Drz400 Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Britmick, May 4, 2007.

  1. THRASHED

    THRASHED Moving on Up

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    Probably nicked a rock. I've been thinking of going with the master link, never thought about that happening. Good thing you caught it.
  2. THRASHED

    THRASHED Moving on Up

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    Thanks.
  3. wingam00

    wingam00 Formely AKA Wingam00

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    Takes more work but I put my master link clip in the inside of the chain and not the outside. Maybe that way it is protected a little more.
  4. Muddler

    Muddler Been here awhile

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    I've lost mine before, but wasn't so lucky. Got stuck 50km from home. Always keep a spare link in my toolkit now.
    How did you press the plate on, with a chain tool or pliers?
  5. axia

    axia Super Schralpster

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  6. 150ron

    150ron Long timer

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    I just got a new clip, pressed it on with needle nose pliers, but im not happy about the way it looks, the part that extends to go over the front metal piece, expended, and when its fully on, its still looks apart, did not go back to being closed the way it was before i put it on, ill keep a eye on it.

    Ill get a new complete master link tomorrow, to carry with me on the bike.

    there's a special tool for putting that clip on?
  7. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    because its a thumper, with no load on the drive train.

    what you are seeing are the slack of the chain transfering from above to below the swingarm as the piston accelerates/decelerates and the wheel stays fairly constant in speed.

    cush drive bikes do it less, but still visible.

    lower rpms, or lugging will show this while riding.

    completely normal.
  8. Muddler

    Muddler Been here awhile

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    I understand. I think that was my problem when I lost mine. If you try and push the clip on without the plate properly pressed on first, you may either stress the clip, or not fully engage the clip ( what you have just described)
    I suggest you get a chain tool and you will have better results. There are fairly compact chain breaker tools you can buy which can be used to press the plate on. Once the plate is properly on you should find the clip goes on much easier with your pliers
    Good luck
  9. 150ron

    150ron Long timer

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    Got a link to one of these tools?

    im trying to understand how the tool can push the plates together, and at the same time the clip will go on?

    Im sure once i see it, ill understand how it works.
  10. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    It doesn't do both at the same time. Most master links these days seem to use a plate that is a loose press fit to the pins and you simply need to press it far enough on so that the grooves for the clip seat properly. So you press the plate on where it stays in place, then put the clip on.

    Some master links have plates that just slip on easily by hand. I think these may be more common in non o-ring chains, especially in the smaller sizes. But most master links these days require some kind of press fit of the plate. You can use pliers, a small c-clamp, etc., but having a chain press tool that will slowly and evenly press the plate on is a nicer way to go.

    The chain pressing tool is usually combined with the tool used to stake the pins on non-clip master links. You can spend a whole lot or not very much for these with differing levels of quality. I borrow one from a friend who spent perhaps $30 for the tool many years ago. It works fine, but is not as easy to use as the more expensive tools.

    BTW, I wouldn't ride any bike where I had any doubt that the master clip is seated properly. This is just asking for trouble. And you're not just risking a chain break - when they snap, they can wad up and break other things including engine cases.

    - Mark
  11. axia

    axia Super Schralpster

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    Thanks! I was sure all hell was about to break loose!
  12. Muddler

    Muddler Been here awhile

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    +1
    I reckon you'll need one to press the plate on properly. Once pressed, it will stay put while you slide the clip on

  13. carbon_unit

    carbon_unit Adventurer

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    After I put the clip on I take a flat screwdriver and pry the plate back out against the clip to further secure the clip. Never tried the RTV silicone trick but it might help.
  14. Muddler

    Muddler Been here awhile

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    Not quite what I meant, but this will do it
    http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p...hain-Press-Tool-For-520-Chain?term=chain tool
    Mine is an Aussie Ballards chain breaker tool
    I did the silicone thing once before with no problems
  15. focallength

    focallength Handling it

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    Because theres no load on it, its on a lift with the swing arm free, theres no tension.
  16. Jim patton

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    New chain time. I'd check sprockets also. Looks like some frozen/stuck
    Rollers. What does it look like rolling it slow?
  17. Deltron

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    Hey guys, I recently purchased a drz400s 2005 (post pictures sometime soon). But recently when riding my clutch cable went out so I am going to be ordering a new one.

    I got a question, my throttle began to stick a little bit, mostly when just starting to accelerate then it would stop sticking most of the time, any ideas on what I should do?
  18. Creeker747

    Creeker747 Been here awhile

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    +1
  19. Creeker747

    Creeker747 Been here awhile

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    Make sure the linkage is free-flowing. Loosen up the cabling at the carb and see if it frees up? Then, fiddle with that area as you tighten it back up and make sure it doesn't bind while tighten the cables and alignment. Make sense?
  20. mark1150

    mark1150 Been here awhile

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    In the past as a belt and braces approach I've seen these links secured with lock wire, as it passes over on the side plate it doesn't interfere with the sprocket teeth.
    Might be worth a try if only for peace of mind.