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post #1 of 8 Old 08-06-2016, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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I may be a little slow. I've read several people say that the 14 DL1000 112 links. I counted my links twice. Come up with a 116. Maybe I can't count. I just purchased a 118 link EK chain to replace the stock one. Want to make sure before I cut extra links off.


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post #2 of 8 Old 08-06-2016, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Just counted for the third time. Definitely 116 links.


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Put it on before cutting links if you are concerned...easy enough to see how many to cut...

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post #5 of 8 Old 08-09-2016, 09:29 AM
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My mechanic friend just lays out the old and new along side one another. Counting links can result in a interesting amount of variations.
Measure with a micrometer, mark it with chalk and cut it with a fire axe.

Oh, I won a nice motion pro chain breaker/pin insertion tool at a local shop open house. I gave it to my friend to keep. It's better than the Harbor Freight tool he's been using.
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Yeah, but I like to break old chain, attach master link to new chain, and feed it through. Pull new chain around sprockets with old chain.


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post #7 of 8 Old 08-09-2016, 04:25 PM
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Hi Everyone, High Quality Chain today is sealed and packed in 120 link lengths so that you can size it to work with any gearing size you choose. If you have access to a dremel style grinder or an air grinder you will want to use it to break the old chain and to size the new chain.

There is also a great Diagram - Illustration description on the back of most all high quality chain boxes depicting how to loop and size the new chain once you have both sprockets mounted and rear wheel bolted into place.

I always mount my rear wheel at the center hatch mark on the swing arm so that the wheel can go as far forward, as back.

This is so that if I ever decide to swap gearing I can still use the same chain.

You will definitely want to save all extra links on your chain in case you ever have any future need for an emergency repair. This is where ordering one extra master link will come in very handy,

Set the slack on your chain at 1.5 inches minimum with a target of 1.75 inches at the middle of the lower run of chain between your two sprockets with your bike upright and no rider on it.

Enjoy the ride, and best regards,
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Like valves, setting the chain on the loose side will give a longer interval between adjustments.
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