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Where do i find and after marked final drive, i want to change the final drive so that i can get lower rpm on the highway. is there an easier way to do this and if not, how do i find what final drive to get and where to get it.

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It can't be done without spending more money than buying a different motorcycle. The units only fit one model of motorcycle each. If you are a machinist you might be able to make your own, but it would be far more difficult than buying another. If your bike was chain drive you could simply change the number of teeth on the sprockets, but with a shaft drive you don't have that option.

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