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I have a 2008 Vegas & a 2011 XR. I quickly noticed there is a difference in gearing. I prefer the taller gearing of my Vegas. Can I put a Vegas pulley on my XR to make them geared the same? By the way I ride solo without my saddlebags full of gear. I know the XR is heavier, but I can choose the right gear for my speed and load. Also, I hope to improve my MPG on the highway. Am I right about changing the rear pulley?
 

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Numerically higher gearing would decrease your mpg and highway speed and numerically lower gear vice-versa.
 

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I feel stupid for not finding out sooner, but my two bikes have different size wheels and tires.:eek: My Vegas has an overall diameter rear tire of 26.25". The XR is 24.39". I found this information on Dunlop's website. I also measured the rear pulley; they are the same. I found a front pulley from Turbotec. It seems to me that it would help me get the results I'm looking for. I hope this helps other members.
 

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I know the XR has a 6 speed. If your 08 Vegas has a 5 speed, the gearing ratios will be different, no matter what drive pulley you put on it.

If you do change your pulley, remember your speedometer and odometer will be further off than they already are.
 

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My Vegas is a six speed like the XR. From what I can tell the pulleys and the transmissions are the same. I do see your point about the speedometer being off. The "overdrive" pulley has 32 teeth compared to the stock 30 teeth pulley. I'm not sure but, I think its 6.25 percent difference. If that is right then at 60 mph my speedometer will read 52.5 mph. I plan to wait until I need to replace the rear tire. Until then I can think of what to do. Thanks for your input.
 
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