Chain problems please help: ? about master link

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Chain problems please help: ? about master link

#1 Unread post by jk333 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:50 pm

ok, i bought a chain for my bike and it came with that pres on master link. Im trying to find the clip on style master link instead, because money is really tight and my bike is my only transportation right now. my chain is a DID 50VA o ring chain. the number o nit is DID 530V-120L. can somebody please tell me if they make a clip style ML? Thanks
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#2 Unread post by JC Viper » Tue Jul 08, 2008 1:36 am

You should ask your local motorcycle shop about it. I bought an X-ring chain a while back and they said I had a choice of clipping it or using a rivet. Of course using a clip isn't as strong but a bit economical.
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#3 Unread post by ofblong » Tue Jul 08, 2008 4:00 am

Just remember to place the rounded end of the clip in the direction of travel on the chain. That will keep it from popping off. If you were close to me I would just let you borrow my riveting tool...
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#4 Unread post by gsJack » Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:04 am

You can buy seperate master links of either the rivet type or the clip type from the chain suppliers, they cost around $5-7. I've always used the clip type and the DID 520V chain I buy comes with the clip type.

The 530 chains I bought years ago for my CB750K came with a clip type master link that had a slip fit of the side plate but they probably come with the rivet type now like you got. The 520V chains I get now have a heavy press fit on the master link side plate which is probably as tight as the rivet type master link press fits, just retained with a clip rather than peening over the pins. See bar graph for difference:

http://www.didchain.com/install.htm

I just took a quick look at my Chaparral catalog and they don't show a clip type master link any more for the DID 530V 0-ring chains, only have the rivet types. Still have the clip type for the 530 standard chains. Hope you can find a clip type for your chain, you may have to rivet it.

Years ago my son got a replacement 630 chain for his GS1100E that came with a rivet type master link and we managed to rivet it without special chain tools. I held a sledge hammer behind the chain to back it up while he peened over the pins with another smaller hammer. Maybe we were just lucky it never failed. :lol:
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#5 Unread post by Sev » Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:38 am

Just set the rivet link against the sprocket. Have a friend hold a piece of metal against the back of the link then set a center punch inside the rivets and give it a couple of careful smacks. Repeat until they are peened over correctly.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#6 Unread post by Skier » Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:58 am

If you're within 400 miles of me I can bring my chain tool over this weekend.
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#7 Unread post by ofblong » Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:14 am

Skier wrote:If you're within 400 miles of me I can bring my chain tool over this weekend.
lol your not wanting to take a "trip" or anything are you lol.
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#8 Unread post by Skier » Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:28 am

Haha, what makes you think that? 8)
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