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so, in my haste, i cut off the old chain before removing the countersprocket. since everything i've read requires you to hold it from moving using the rear brake a piece of wood between the spokes of the rear wheel, any ideas?
 

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Put the new chain on and just slide the master link in but don't put on the end plate and/or rivet it back together. Loosen the sprocket nut the same as if the old chain was on then slide the master link out and take the chain off. How about that?
 

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Put the new chain on. Then remove the sprocket.
 

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Two solutions in 5 minutes. Did he get good service.
 

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thanks. i was hoping not to have to deal with putting chain on and taking off. i'm lazy.
 

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I imagine you could wrap some rope around the sprocket and attach it to the bike someplace. If you do it right it should provide enough stopping power with the bike in gear to get the bolt off, or how about a piece of wood jammed between the sprocket tooth and the frame? That may work too.

A good excuse to have to buy yourself a new air compressor and impact wrench too.. "sorry honey, it was the ONLY way". ;)

I like the chain idea though. You have to do that part anyways, so why not get it done first.
 

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messed up thing is my buddy that lives about 100 yards away has the compressor and the impact gun. sucks he is away for the weekend and i'm itching to get Bluela back together this weekend.

thanks all:thumbup:

p.s. yeah this place is pretty damn good
 

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ok, all done...almost. sprockets are on, side plate is pressed. can't get the rivet spread to save my nuts!:headbang:

i bought the motion pro PBR tool and cant get it to work on spreading the rivets. it's a 530 chain so it's big but i'll be damned.

any advice?
 

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The Motion Pro tool is much better than the Harbor freight tool. The rivet spreader part of the tool is a die that insures proper spreading. Did you use two wrenches with it, one to hold the body of the tool and one to turn the screw? It takes very little growth on the end of the rivet to insure the side plate won't move.
 

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the pbr tool comes with a handle that screws in to hold on to it while cranking the press part.

i used an open end wrench then i tried a ratchet for more torque. i don't see any spreading at all. i may give it another try tomorrow.
 

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my wife lives in nicaragua and never bugs about my toys, aside from the fact that she's not keen on me riding bikes since my accident in 2012... she had no trouble when i dropped nearly $1000 on a sweet yamaha generator we use at the beach, lake, etc.
 

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so i gave it another go and still don't know if the rivets are spread properly. forgive me since this is my first go at a chain swap.

tell me what y'all think




 

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They look good. Just make sure the diameter is greater than it was in the beginning.
 

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They look good. Just make sure the diameter is greater than it was in the beginning.
thanks pat. now i have to buy a micrometer. :thumbup:
 

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thanks pat. now i have to buy a micrometer. :thumbup:
If you only have one fine measuring tool, a dial/vernier caliper will be handier, though not quite as accurate.
 

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the pbr tool comes with a handle that screws in to hold on to it while cranking the press part.

i used an open end wrench then i tried a ratchet for more torque. i don't see any spreading at all. i may give it another try tomorrow.
Get a vernier digital caliper to measure the riveted end and side plate distance, makes life easier
 

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so, a quick trip to lowes and several dollars later, i brought home a fancy digital caliper. as it turns out, my first go round looked so smooth and clean because the rivets were barely spread--.3mms.

broke out the PBR tool and cranked 'em down again. now i've got a nice 1.1 mm spread on each.

thanks for the help and advice!
 
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