Master link troubles

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by scottcolbath, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. scottcolbath

    scottcolbath Long timer

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    Putting a new chain on the 640, and the peen-type master link won't go through the open hole on the chain at all. So, I figure I'll give the clip-type master link a shot. Same thing. Neither is willing to make this journey on to my chain.

    I tried getting my chain tool in place to press it through, but there is not enough space to make this work on just one plate of the master link. I'm concerned that if I try setting it up where I squeeze both plates, I'll bend the one that is not the one I'm trying to feed the master link through. So, I'm not doing that.

    So, maybe a gentle buzz on the first hole with the dremel?

    The master link goes right through the inner link hole. No problem there.

    Anyone else experienced this?

    S.C.
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  2. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    If you got the links and chain from the same vendor then tell them to either supply the proper link or a new chain - whichever is defective.

    I can't suggest Dremel'ing anything.
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  3. baloneyskin daddy

    baloneyskin daddy bikaholic

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    It is a press fit you know, its designed to be very tight. Try working one pin at a time ,little by little till it gets started. What chain tool do you have?
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  4. scottcolbath

    scottcolbath Long timer

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    I have the very nice Motion Pro, and I am only working one pin at a time. Trouble is, you really can't fit the press to get just that one pin on the one plate. It wants both plates. Maybe I'll give it a shot and just watch out for any bending of the outside plate (pressing link open end outward from the inside of the bike).

    S.C.
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  5. katbeanz

    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I

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    I use a beefy pair of vise grips and a 6mm nut for a spacer over the pin, work one side at a time until it's seated. You can usually feel the clip groove with a fingernail.
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  6. scottcolbath

    scottcolbath Long timer

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    Update.......

    I AM A FRIGGIN' DUMBASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I counted the links on the old chain.......twice. I counted the links on the new chain.......twice.

    Then, I cut one extra pin back from where I should have, thereby rendering that entire link useless. I did not notice I did this until a few minutes ago. So, I removed the rest of the bad link, and now it's too short to use. :baldy

    So, anyone need a slightly short chain? :lol3

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  7. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

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    LOL! Well...you're not the first one to do this, believe me!

    The good news is you have the fix on hand. A properly installed rivet link is every bit as strong as a regular link and you still have the clip link, right? Just use them both.

    They are both designed to be a press fit and the plates will go on hard, but you have the right tool for the job. When in doubt, read the instructions and start again. Press both links on at the same time and it will go fine.


    *edit* It also sounds like you're having a bad night...maybe walk away for tonight?
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  8. scottcolbath

    scottcolbath Long timer

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    It's really a first for me. I am typically so careful, I have no idea how I managed to do this.

    Actually, I went digging in the trash and pulled out my old chain. I am very proactive in my parts replacement. The old chain is actually in decent shape, so for now I will use the rivet link I have and put that chain back on for Baja next week. When I get home, I'll ponder the other option, which isn't all that bad.

    The thing is, this is far from my first chain rodeo. The fact that I did this is just insane.

    Honestly, there's tons of noise in my head these days. I'm up at 4:30 and still wide awake at 11:00, even after a few cocktails. So yes, there's a lot going on in my head. Hoepfully a trip down to the Baja 1K will help that.

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  9. SRG

    SRG SRG

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    I've used 2 (clip type) master links in the chain before - it's a non issue.
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  10. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    Or use two rivet links. He said he had a chain tool
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  11. scottcolbath

    scottcolbath Long timer

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    Yeah, I may pick up a fresh pair of rivet links when I get back from Baja. No sense in wasting a perfectly good chain.

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  12. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    +1 on the vise grip scenario,Ive used them to get all sorts of master links into place. Bummer about the short chain,ride now,worry later.
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  13. Balootraveler

    Balootraveler Been here awhile

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    Dman Glad i never skrew upp. Too bad you have a 640 I have a short 520?525? I need to add a couple of link some one miss counted.
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