Step 18: Tag Metals Front & Rear Sprockets

If you remember earlier this month I had went through the “chain” aspect of the drive system found on dirt bikes and how important the chain is to the drive system. Well what about the sprockets? The sprockets are exposed to all the same elements that the chain is such as heat, water, mud, and grit. Because of this is why I turned to Tag Metals for front and rear sprockets. Each rear sprocket is hard anodized heat treated 7075-T6 aluminum so it can resist wear from abrasion and corrosion. Tag Metals also incorporated self cleaning mud grooves into the front and rear sprockets. These mud grooves will help channel out any mud from between the sprocket and chain, end result is extended chain life and performance. Both front and rear sprockets have been computer aided in design to enhance performance and precision tolerances for great service life and perfect fit. Tags front sprockets are case hardened steel for longevity and features machined holes to reduce overall rotating weight of the sprocket.

Let’s switch gears a little and mention some other things that you might need to know about servicing sprockets. First would be the rear sprocket bolts. Things get pretty messy if the rear sprockets bolts become lose or break from fatigue. I assure you the rear hub and wheel will be damaged or worst could be personal injury as you can’t predict the outcome of what will happen once the sprocket is torn free from the hub. My sprocket bolts and nuts where way pass replacement two rear sprockets ago, so I ordered a fresh new set of O.E.M hardware to attach my rear Tag Metals sprocket. I prefer to use a small amount of loctite on the bolts and gently tighten them down. Next I like to put the final torque on the sprockets bolts in an x-cross pattern. This is a good time to wear protective gloves on your hands as it doesn’t take but a split second and you have removed the top layer of skin from you knuckles on the sprocket teeth.

Moving up front to install the Tag Metals counter shaft sprocket is pretty straight forward for most people. Depending on bike model and make there can be a few differences on how the front sprocket is secured to the counter shaft. My YZ250 is pretty simple in design with a distance collar behind the sprocket, then the sprocket, next is the retaining washer. This retaining washer has two tabs that will need to be bent up against the sprocket nut once torque. In most cases you will only need to use one tab as they tend to fatigue and break off after a few sprocket changes. The retaining washer will prevent the sprocket nut from backing off. Once again I have completed another task on my project bike and I’m getting closer to being finished and can’t wait to ride it. If you’re looking to replace you worn out sprockets then check out Tag Metals online today. Tag Metals sprockets has been developed especially for and tested by Factory Team Suzuki and many others. Together they combined there tremendous knowledge and experiences into developing a complete range of high performance sprockets.