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No, I do have a 32. They are made special by a guy in California. I bought it from him on ebay. Little over $100 in cost. Does not require a new belt. I am concerned about the torque necessary to pull the taller gear but everyone who has tried it and left results have loved it. I need a drastic change because the gearing on my 2005XL is very drastically too LOW!!!! I bought a 30 for a backup too in case I don't like the 32 but with a 500 rpm drop at 70mph with engine oil temperatures down and gas mileage up I think I will love it.Ridiculous to have 5 speeds and be in fifth gear by 30 mph. I want to use my lower gears not just rush and most of the time just skip through them and not even use 3rd gear. Have all flat roads in Florida so should be fine here. Always can drop to 4th gear if I need torque for passing someone or climbing a steep hill when I travel to Tennessee. No problem and hope to have a 30 for sale soon. Will have the 32 on next week sometime.
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are you talking about this one?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Buell...item35b5dffaec

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yes, that is the one
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did you see his explination and gearing... the 32T basicly puts you @ 1200 gearing... with an 883 motor... and you WILL NEED to get a ICM to recal the speedo... it will be way off!
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yes, that is where I want to be in gearing, same as 1200, and yes I did see that the speedometer will need recalibration to keep it accurate. With the gear he ships a complete chart that shows the new rpm at each mph compared to stock 883 gearing. He says at 35 mph on the speedo with the 32 sprocket you will really be doing 40 mph. I checked a dyno reading of the torque curve of a 883 and the torque curve is very flat so losing a few hundred rpm at any speed should be no problem as it won't take you out of the torque you would be at with stock gearing anyway. Just have a taller gear to pull so acceleration will be slower in same gear but dropping down to 4th or 3rd or whatever is necessary will correct for that. And once you get to the speed you want to cruise at you will be at 500rpm less on the motor all day on an all day bike trip. That means a lot to me. I will probably just let the speedo go and remember to allow for difference. If it becomes a hassle he gives a couple ideas of things to buy to correct it.
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Grinding parts seems a tad drastic to me. But from looking at the pics, there seems to be plenty of material to allow for it.

On my conversion, I think the 30T will do what I want. If not, my next step would be to change the primary. More expensive and a lot more work than going to a 32T. I'll be interested to see how the 32 works for you.

To correct the speedo, I think the best solution is to reset it through a Twin Tec ignition. You get the bonus of the performance ignition, so you don't really have a cost of recalibration. I'm waiting to get mine right now.
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I don't see grinding the parts to be any problem. Plenty of meat there to grind on. I emailed the guy making the sprocket yesterday and he said he has hundreds of these on the road in Florida alone. And the message board I found out about these has threads praising the improvements they felt in their bikes after installing the 32 tooth gear. I really would like even lower rpm as a rpm I have at 30 I would love to have at 40 instead of at only 35 will be with the 32 sprocket but I seriously doubt the 883 would pull that high of a gear. But I might just try it if the 32 turns out as good as I expect it to. A smaller rear sprocket and new belt is an easy change to give it a try. Easy to change back. When I grew up in the 60's there were plenty of Volkswagons with only 36 horsepower and virtually no torque running full speed down the highway pulling a lot more weight than our little sportsters have to pull and we have more horsepower and torque than the vw's. If it takes me a few seconds longer to get to 50 mph, I don't care. And when you want to accelerate faster the lower gears are there to let the engine rev for quickly passing cars or whatever is needed. Still planning on installing the 32 the first of next week and will give full report of my findings here. I just checked out the Twin Tec ignition on line and that sure does seem the way to go if you want to correct the speedometer reading. And they are in Daytona so I am going to stop and see them tomorrow as we will be riding our bikes all day anyway with biketoberfest going on here in Daytona. With the Twin Tec you should be able to dial in a little more advanced ignition timing to increase the torque of the engine and let you pull the higher gear easier. A win win situation. Found them on ebay for under $250, will see what I can buy one for at the manufacturer. Looks like this years Biketoberfest will be a bigger event than last. Lots of tents setup yesterday afternoon ready to sell starting today and Main St. at 3 in the afternoon was already filled with bikes parked from the ocean to the river. Perfect weather forecast so will be riding all day next two days and a little today.
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Yes, please report back on the 32T.

Hey, don't forget your camera for Biketoberfest.
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here is what was wrote on the harley board about the 32 tooth:
I ride an '05 883L with a 32 tooth transmission pulley and 68 tooth rear (stock) and I love it! The 32 tooth pulley was cheaper than changing the primary, didn't require a belt change and keeps me away from hitting the rev limiter. This 883 engine has plenty of power for a solo rider at 3200 rpm (70 mph with the 32 tooth pulley) and, I get my 60 mpg as long as I hold mph to 70. Above 70, mpg goes down

I am going to have to drive to Atlanta to pickup a new Sportster Super Low for my wife the first of the week so i won't be able to get my 32 gear on until late next week but will report back my experience as soon as it is tried out. I'm betting I will have another 32 gear on order for my wifes brand new sporty right after I test drive mine.
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put my 32 front sprocket on my 2005 883XL today. What a difference in a very, very good way. No more looking for 6th gear at 45 mph anymore. An hours work and $100 well spent. Really enjoy riding it much more now. And for those who were wondering about the 883 having the proper torque to pull the taller gear, no problem at all. Can accelerate just as fast, just have to open the throttle a little more to do so. Plenty of torque to pull the taller gear. Always used 2nd gear to go around a slow corner before, now I can use 1st gear and only use 5th gear above 40 mph where before I was in 5th at 30 mph. Anyone in the Daytona area who would like to try my bike to see if they would like it, come on by and ride mine. And if you decide you want one on your bike and are not comfortable doing the installation yourself, I might do some installation for others. I do have a brand new Harley factory 30 tooth sprocket I just bought in case the 32 didn't work out to sell and my used 28 tooth sprocket also is for sale. only 5000 miles on the 28 tooth.
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