Help with new BMW F800GS chain

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by corriej, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. corriej

    corriej Adventurer

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    Hi Guys,

    The BMW OEM chain for the F800GS was a chain without a softlink and you had to remove the swing arm to fit it. However since the launch of the 2013 F800GS BMW changed the part and it now has a softlink.

    The problem is I have no idea how to fit this:

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    Can anyone help? What do you do with the little metal springs/wires?

    Corrie
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  2. GH41

    GH41 Been here awhile

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    Lets call the springs Titty Springs! GH:1drink
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  3. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    I can't help but this looks interesting so I'm subscribed. I too vote for them to be called "titty springs".
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  4. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    I have seen these before, but never used them. do they have a hole through the pin that this wire goes into?,
    then the wire bends sort of like safety wiring a master link on.
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  5. Moqui

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    My guess is that they are a spacer that fits between the plate and roller and goes around the oring. That way they would protect the orings from being crushed and distorted when the assembly is pressed together. They probably need to be removed before riding the bike. And yes they should be called Titty Springs.
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  6. corriej

    corriej Adventurer

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    Hi Moqui, you are right. I asked around and that is exactly what they are used for. They are spacers to stop noobs like me from crushing the o-rings during installation.

    Titty Springs :rofl +1

    EDIT: You have to use a chain rivet tool to fit the rivet link.

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  7. Kiwi Tinkerer

    Kiwi Tinkerer Ross

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    Or peen the end with a small peening hammer. Stick a heavy piece of steel behind it. That works just as good.
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  8. flubbyhog

    flubbyhog Been here awhile

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    The two springs are to hold the chain close together so you can install the conn. link.

    It also looks like a riveted chain so you have to mushroom the pin heads after you get it all together. I have a chain tool and it works good for this. It's basically impossible to hold the backside of the link and whack the pin with a hammer hoping to mushroom it out that way.

    I've had my chain tool for so long, I think it was made by MotionPro? Could be wrong though. They're all over the net for around 50-60 bucks.
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  9. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    I just bought a chain tool at harbor freight for 12 bucks. If it lasts long enough to be used 10 times that's what, 200,000 miles? Good enough for me.
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