New Chain for the 950: To Rivet or To Clip, That Is The Question

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by ABuck99, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. RedRupert

    RedRupert Brit in the Soviet Union

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    Agreed.

    If you grind or file the pins, why bother with a special tool? Just use a screwdriver between the links and twist - it's quick and easy.

    If you don't need to swap your chain for different gearing, why not use the rivet link that you get free with the (DID) chain?

    Also, it's pretty quick and easy to remove the swinging arm to swap out the chain without splitting if you're removing the wheel anyway.
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  2. D K

    D K Been here awhile

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    The only downside with a clip is that if you install the clip backwards and the chain comes in contact with anything, it can push the clip loose.

    It's not an issue is the clip is installed the correct direction.


    I have, on 2 occasions, swapped a clip around on a bike I have purchased 2nd hand:norton

    YMMV
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  3. halfcab

    halfcab Been here awhile

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    I have been a clip user since 1974 and will continue to do so. Why, because I remove the chain for inspection and cleaning quite often plus I replace the counter shaft sprocket when needed.
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  4. rossguzzi

    rossguzzi 990 Adv.

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    Bought a DID 525 vx chain and fitted it up yesterday. Was suprised to see it did not come with a rivet link, only a clip link.
    Went back to 3 diffrent shops to find a rivet link and none had one to fit. Was recomended to just run the clip.
    Call me old fashion. I want a rivet. Even had a mechanic tell me all bike (Ducati) come with clips now.
    Hmmm, Im suspicious about that.
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  5. Rodknee

    Rodknee the post is mightier than the sword...

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    on pure dirtbikes, i will run a clip. on anything i ride on the street, rivet 100% all the time.

    on last weeks ride a guy clip took off on him, and luckily nothing happened short of some minor case scraping. could have been a disaster if the wheel locked up on him.

    there are enough hazards out there on the street at speed, i don't need to add another. :deal
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