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Old 05-12-2015, 01:21 PM   #1
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EK chain SLJ master link

I just installed a new EK chain on my bike (525 pitch), which came with an SLJ screw-type master link. Supposed to be "better" than the clip type. It was not difficult to install, but I have either had chains that were riveted or with a clip, and this "new technology " thingy is kind of giving me the willies.

Anyone had any experience, good or bad, with this type of master link?
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Old 05-12-2015, 03:24 PM   #2
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I used one once, never had a problem. Better than a clip and probably just as good as a rivet.
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Old 05-12-2015, 04:58 PM   #3
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I had one on my old BMW F650. Better than a clip, easier than riveting.

The only issue I had was that it stuck out from the chain further and interfered with the Touratech chain guard I had.

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Old 05-12-2015, 05:44 PM   #4
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Had one on the V-Strom. It outlasted the rest of the chain.
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Old 05-13-2015, 12:01 PM   #5
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First I've seen this. Just googled...what keeps the nut from backing off? Surely you can't torque it down with any serious torque, or you would crush the O-rings and seize the link.
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Old 05-13-2015, 02:36 PM   #6
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First I've seen this. Just googled...what keeps the nut from backing off? Surely you can't torque it down with any serious torque, or you would crush the O-rings and seize the link.
It looks like it is a torque to yield type fastener - tighten it until the stud breaks off. Foolproof! Might have to get this for my bike; it needs a chain very soon.
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Old 05-13-2015, 05:20 PM   #7
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First I've seen this. Just googled...what keeps the nut from backing off? Surely you can't torque it down with any serious torque, or you would crush the O-rings and seize the link.
Thanks for the responses. With those positive reports, I will try to relax and not think about the link! To install it you tighten the nuts until the plate seats (not much torque really), then you unscrew the nuts and break off the threaded studs as close to the link as possible. It is a very easy install.
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:54 PM   #8
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I just removed one after 20000 miles on a Bonneville, still in good condition.
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Old 05-16-2015, 08:12 AM   #9
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I put one on my wife's F650GS (twin) after reading many positive comments. I was impressed. Ingenious! I did have to grind the remnant of the broken stud a bit to avoid rubbing the chain guard.
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Old 05-18-2015, 03:36 AM   #10
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I googled the crap out of these before I took the leap, and after using one I'm sold. An engineer buddy who uses them says the nut serves to swedge the pin against the plate, does that sound like the right term? Anyhow, I'm done with clips and rivets.

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Old 05-18-2015, 07:24 AM   #11
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I googled the crap out of these before I took the leap, and after using one I'm sold. An engineer buddy who uses them says the nut serves to swedge the pin against the plate, does that sound like the right term? Anyhow, I'm done with clips and rivets.

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Swage, not swedge. Yes, that sounds very interesting. I might take a serious look at these. Currently running a riveted chain and have a great rivet tool, but to do it correctly is very time consuming.
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Old 05-18-2015, 02:34 PM   #12
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No problems here.

Well, one, the pack came with an extra X-ring :), once I worked that out everything went together well, no signs of problems so far.

If you look closely at the nuts which do the swaging you'll see one end has a slight taper, that basically crimps the thing together when it's tightened by squeezing the backing plate in against the shaft that goes through it.

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