KLR650 DID "X-ring" chain (riveted master link) install step-by-step walk thru

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by klm4755, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. John2453

    John2453 Wage Slave

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    If you don't have a Dremel or a grinder, you can use bolt cutters to break your chain. That's what I used on my old DID 520V and it was very fast. No other tool is required.
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  2. SnowAviation

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    No, and most of us don't "apply co-linear forces with crescent and socket wrench" either.


    Co-linear - Heh.


    Ribbing aside, nice right-up Keithm.
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  3. klm4755

    klm4755 Been here awhile

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    Two co-linear offset forces is a "couple". A couple induces a pure moment without shear loads. Every couple has a moment! hehehe
    Keithm
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  4. DCL

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    I know this is an old thread...but wanted to thank you for the step by step pics as they helped during a chain install this weekend.

    DCL

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  5. Muckpee

    Muckpee Noobie Adventurer

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    Great how to, I will be using it in the future! The BMW techs at my dealer should read this.. they installed my chain but didn't think using the last two xrings were a big deal..
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  6. eakins

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    great right up!
    that would apply to any bike w/ a chain.
    should be stickied somewhere for maintainance.
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  7. Milckrate

    Milckrate n00b

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    Fabulous write up. Thank you!
    Discovered it googling for the KLR's link count as I'm in the middle of my first replacement and got an online course for free!
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  8. TNC

    TNC Candyass Camper

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    Yeah, this is an excellent write-up for sure. Even if you don't go to the extremes pointed out here, it allows one to see all the elements involved and their importance when installing a chain and this kind of master link.

    I use this same chain, but I use the also available "C" style master link. It's on a KLX250 turned 300cc, and I feel that with proper installation and maintenance, an old style master link will be quite reliable. That said, I'm sure most of us have experienced the very difficult task of compressing the side plate on any good o-ring chain to get the clip on. Rather than using or carrying a heavier or more expensive chain tool, I just use a small Harbor Freight C-clamp with the tip of the adjustable jaw ground down to a point to compress the plate and o-rings just enough to get the C-clip installed. This C-clamp is the smallest they make and takes up no space and costs almost nothing. Just an alternate idea on simple and cheap.
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  9. Hipster

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    Great write up. I just ordered a DID 520 x-ring chain but, mine came with a master link.
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  10. klm4755

    klm4755 Been here awhile

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    Now that's one worn sprocket
    Keithm
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  11. JohnG.

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    My previous one did 54k klm pushing for 70k this time with a little TLC :wink:
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  12. wcprominence

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    I'm just getting ready to do this job. This is a great and perfectly detailed write up. I haven't changed the chain on my KLR yet, so let's hope it goes well :-) thanks again.
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  13. kallehof

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    Thanks klm4755. Nice details.

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    I think I could have turned this sprocket around and ran it for another 1000 miles.

    Kalle Hoffman
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  14. Pablodakar

    Pablodakar Been here awhile

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    Hi. I recover this old thread because I just discover that DID RIVETTING TOOL is not more compatible with new chains :eek1

    I was using a Did 520V in my DR350, rivetted without problem and perfect... just received a 520VX2 (X ring instead o ring), tried to riveting and... BAD. I discovered DID tool doesn´t fit this new chain.
    First, new chain is a bit closer.

    When you insert chain to rivet, and push the plate, in other side is two hole with a groove, and that groove was perfect for 520v, but it´s large for 520VX, then you push to other side the pin a bit= x-ring crushed.

    I´m trying to adapt Did rivetter tool to new chain (covering the holes), next days I will try to rivet again with new ordered parts...

    I was thinking that DID tool was a good investiment for future, but if every years I must replace tool.... maybe would be better a standard chain tool.


    Regards
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