EK Screw link

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Kronhjort, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. Kronhjort

    Kronhjort n00b

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    I just bought a new chain for my bike and there was this kind of link with it. They call it screw master link.[​IMG]
    Is it safe to use?
    Feels like the rivet type is safer but I have to use a tool to install it.

    Kronhjort
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  2. greer

    greer Long timer

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    Do a Google search and you'll find good reviews on this link. I'm thinking I'll try one next time around.

    Sarah
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  3. It'sNotTheBike

    It'sNotTheBike Banned

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    Of course you are 100% correct that the original poster should have done a Google
    search before posting here and expecting someone else to do his research for him.

    If he had done so, which took me all of 20 seconds, he would have come up with
    at least these search returns, and perhaps more :


    http://www.r1-forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=234825


    http://www.svrider.com/forum/showthread.php?t=46043
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  4. greer

    greer Long timer

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    I figure it's best the OP see all the results and not just a few I hand-pick.

    Sarah
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  5. Kronhjort

    Kronhjort n00b

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    Oh please forgive me!!!
    I have Googled and read these sites plus those that are written here but since they are old I thought you had some news. But I see this was the wrong place to ask.
    Once again I'm sorry!
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  6. NJjeff

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    Don't be sorry, thanks for posting. It's something I never saw and I learned something new.

    That's what online formums are for.
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  7. greer

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    You're in the right place and there's no reason to be sorry at all. I hope I didn't sound unfriendly or harsh in my reply. You didn't mention any prior research so I figured Google would be the place to start. I've wondered time and again about that EK link myself.

    Sarah
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  8. QSrider

    QSrider Adventurer

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    Yeah, no reason to be sorry. Somebody is just having a bad day.
    I also learn something new because of your post. And like you I went and googled it and got a bunch of old hits. I just came back to yours post to see if someone would have replied saying they have been using them for thousands of miles...
    I think that's what forums are for. If you have to think too much before asking a question, then it sucks.
    The kind of attitude you received is what makes noobs not ask questions because they are TOO dumb/embarrassing, TOO whatever...
    Let's all chill :freaky
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  9. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Just curious, have you used them in applications where the chain goes through a chain guide under the swingarm, as it feeds onto the rear sprocket?
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  10. ABHooligan

    ABHooligan The Flying Mythos

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    Hey OP,
    Please don't clutter up this site asking bike-related questions. Especially if google turns up anything that's been posted in the past 15 years. The kids here are only interested in bewbies, bacon, beer, and strangely, one another's mothers.
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  11. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    that's what i'm thinking too. looks like it sticks out a fair bit, maybe too much for a slider.
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  12. NJjeff

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    Ah ha, I was thinking they seem to stick out a bit. So you can grind them down a little, thanks.
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  13. Kronhjort

    Kronhjort n00b

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    Thanks for your help! :clap
    What makes me worried is that it looks like it is just the rubber rings that locks the plate.
    Well I guess I use it and keep a good look at the rubber rings.
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  14. greer

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  15. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    Look up Hi-Lock fasteners, they hold a lot of the airframe together on commercial aircraft. The nut shears off at a specific torque. These look very similar.
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  16. Dave in Wi

    Dave in Wi Long timer

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    It is not just the rubber o-rings that hold the link on. That wouldn't last very long. :-)
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  17. Kronhjort

    Kronhjort n00b

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    Now I feel stupid. I press the plate on. But what keep the plate from sliding off? Is it really enough to just press it on? When I use a rivet link the tool expand the end of the pins so the plate can't come off. My guess was that the o-rings kept the plate from coming off.
    I hope you undestand my Swedish English.
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  18. P B G

    P B G Long timer

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    That's what it looks like to me as well.

    Similar to pop-riveting, the central core looks like it is "weakened" so that it snaps precisely when it is tensioned appropriately.

    Hence I would not recommend using a caliper to measure the link, as if this is the case the product is engineered to be run till it cracks off.
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    GISdood Been here awhile

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  20. rkover1

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    On my 2006 BMW F650GS, they do stick out far enough to interfere with the Touratech chain guide. I haven't bothered with trying to file them down shorter. In the meantime, the chain guide is lying on my bench.

    doc
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