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post #1 of 11 Old 08-27-2009, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Question Chain rivet - did I do it right?

I'm installing new chain and not sure I rivetted it sufficiently. I'm using mikesxs tool. I now see traces of riveter on connecting plate, so I guess this is about as far as I can go...
I'll try to post few photos - does it look right to you?
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I usually have trouble making the link too tight and having to back off (which isn't easy).

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It looks perfect.

tmcgee is correct. Most of us who have done our own, FIRST chain, usually will "crush" the link. I did that and my first chain lasted about 3,000 miles. I have gotten pretty good at it now. I think I just installed my forth or fifth set of sprockets and new chain.

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post #6 of 11 Old 08-28-2009, 10:52 PM
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Looks good to me.

From MotionPro's website:
"The amount of flare of a rivet–type master link varies among chain manufacturers. Some specify as little as 0.006” and generally no more than 0.028”. This is a very small amount of flare."

This picture (below) is also from their website. I generally use a micrometer to measure the diameter of the "flare" so that I can obtain what the chain manufacturer recommends and to be sure I don't over compress the pin.

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Looks like the one I did 20K ago.

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Actually looks like you may have gone a touch too far. If the link isn't tight though you're fine.

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post #9 of 11 Old 08-31-2009, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy

The chain did not fall apart after my 400+ test ride.
But I checked the link again - and it's not as smooth as other links, there's some initial stickiness when I try to twist the chain at master link. It's not very stiff, but it's definitely present.

What's the best course of action? Replace master link with a new one?
(I also replaced both sprockets; would not want tight link to damage them.)
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Looks good to me. Not too tight. Did you lubricate the pins and bushings of the link before installation?

EK chains come a rivet type master link with spacers to eliminate over riveting and crushing the X-Ring..

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