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'88 savage reving its little bits off

Does anyone know of any conversions available that can raise the final drive ratio on a 4 speed savage? or am i gonna have to invent one?

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  • psmcgladdery Jul 12, 2010

    Hi, I was thinking that but unfortunately its currently belt driven and I was trying to avoid converting it to chain drive. If theres no joy finding what I'm looking for then the chains is the only answer.

    thanks for the reply



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To increase the top end speed, just put on a smaller rear sprocket. Alternate to that, is to mount a larger front sprocket. You can do either or both depending on how much top end speed is wanted and how strong the engine is to carry the load. The length of the chain will need to be changed.

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