Joining links and 525 chains....

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Ranger Rob, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. outback jack

    outback jack Long timer

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    Agree, if you have access to a grinder use it first, but an el'cheapo will let you down one day. :huh And as OBB said if your clips are coming undone your not doing it right, some fellars use a dob of silicone for piece of mind.
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  2. mith_03

    mith_03 Adventurer

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    These work really well and they did a run of them earlier in the year for another forum.

    You could contact them to see if they have any left over.

    The clips work fine on the 525, I used to smear some black silicon over the clip for peace of mind.
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  3. DR-DRZ

    DR-DRZ Been here awhile

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    So your saying it has no relevance as to which direction the clip is facing along as it is fitted correctly?:ear
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  4. JohnG.

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    I recently got to mine with a ballpean hammer as the rivet link was working loose...

    [​IMG]

    She arnt going nowhere now :clap
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  5. Ranger Rob

    Ranger Rob Out and about...

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    Yeah, the "closed end" of the clip should be facing the direction of travel.

    I also completely agree with the use of some silicone or sikaflex under the clip as you fit it, as well as levering the chain plate back out against the clip.

    I also have used the "Ballards" chain breakers "small ones, just bigger than a matchbox" which are far from being toys and will easily push a pin through any chain without grinding.
    We have broken plenty of the cheaper breakers and even stuffed plenty of dearer breakers in the group that i ride with.

    Biggest problem is the small "Ballards breakeris a tight squeeze on a 525 or wider chain, but absolutely perfect in a bumbag for WRs and KTM excs.
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  6. gateman

    gateman Long timer

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    Bought a circlip joiner $3.60 when I got a new 525. Kept the rivot joiner any way.

    was passing another bike shop different town and thought I'll just grab another. $13.00...go figure that out.
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  7. Outbackbiker

    Outbackbiker Virgin Adventurer

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    No, did not mention the circlip direction , nor did i suggest it should be fitted any way but the correct direction!
    Feel free to fit it back to front if you wish! will look forward to the ride report!:rofl
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  8. JohnG.

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    made mine 'bigger' with the angle grinder :lol3
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  9. DR-DRZ

    DR-DRZ Been here awhile

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    No you suggested than when fitted correctly the direction the bike traveled was irrelevant.
    :deal
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  10. Outbackbiker

    Outbackbiker Virgin Adventurer

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    Can't help you there mate, my scoot doesn't have reverse :ear
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  11. Ranger Rob

    Ranger Rob Out and about...

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    Yep....The thought of taking 1mm off one side did cross my mind!

    I just put a groove in the middle to the hole with a die grinder, but boy, is the steel pretty hard!
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  12. Lc8grrr

    Lc8grrr Vtwin madness

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    I've got the Ballards one. We gave it a slight touch with an angle grinder to make it fit the 525 properly. Cant remember exactly what we did because I havent used it for 4 or 5 years. Does work well though.
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  13. Big Willy

    Big Willy two dementional

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  14. MODNROD

    MODNROD Wheat and Sheep

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    My 2c worth, I used to be a parts guy, but got shit to bits with people calling me names, so left! :lol3
    (Honestly though, what a crap job, I was an Ag Dealership Parts Manager. The only time you hear from people is when something on a 1/2mil tractor goes bang, and they ring to ask how much their loan needs to be to fix it).

    OK, my limited info is that a 525 joiner is not a 525 joiner is not a 525 joiner. There are different widths for the joiners, as they suit the different widths of the chains. Simplex chains (eg MX with no O-rings) are quite a bit narrower than joiners for O-ring chains, which are also narrower than XSO-ring chains. That might be some of the drama.

    I usually get all my stuff from www.sprocketcentre.com, there parts stock is more complete than local suppliers, and even when in the parts game (we also had a bike dealership attahced) I still went there, they were cheaper and faster to get my parts here than wait for local Oz wholesalers.

    Oh yeah, I also use an angle grinder and I have always used link joiners, never crimp tools.
    100s of passes down the 1/4 in under 10secs over 20 years, streeters and long bikes with 1.2sec 60ft, heaps of road travel.
    Just lucky I guess! :D

    Hope you get it sussed man.
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  15. Ranger Rob

    Ranger Rob Out and about...

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    Thanks for your info.

    I also empathise with being behind a counter, as everyone wants the world.

    I do make a point of giving positive feedback to staff and businesses that deserve it. All too often they only get to hear the bad, unreasonable stuff from pissed-off consumers.

    Thanks again.
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  16. LaudJohn

    LaudJohn Been here awhile

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    I would suggest it may be easier and cheaper to do what I did.

    Just change to 520 sprokets and chain.

    Plenty more chains available and you can use your existing equipment.
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