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post #1 of 25 Old 04-26-2016, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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So I'm almost due for a new chain . I stopped by the dealer and they are telling me that the swing arm needs to be removed because I don't have a Master link ... I looked at it and I believe they are incorrect so I'm going to attempt it my self any advice would greatly be appreciated .. Thanks
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post #2 of 25 Old 04-26-2016, 09:16 AM
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That's crazy. The chain can be cut or the pins on one link ground down to the side plates and pressed out with a chain tool. The new chain will have a master link. Go elsewhere.
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Try a motorcycle dealership.

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Yeah if a shop tell you that back away and do not return. Every new chain comes with a master link be it clip or rivet.
If you do it yourself spend the money for the kit that has both the chain break and press tools included. Makes it a cake walk, just make sure to grind the head off the pin you pushing out when removing the chain otherwise you will have the chance of breaking your tool.

Here is an example of one such kit:

http://www.compacc.com/p/motion-pro-pbr-chain-tools

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Never ceases to amaze me, on how inept that too many dealers are.

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I don't think they are being inept in this case, as much as dishonest.

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I don't think they are being inept in this case, as much as dishonest.
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post #8 of 25 Old 04-26-2016, 04:06 PM
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You may want to study this thread. Has some useful info in it.

I am at a similar point and in the end it seems that the best price option is to get a DID 525 with the corresponding mater link and the DID chain riveting tool and you are all set. Next time it will cost you $100 to replace the chain.

If you use those links make sure you get the correct chain length for your bike!
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post #9 of 25 Old 04-27-2016, 12:07 AM
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The factory chain is endless. No master link. It was installed before the swing arm shaft was put in. Cut it off with a chain cutter, or hack saw, or acetylene torch, or light saber. Or grind off a rivet head and push the pin out with the chain tool.

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You just cut the OEM chain off, no need to remove the swing arm. Replacement chains use a master link. If you want to do your own chain replacement learn about master links. They make clip, rivet and screw types. EK has the screw type masters as an extra that require no chain tool or rivet work. 525 chains usually come with rivet masters. DID will come with a rivet or a clip type can be purchased etc.

Chains need to be the right length, usually you cut down a 120 link chain. So, you need to learn how to shorten chains. Google it. New chain means new sprockets, so you need the tools and know how for removal. Lots of threads around here if you want the how to guides.

Probably better off having a private motorcycle shop handle the work if your not handy with tools. I learned to do my own because I was tired of getting ripped off by motorcycle dealers and I had the tools already. Just don't let dealers over tighten the chain!

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