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post #1 of 7 Old 08-28-2014, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Overcompressed Chain Master Link

I swapped out my first chain the other day, but I overcompressed the side plate by .010". I did buy an extra master link with the new chain.

Anybody want to venture a guess how long the x-rings will last? I'm keeping an eye on it for now until I can get time to change it. It is not sticky.

If anyone's interested, I could just leave it on until it starts to fail, but I don't want the damage the sleeves on the mating link.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-28-2014, 07:56 PM
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I would change it at the first opportunity. In fact, I would have changed it when I discovered the mistake...which all of us have done at one time or another.

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I'd change it now

Mine lasted 8 miles from the shop to my house where I noticed the o-ring hanging out.

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post #5 of 7 Old 08-30-2014, 03:42 PM
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For that tiny a tolerance?! Wow.

I have a clip link on mine, but never measured it. I'm guessing that if the clip's sitting in the groove right it's good to go.

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Pretty sure all master "clip" links nowadays have an indent so you can't put it on too tight without really wrenching on it. You can see it before install...:beatnik:

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That's exactly the case, I used a chain tool to compress the side plate and hammered the link on, it all looks fine, though I do plan to take it into a shop to get the rivet master link on, it's a Regina which can't be riveted using conventional chain tools.

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