I find they move a little once in a while, but not too bad. They look cool and were a great price. They keep the cold air and branches from getting to my hands!!!"

Do yours move at all,or are they pretty solid?
You have to shim the bar end piece with something to make them grab. Metal on metal will slip. Here's a different brand with vinyl tubing on the end. I used gorilla tape on the Polisports. They don't move at all.

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Old 05-06-2012, 10:19 AM   #6933
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Planning to drop a tooth or 2 on the front sprocket to make it easier for the wifey to ride. Does anyone know how small I can go on the front. Sprocket Specialists says all the way down to a 12? I'm thinking a 13 should be enough.

dont know. For trail i assume?

for street i found the bike way more civilized going up one tooth. Less unintentional wheelies and longer legs in first and second.
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:15 PM   #6934
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...When I called the Yamaha dealer about it, he said it was common, and recommended I follow the procedure the shop uses. It is to gently tap the outer edge of the oil cover with a chisel in the direction of removal. The metal was soft enough that the chisel bit right in and immediately turned it open.
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After all my struggles with sockets, vise grips, etc., I was amazed how easily the chisel method worked.
Oil cover? Or do you mean the oil drain bolt/plug? Thatís exactly what I was meant here ...
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You might even try to tap it around with a hammer & a punch before trying to loosen it with a wrench, vice grips, or whatever. Those little impacts from the tapping help a lot sometimes.
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:27 PM   #6935
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Planning to drop a tooth or 2 on the front sprocket to make it easier for the wifey to ride.
Man, first gear is already so low. I can hardly feature anybody going smaller than a 14 tooth. You would be pretty wound out at any road speed with a 13. Even with a 14 Iíd guess.
Iím gonna try a 16 one of these days to see how that works out on the road. Canít get much trail riding right around here.
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:02 PM   #6936
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I have the 16t front, probably going back to the 15. The bike seems a little hesitant to take off (need to slip the clutch a lot) when riding with a passenger, and I'm worried about bending a shift fork. The tranny has only popped out of gear once, but enough to scare me. I do a lot of road in the winter, and the 16 is good solo, but I find I'm always hunting between 5th and 6th.
Regardless, yeah, 14 would be awful damn low, but you could probably wheelie into 3rd
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:14 PM   #6937
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I think body weight would have a lot of reasons to drop to a 14. I am 240 and the 15 tooth takes a long time to get up to highway cruisin speed (60+). I have a 14 tooth but have not taken the time to install it. I also have a new rear tire that needs to be spooned on. Maybe tomorrow!!!!!
I also tried a 16 tooth and couldn't use 6th gear at all! The bike did not have enough power to sustain 6th gear with my weight.
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:26 PM   #6938
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From the one review on their site:
"Honda Foreman 450 es atv....
I canít find that review, or any review on these. Where is it?
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...andguards.aspx
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Still, canít beat the price. Ought to work on something around here.
Thanks, 'Canuman'.
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:37 PM   #6939
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I can’t find that review, or any review on these. Where is it?
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...andguards.aspx

Still, can’t beat the price. Ought to work on something around here.
Thanks, 'Canuman'.
They are da Shnizzle. Lil' duct tape, some zip ties, and the world is good. Fer Chrissakes you're from Alaska. You should be able to rebuild a 225 with a pocket knife in the bush while being attacked by bears. You'll make 'em fit.

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Old 05-06-2012, 07:07 PM   #6940
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...Fer Chrissakes you're from Alaska. You should be able to rebuild a 225 with a pocket knife in the bush while being attacked by bears. You'll make em fit.

Yeah, I’ll make ‘em fit. I can do a lot with my pocket knife & 4” Cresent wrench that’s always in my pocket. And a garage full of tools.
But lets leave the damn bears out of it!

Need a place to stay or camp up here? Well....



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Old 05-06-2012, 07:31 PM   #6941
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Yeah, Iíll make Ďem fit. I can do a lot with my pocket knife & 4Ē Cresent wrench thatís always in my pocket. And a garage full of tools.
But lets leave the damn bears out of it!

Need a place to stay or camp up here? Well....


Da Shnizzle, wot? Make it work. Use it up. Wear it out, Do with it or do without.

Best get some spray for them bears. A shotgun is no use.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:42 PM   #6942
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Alaskan Pterodactyl's
and gianormous freakin Bears
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:42 PM   #6943
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Make it work. Use it up. Wear it out, Do with it or do without.
Yup. that's exactly what I do.
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A shotgun is no use.
I beg to differ! Not what I'd want to have do but very effective.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:45 PM   #6944
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Yup. that's exactly what I do.I beg to differ! Not what I'd want to have do but very effective.
Roll on, son. Roll on.
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:51 PM   #6945
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Alaskan Pterodactyl's
Big-ass Ravens. Smart critters. They know when there is a good chance that there is gonna be some scraps left over for a meal.



All the Pterodactyls around here seem to ride BMW GSís






Roll on? I did! Quickly!


Ok, gettiní way too far off XT225 topic here.
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