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post #1 of 20 Old 05-12-2014, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Verify Correct Chain Rivet Master Link Install

Dear strommers,

Can you all give a look with your wise eyes and tell me if this chain looks properly riveted. I followed all instructions from this site for my chain and sprocket install including modified torque settings recommended by greywolf and others which was much appreciated. However, this was my first rivet type master link and I want to be certain that it is good to go. I've only use clip style previously.

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looks good to me
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looks good to me
I've done one chain before (and I am due again) and it was nerve wracking. How the heck do you know if it's staked well enough? Too tight is bad. Too loose is really bad. I bought a micrometer so I can tell if I've expanded it the right amount, but is that too obsessive?

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The tool I bought has a sort of built In stop on the riveting pin so I felt pretty good about it. However it is nice to get a second opinion. Thanks.

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I was nervous about pinching the link too tight, so I measured the factory link with calipers compared to the my installed link... spot on the first attempt. I measured again after a couple tanks of fuel, it hadn't moved. I'm happy now.

Being slightly obsessive, I use it as a reference when lubing the chain. Start applying at master link and stop when it comes by again. It ensures all the chain is lubed and gives me a visual check of the link every couple tanks of fuel.

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Looks perfect.

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Looks good from that angle. Three possible errors--
--Squeeze the side plate on too much and over-squeeze the o-rings
--Don't expand the rivet head enough
--Expand the rivet head too much. (your rivet heads look good)


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I measured the master link plates for tighteness by rotating the chain tool press plates over the neighboring links and it just brushed them so the tightness should be fine as it matches the other links. No kinking or anything so I feel that part is good. But like the other strommer said it was a bit nerve wracking!

For the record I used the Cycle Gear Stockton Tool Company chain tool and it worked well. They had it on sale for $29 bucks and the new instructions (old instructions were garbage and had many complaints) are very nice with color illustrations and all which made the process a bit easier.

I re-vived another thread about the chain adjusting process. It's not very intuitive so I hope I got it right. I'm too used to working on dirtbikes I guess with the easy chain and sprocket swaps.

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I was nervous about pinching the link too tight, so I measured the factory link with calipers compared to the my installed link... spot on the first attempt. I measured again after a couple tanks of fuel, it hadn't moved. I'm happy now.

Being slightly obsessive, I use it as a reference when lubing the chain. Start applying at master link and stop when it comes by again. It ensures all the chain is lubed and gives me a visual check of the link every couple tanks of fuel.

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I paint the master link red so I can spot it easier using it as a reference point when cleaning and lubing.
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Looks good from that angle. Three possible errors--
--Squeeze the side plate on too much and over-squeeze the o-rings
--Don't expand the rivet head enough
--Expand the rivet head too much. (your rivet heads look good)

I did 1 and 3 with my first rivet link in the late 90's. Easy enough to correct step 1 before step 3, but mashing that one up...time to get another master link and start over!

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