Best Chain Tool

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bens109, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. bens109

    bens109 Adventurer

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    Hi guys,

    I,m about to embark on a several month trip and just realised I need to get myself a small, portable chain tool to take along. I like the look of the Motion Pro T6 but as far as I can tell it dosen't install rivet type master links. This isn't a deal breaker but if anyone could recommend a similar tool that will do both clip and rivet chains I would appreciate it.

    Cheers
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  2. griffo1962

    griffo1962 Long timer

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  3. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    Pretty cool tool, is there a USA equivalent, or is it offered this side of the creek?

    I tried the web address and removed the Australia designation, and it came up blank as just a dot com.
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  4. speedracertdi

    speedracertdi Been here awhile

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    The chain tool kit offered by Cycle Gear works well. Read directions and use it properly. Done several chains easily with no issues. It is Chinese but it can be had cheaply when Cycle Gear offers them on sale or other promos.
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  5. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    If you find that installing a master link after breaking the chain takes you hours, check to see if you spread the link apart.

    Was helping a friend install a new chain and we were squeezing the life out of the Orings. We couldn't figure out what was going on.

    [​IMG]

    In picture above imagine the ends widened by the width of your orings. The master link goes in but when you put the orings on there isn't enough room.
    Just take vise grips and squeeze the link back to size.
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  6. griffo1962

    griffo1962 Long timer

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    contact John and ask about postage to the US.... :evil
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  7. sonoran

    sonoran friend of P

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    +1 on the Terra-X if you can get one. I know they just ran a batch this past fall, maybe some unspoken for.
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  8. Dustodust

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    there is a kit to allow the Pro motion tool to do riveting $16.95http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/14/71/995/45645/ITEM/Motion-Pro-Rivet-and-Breaker-Kit-for-Chain-Press-Tool-Kit.aspx?SiteID=Google_PLA995&WT.mc_ID=10012&esvt=0-GOUSC&esvadt=9-0-3886819-1&esvaid=30548&kw={keyword}&gclid=CKazkYiB7rUCFexaMgodc1QAmQ

    and this one thayt also does rivetinghttp://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/14/71/995/21457/ITEM/Motion-Pro-Chain-Breaker--Press-and-Riveting-Tool.aspx
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  9. Dustodust

    Dustodust Long timer

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    Harbor freight has a chain link press for under $10 that works excellent but does not have a rivet link press like the motion pro does.
    I used the HF chain press to install it and pressed it some with the driver pin followed with a chisel and hammer to carefully stake the rivet heads without bending the link pins and rode down to my buddies shop to borrow his proper staking tool to getterdun right for peace of mind

    A master link 520 chain can be easily tapped out with a punch or screwdriver.
    +1 on the previous post about squishing the Oring and plates with a needle nose vice grip to get the clip on

    a new 525 or 530 chain will require grinding off the rivets and using the press . On a well worn 525/530 chain the links will be so worn it will tap out easily
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  10. sintax

    sintax Been here awhile

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    These guys are the US distributor of the Terra-X chain tool.

    http://www.bestrestproducts.com/p-330-terra-x-chain-breaker.aspx

    I'd just order online, i tried calling the guy and i think i interrupted him or whatever. But he shipped quickly and its cheaper than ordering it from AU, esp with the current exchange rates.
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  11. Unstable Rider

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    Outstanding ~ thanks brother. :D
    I got em bookmarked~!
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  12. gqelements

    gqelements Been here awhile

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    Just ordered directly from Terra-X (with shipping to Canada) and wanted to share a great customer service experience.

    Upon receipt of my order, Keith at Terra-X answered my questions very expediently (err, in under an hour) so now I have one of these clever doo-hickies en-route to me now.

    Looking forward to reducing the weight of my kit!

    PS: No affiliation with the company, just hoping to share a good experience!
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  13. Vicks

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    i bounght my Terra-X tool way back when it was like 60AUD and used it for the first time after a few months to rivet the link on a new 525 chain for my 990Adv. The pin tip broke after riveting the chain half way so, i ground the tip and re-used it to rivet the chain fully, when it broke once again.

    I emailed Keith about it with some pictures and he responded well. A few email exhanges later, he accepted it could have been a bad batch of pins and sent me new ones at no extra cost.

    I keep returning to their website to see what other tool they are coming up with. Good product and better customer support / response. Definitely recommended.
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  15. PeterW

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    Getting the links on, even the crap tool kit pliers will do it, you push it mostly into place with your fingers and it just needs to be nipped into place with pliers. I'd suggest springing for a spare clip and playing first time, but basically, very easy.

    I'd also suggest wiping the grease off that side of the link and putting silicone over the newly installed clip. That solved the clips coming off for me at least, they don't typically break and fly off, they tend to creep, and the silicone is just strong enough to prevent that.

    Certainly a LOT easier than using a chain breaker in the field, and all in all, given possibly crap working conditions, likely as reliable.

    Pete
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  16. dazler

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    Thanks PeterW

    Also can someone confirm if this will rivet DID master links.
    Or what chain brand it will work with or not work.

    I like that is a whole smaller, but I believe the DID chain tool have a plate with a slot so you don't over tighten the side plate and that way you get the exact measurement to rivet the pins or to install the clip.
    Someone correct me if I'm wrong on that.
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  17. JustRon

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    I use the Motion Pro PBR tool in the garage, but it's a bit heavy to take on the road. It works well, and does everything you'd want (Press, Break, and Rivet).

    [​IMG]
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  18. Auto-X Fil

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    With the PBR, do you need to grind the rivet off a 520 chain before pressing it out?
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    dazler Been here awhile

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  20. rpet

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    Spare DID clips are on amazon
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