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Old 05-12-2013, 05:15 PM   #5911
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I would say so. I thought it was free and clear when I put it together but at some point while riding it rubs. I learned the hard way, had to replace my first chain after a few hundred mikes with the 16T and case guard.

I ran 14/40 and 15/40 and managed to keep my aftermarket case saver in place without rubbing. Gear ratio is almost the same as 15/45 and 16/45.
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:21 PM   #5912
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I ran 14/40 and 15/40 and managed to keep my aftermarket case saver in place without rubbing. Gear ratio is almost the same as 15/45 and 16/45.

I'm rocking 16/38 on my street set up, and 14 /42 on my dirt wheels and tires. The 14/42 puts me back to the stock gear ratio and the 16/38 gets me 53 mpg on the freeway. Just takes about ten min to change wheels out and countershaft sprocket, but the chain fits both.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:50 AM   #5913
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:31 AM   #5914
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Looks like you guys had fun. I love Idaho
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:03 AM   #5915
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Looking for wisdom from the members here. I have ordered a Acerbis 5.8 gallon tank and a Moose Racing back rack for the bike (2004 XR400). I plan to do a 1000 mile road/off road trip on the bike. Newfoundland's T'rail that is the old railroad bed. I want to be able to camp and carry the necessary gear on the bike.

I'm thinking I maybe better off with a more highway friendly rear sprocket. I won't be going freeway speeds but there will be hours of pavement involved on the trip. I also want advice on a set of soft panners for the bike. I have a street legal tail light and signals on the bike and the back rack is higher than normal to clear this.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:00 AM   #5916
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As far as the gearing goes, personally, I would find a comfortable rear sprocket for pavement riding (like a 43 rear) that keeps the stock 15t front sprocket, and carry a 13t to swap out if you find yourself in areas where that setup is just too high. They are cheap, it takes only a minute or two to swap out, and in my experience, a middle-ground compromise in gearing is always a disappointment in all terrain. One thing that plagues these bikes is a narrow gearbox; you can either have all low gears or all high gears. If Honda would have put a really tall "highway" 6th gear in the box, OMG would these be awesome bikes.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:24 AM   #5917
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What I've found to be a sweet spot on mine is a 40 rear with a 16 front for street, cruises very nice at 60mph and still has the ability for trail.

But, carry a 13 front and it will put you at a stock ratio for really playing off road.

Downside is you may have to remove a link from stock length chain.
Otherwise, its a fantastic setup IMHO.

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Old 05-15-2013, 02:07 PM   #5918
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It just depends on how fast you want to comfortably cruise at. Here are links to a couple websites I used to figure out what sprockets I went with:

http://www.gearingcommander.com/

http://srs6.com/gearratiochart.html

The second one is just a simple chart that I actually printed and stuck on my wall in the garage.

This can be as complicated as you want it to be, but based on what you want to do, I would just buy a 16T and stick it in your tool kit if you want a few less RPM's on the roads. Ive found the stock gearing to be pretty good all around set up, you can easily cruise at 50MPH without being too wound up.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:10 PM   #5919
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Anyone have any feedback on conn rods for the XR4?

Yep, it's that time. I'm leaning to just going Wiseco, but if there's something better at a decent price.....
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:50 PM   #5920
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I run 16x39 and carry a 13 for when I want it, the chain works fine without needing to add or remove links. It puts at 55 to 60 and 70 doesn't seem unreasonable. I run the mt43 on the back and the large diameter also helps a bit.

Ran this combo thru ten states last fall without any issues.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:54 PM   #5921
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Ya, I've run a few years now on 16/40.
With a light Dremmel to the case and a bit of feathering on steeper trails it actually seems to work ok. I'm mostly forestry trails though. -As everyone's stating, replacing to a 13 for full-on days is easy.
My only complaint is a peculiar speed wobble that occurs around 65mph, even with a fork brace & balanced tire. It almost seems more RPM based because it doesn't happen on higher revs at 70mph.
Then again, I really think Uncle Honda frowns that this bike's modded to 70mph but it sure is nice getting to the trails faster.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:59 PM   #5922
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I was actually impressed by how this bike handled on the freeway. Its just as stable as my DR650 was at high speeds. Maybe a little more vibratiin , but nothing I can't handle.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:42 PM   #5923
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I don't get speed wabbles until I hit triple digits.... I was running 16\40 and topped out at 97ish with zero wobble. Now 16\38 I get speed wobble at top speed which I haven't rechecked since changing sprockets (no speedometer... Use phone GPS to see top speed) supermoto 17" wheels but 50/50 tires if it matters.
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:21 PM   #5924
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I have mine geared for the trail..55 is tops for me!
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:32 PM   #5925
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Now i ll have to try and get the bolt out without damaging the rest of the swingarm because while trying to cut the endcups i did this

Before you cut ... try Kroil http://www.kanolabs.com/ it is amazing stuff for 'rusty parts' and it worked for me

Also this tread may be helpful on dealing swingarm bolt issues

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=532835

Good luck!
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