Here is the Illusion 27 Tooth Motor Sprocket Kit with new sprocket and custom length primary chain.
Here is the Illusion 27 Tooth Motor Sprocket Kit with new sprocket and custom length
Some of our riding buddies complain that their five-speed transmissions require high-motor rpms to maintain highway speeds more than 65 mph. They also complain that these high rpm's create excessive, uncomfortable vibration and kills their fuel mileage. They want to know how to reduce engine rpm at cruising speed. Since drive ratios govern the relationship between engine speed and bike speed, one popular cure is to add another gear by installing a six-speed transmission. However, that is an expensive and extensive conversion. Another option is to use a larger transmission pulley or a smaller rear wheel pulley. But these require changing the drivebelt, another nasty job.
To provide a less expensive and easier-to-install solution, Illusion Motorsports offers its 27 Tooth Motor Sprocket Kits. Illusion has three kits: for '90-06 Softail and Dyna (except '06 Dyna), for '94-06 FXR and FLT, FLH, and for '93 down using a 26-tooth motor sprocket (it's best to contact Illusion for proper fitment). Each kit contains a 27-tooth (i.e. larger-than-stock 25-tooth) motor/compensating sprocket and a new custom-length primary chain (MSRP $122.09). Changing the compensating sprocket and primary chain only takes a couple hours.
The best insurance against a leaky primary are new gaskets. We picked up a full set: a primary cover gasket, an inspection cover gasket, two inspection cover bolt gaskets, and a clutch cover gasket.
The best insurance against a leaky primary are new gaskets. We picked up a full set:
The compensating sprocket is the front sprocket in the primary drive. Installing this larger compensating sprocket will change the primary and final drive ratios and result in higher speed at a given rpm, or conversely, lowers rpm at a given speed. Illusion claims its kit will increase highway speed by about 8 percent . That amounts to about a 5-mph increase in speed or a drop of about 200 rpm for a given cruising speed. To learn more about primary, secondary, and final drive ratios, check out "Drivetrain Basics" in the tech section of hotbikeweb.com.
Illusion sent us its Softail kit because our friend, Steven, wanted to smooth out the highway cruising on his '05 Softail Heritage Classic. We hustled over to his garage where he did the complete install in less than two hours. Prior to that, Steven made a data run and noted his rpm's at 50, 60, and 70 mph. After the install, he made the same data run.
Here are the results:
This data to confirms Illusion's 8 percent claim.
All drive ratio changes are trade-offs and the downside here is a slight reduction in low-end torque. However, Steven reported no noticeable loss on his testrides.
To begin, Steven put his bike on the lift and disconnected the negative battery cable, then
drained the primary, then removed the primary cover.
To begin, Steven put his bike on the lift and disconnected the negative battery cable
Steve loosened the top center nut from the chain tensioner, then pulled the tensioner shoe outward and slid it to the bottom of the primary case.
Steve loosened the top center nut from the chain tensioner, then pulled the tensioner
He removed the clutch jam nut on the clutch, then removed the retaining ring and release plate.
He removed the clutch jam nut on the clutch, then removed the retaining ring and rele
To keep the clutch hub from rotating, Steven wedged a large screwdriver and shop towel into the upper strand of the primary chain (or visit georges-garage.com for a host of tools). The clutch hub mainshaft nut has left-handed threads, so Steven used a 1 3/16-inch socket and large socket handle to turn the nut clockwise to remove.
To keep the clutch hub from rotating, Steven wedged a large screwdriver and shop towe
Wedging the screwdriver and shop towel into the upper strand of the compensating sprocket, he used a 1 1/2-inch socket to remove the compensating sprocket nut.
Wedging the screwdriver and shop towel into the upper strand of the compensating spro
He then removed the nut, cover, and sliding cam as a single assembly from the drive shaft.
He then removed the nut, cover, and sliding cam as a single assembly from the drive s