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    Chain drive conversion 1998 Softail

    Whilst I have the inner primary of my bike I am thinking seriously about converting to a chain drive.

    However, I am unsure which are the 'optimal' sizes for the front and rear sprocket.

    I'm looking for cruising comfort, rather than rapid acceleration.

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    Re: Chain drive conversion 1998 Softail

    Any answers here, as I am looking to do this conversion on my ‘89 FXST...

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    Re: Chain drive conversion 1998 Softail

    I did the chain drive conversion and I am pleased with it.

    I am running a 27/51 sprocket setup and a 530 chain. With all the bits and postage it cost under £200. The primary gasket set set was another £55 or so.

    I have now covered over 1200 miles and the bike runs like a champ.

    It’s not a hard job, about 6 hours from start to finish (for me) and all the specialist tools can be borrowed from the club tool loan scheme.

    I’d suggest servicing the starter, swapping out the main circuit breaker, maybe fitting a hydraulic primary tensioner and an oil change too.

    The job is much easier with the oil tank removed (on Softails).





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    Re: Chain drive conversion 1998 Softail

    Evening.

    When I changed over from belt I decided to run just under the international ratio. This is on an EG which is used extensively two up. I know its a 24 on the front I'll check whats on the back.

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    Re: Chain drive conversion 1998 Softail

    It's a 49 tooth rear.

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    Re: Chain drive conversion 1998 Softail

    Tha is for the info

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