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Old 01-19-08, 01:13 PM   #1
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I would like to change out the 18 tooth to a 22 tooth sprocket on my 3 speed. There isn't enough room left on the drop outs so the chain will have to be lengthened. Anyone have any idea how many links I would need? Can I add extra links using connector links?
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You should need 1 link SET. The chain wraps around HALF the sprocket, so divide the increase by 2.
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I would like to change out the 18 tooth to a 22 tooth sprocket on my 3 speed. There isn't enough room left on the drop outs so the chain will have to be lengthened. Anyone have any idea how many links I would need? Can I add extra links using connector links?
For each tooth added/subtracted to a sprocket, the axle must move 1/8" (3 mm.)

For each complete link (1 inner + 1 outer) the axle moves 1/2" (13 mm).

However, different makes/models of chain sometimes have different thickness pins. As a result, you may not be able to find a matching link.

Chains are cheap, my advice is to replace the present chain along with the sprocket.

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