Zipper’s Belt-To-Chain Conversion Kits For Performance Applications Or Old School Appeal

ZippersConverting a late model belt driven Harley-Davidson® to a chain drive is being made by a lot of bikers for a wide range of reasons, a few being interested in a different final drive ratio, adding driveline strength, getting more driveline clearance for a wider tire or looking for the “old school” look.

With its many conversion kits, Zipper’s Performance Products has taken the hassle out of doing the job the easy way and doing it right. Front sprockets are steel, rear are made from extremely tough 7075-T6 aircraft quality aluminum. Choose between high-wearing RK Pro O-Ring chain or RK’s brutally strong, high tensile strength Drag Race chain.

Identify your motorcycle model and year; what style of chain you wish to run, and whether you want to retain the stock ratio or change it up or down and Zipper’s Performance will supply you with everything you’ll need for the conversion for your Sportster, Softail & Touring bike.

Extremely small or large sprockets may require swing arm or frame modifications for clearance. 120 link chains are supplied, which may require shortening to fit. Available for 1985-up 5 Speed Big Twins and 1991-up Sportsters®, and certain year/model 6 Speed Big Twins. More info at: Zipper’s Belt-to-Chain Conversion Kits


8 Responses to “Zipper’s Belt-To-Chain Conversion Kits For Performance Applications Or Old School Appeal”

  1. 1 Josh Parker Jun 14th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Big market for this type of conversions.

  2. 2 CafeSportyTC Jun 14th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I’m sure there are plenty who love the old school look of this, but i’ll take a belt anyday… just my opinion

  3. 3 Chris Jun 14th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I prefer the relatively clean and relatively maintenance free belt too, except that each time I have to change it I swear I’m going to convert to chain! What a pain in the rear.

  4. 4 Steve P Jun 17th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    mmmm How many chain driven aircraft have you seen? Aluminium rear sprocket????? Aircraft quality aluminium is great for aircraft construction. Strong, light and flexible under flight stresses. It’s still a soft metal and not suitable for the kind of stress it will be under used as a rear sprocket.

  5. 5 Terence Tory Jun 18th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Steve P.Alloy of this grade is plenty strong enough and wear resistant in this application using a modern o-ring chain.The ally sprocket may even be less likely to flex under heavy loads compared to a mild steel one.Valentino Rossi’s race bike would have an ally rear sprocket transferring maybe five times the power of most HD’s through three times the traction of race tires.They seem to work just dandy there.

  6. 6 CafeSportyTC Jun 18th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    aluminum rear sprockets are common in the sport bike world… use one track day and throw away type use… for longevity most will run the steel sprocket

  7. 7 nicker Jun 18th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    “…. prefer the relatively clean and relatively maintenance free belt …”

    Golf carts are “clean & relatively maintenance free.”


  8. 8 Chris Jun 19th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    @nicker, so what’s the point? We are talking about the benefits of belts or chains. It sounds like you are saying “if you don’t want a chain, ride a golf cart.” Anything else to add, or is that the crux of your remark?

    I think I’ll get rid of my fenders too because the bike looks cool. So I get a rooster tail of oil, coolant, and road grime in my face and up my back. So what? If I don’t like it, maybe I should ride my golf cart.

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