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Vulcan 650 Z front sprocket change

I am wanting to reduce the rpm at the 70 to 75 mph range. What sprocket should I get and are they simple to change?
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I went with a 43 Tooth rear. I REALLY like the difference. I ended up taking out 4 links. I went with a steel Supersprox . Love the black vs the stock shiney

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For ideal wear both sprockets must be odd in contrast to the even number of links on the chain (don't use half-links!). Bike Bandit carries 13-16 tooth fronts and 39-46 tooth rears. Here is a partial list of combinations near the 15/44 ratio that don't result in poor wear. Ideal wear numbers match sprocket teeth, above half is good, below is poor.

~ Front/Rear-Chain ~ Ratio ~ Length Difference ~ Wear #s ~ Comments
~ 15/46-114 ~ 3.06 ~ .000 ~ 5/23 ~ Stock, ratio little a high, poor front wear
~ 16/46-114 ~ 2.88 ~ -.150 ~ 8/23 ~ 15/43-112 is better
~ 15/45-112 ~ 3.00 ~ -.460 ~ 15/45 ~ May not fit, ratio one step down from stock
~ 15/45-114 ~ 3.00 ~ +.170 ~ 5/15 ~ Poor wear
~ 15/44-112 ~ 2.93 ~ -.290 ~ 15/11 ~ Poor rear wear
~ 15/44-114 ~ 2.93 ~ +.340 ~ 5/22 ~ Good choice, stock wear
~ 15/43-112 ~ 2.86 ~ -.120 ~ 15/43 ~ Excellent choice
~ 15/41-112 ~ 2.73 ~ +.210 ~ 15/41 ~ Ratio a little low
~ 14/41-110 ~ 2.93 ~ -.270 ~ 7/41 ~ Good choice, Better wear than 15/44-114
~ 13/39-110 ~ 3.00 ~ +.210 ~ 13/39 ~ Front sprocket small, one step down from stock

For a 2.93 (15/44) ratio I'd use 14/114-110 instead just move the chain up one link on the front when you clean it. For a 2.86 ratio 15/43-112 is the way to go for highway riding. Other ratios are possible but this seems to be what most people find to be the right ratio for this bike.

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