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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Chain length

Hello ladies and gentlemen. I just purchased a new chain and sprocket set, and was just curious as to if there is a website r something along those lines that will tell me what length to cut m chain, I have a 2004 636 and my setup is 15/45. I've been looking for about a half an hour, and cannot find any definitive answer. Thanks.
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Match it up to the old chain.

Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.


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Old setup is 14/41, so it'll be a different length, f I'm not mistaken.
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You cut the new chain to length on the bike after you install the new sprockets. get the axle into the middle of the adjustment range and wrap the chain around the sprockets. Mark the link you need to cut.

Make sure you cut the proper link and not an inner link out so you can actually install the masterlink.

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You cut the new chain to length on the bike after you install the new sprockets. get the axle into the middle of the adjustment range and wrap the chain around the sprockets. Mark the link you need to cut.

Make sure you cut the proper link and not an inner link out so you can actually install the masterlink.
Thanks. That's as better idea than just guessing a number, but that I think about it.

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www.gearingcommander.com will give you a pretty good idea as well, but, as mentioned above, always measure by putting it on the new sprockets and marking it.

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just a question about chains i want to throw out there.
I know with bicycles since I worked at a bike shop durring high school the usual place for a chain to break was at the master link. They usually have problems, the snap pin falls off or it just breaks all together. We usually eliminated it and used a chain tool to make a solid chain. why not do this with motorcycles? or is it done and I just havnt seen it?

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just a question about chains i want to throw out there.
I know with bicycles since I worked at a bike shop durring high school the usual place for a chain to break was at the master link. They usually have problems, the snap pin falls off or it just breaks all together. We usually eliminated it and used a chain tool to make a solid chain. why not do this with motorcycles? or is it done and I just havnt seen it?
If I'm not mistaken, that would be exactly what a rivet master link is.

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just a question about chains i want to throw out there.
I know with bicycles since I worked at a bike shop durring high school the usual place for a chain to break was at the master link. They usually have problems, the snap pin falls off or it just breaks all together. We usually eliminated it and used a chain tool to make a solid chain. why not do this with motorcycles? or is it done and I just havnt seen it?
A brand new chain doesn't have a masterlink until you install it.

There are two types of masterlink, rivet and clip. Clip masterlinks suck. Rivet masterlinks are preferred. You use a rivet chain press to create an endless chain.

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There are three types of master links:

Rivet (best)
Clip (easy to install)
Screw On (I have never used them)







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