Change from 44 to 38 tooth sprocket

Discussion in 'Frame Mounted Engines' started by awc360, May 10, 2010.

  1. awc360

    awc360 New Member

    If I'm changing from a 44 to a 38 tooth, will I have to take links out of the chain?

  2. Lazieboy

    Lazieboy Member

    Depends on how much room your tensioner has to move.
  3. motorpsycho

    motorpsycho Active Member

    more than likely you will have to take some links out.
    I went from a 44 tooth to a 41 tooth and i had to remove links (i was not running a tensioner at all at this time).
    just 3 teeth smaller on the rear sprocket and i had to remove 2 links. i have since made and installed a tensioner with a spring for up & down movement, and my chain is now perfect.
    you're going from a 44 to a 38, which is a whole heck of a lot smaller sprocket.
    Unless your tensioner has a whole bunch of adjustment left, you will more than likely have to remove links from the chain.
    Last edited: May 26, 2010