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Old 10-09-2007, 12:12 PM
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Chain help

Whats the best way to pop on a new chain? Do I need any special tools?

Also whats the best way to get one off? I just used a grinder on my old one and that seemed to work pretty darn good.
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Old 10-09-2007, 12:38 PM
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yea, grinder to get the old one off, hook the master link to the new one and the end of the old one and pull it through,then rivet the link after connecting. i hope you are not going to use a clip link.
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Old 10-09-2007, 12:43 PM
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In the past I've clip linked... BUT only to drive it to a bike shop where they swaped the master link for a riveted one... you definitley want to go the riveted route.

I have heard of "screw" type masters... but haven't used one yet...

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Hmm, I'm not sure what I have, I think they are rivet masters links.

Now I gotta find a riveter....
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Cheap (and I mean cheap) chain riveter tool about 2/3 down this page.

I believe it's a knock off of the DID chain riveting tool. Worked fine for me.
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Old 10-09-2007, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by mini4m3 View Post
Whats the best way to pop on a new chain? Do I need any special tools?

Also whats the best way to get one off? I just used a grinder on my old one and that seemed to work pretty darn good.
Hi Mini buy yourself RK chain tool it worth every penny. Save time easy to work with if you replace chain 2 times your tool just paid for itself.
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by bkelsey View Post
Cheap (and I mean cheap) chain riveter tool about 2/3 down this page.

I believe it's a knock off of the DID chain riveting tool. Worked fine for me.
you talking about the 4$ or 16$?

the 4$ looks like something I can fab outta spare parts lol.



btw thanks guys for all the advice
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:36 PM
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I've been riding with a clip master link for about 16000 miles now. Lost the clip a long time ago. Got another one, lockwired it on, and it came off again. I said fuggit and just went with lockwire and it's been fine ever since.
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Old 10-09-2007, 07:16 PM
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I'm with you Greg.......I've used clip master links all my biking life with never a problem of any kind. With my return to biking with the SH and it's 100HP...I went ahead and used a press fit and staked master, as per recommendation, but can't see what could go wrong with a clip master.......any one have any horror stories???? HHmmmm???
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Old 10-09-2007, 07:20 PM
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well I just up'd the teeth so I don't wanna blip it and here my chain fly off and hit a car behind me
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Old 10-10-2007, 05:12 AM
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Originally Posted by mini4m3 View Post
you talking about the 4$ or 16$?

the 4$ looks like something I can fab outta spare parts lol.
$16, you cheap ... . I actually bought the $4 plate press too, since I thought it might work better than my chain breaker for pressing master link plates on. Believe me, it's overpriced at $4.

I've used clip type links for 18 years and have never had one come off. If I were going to be changing my final gearing frequently on this bike, I wouldn't have a problem using one.
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Old 10-10-2007, 06:23 AM
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Hmmm... that $16.00 chain press/riveter looks like a super deal.
Last time I used vise-grips to press on the side plate and a hammer & punch to stake the rivet. I can't remember how I stabilized the chain to do this, but I do remember it was a PITA!

I'm gonna pick up that tool for the next chain job.

FWIW I've used clips a couple of times w/no problems also.
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Old 10-10-2007, 07:45 AM
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You might want to look at the motionpro web site for tools. Not cheap but you get what you pay for.

I have a story about a clip master. I was getting ready for the last session of the day and decided to check the oil level. When I pulled the bike off the stand to make it level and check the oil I heard a hiss. I put the bike back on the stand and no hiss then off the stand and the hiss came back! Hmmm I think I better look into this. I then rolled the bike foward and found the clip from some bodys master in my rear tire!!! That ended my day and no complaints at least I didn't find out at + 100MPH.
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Please keep you clipped master chain link off the track. You never know who might find it. It could even be you.
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lol on a similar note, I actually stepped on a chain master link and it went right up into my shoe like 1/2'' in.
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So.... I tried to find a cheap riveter and couldn't so I'm just gonna take it into a shop. Bought a clip master so I can ride it over, but get this...

My favorite store/shop just broke their riveter yesterday and is waiting for a new one.

Closer shop/store (which everyone hates, but ends up going to in a pinch) told me 40$ for labor. I'm like "40$???? how do you figure that number?" the guy gave me the labor spiel and told me that it could take up to 30 minutes to rivet this thing.

At this point I'm kinda floored, so I ask how would it take thirty minutes to pop a link on. He tells me that well since your riding it over here with the chain on, I have to remove the chain and thats extra time spent right there.

I told that I'd come over do all the work in his parking lot then give him the chain to rivet so it would be a dollar worth of labor. At this point he started getting defensive and saying that 30 minutes would be worst case scenario.


What a joke. Hopefully I can figure out a way to not go to these ********.
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Bring 'em a box of doughnuts and don't deal with the manager. Go right to the mechanic. Hit 'em up in the morning when doughnuts are freshest!
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