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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-09-2012, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Chain replaced not happy with master link install

install new chain not comfortable with master link install one of the links rivets diddnt seem to be flush like the other one . Is it possible to replace the link , chain is new RECOMENDATIONS I HOPE I DONT HAVE TO GET A NEW CHAIN
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Master links are about $6.00. You can order a new one for your chain and reinstall.

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


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Post up a pic of the link. It may just need mushroomed out a little more.

Sev is right, a replacement master link is cheap. You can call around to your local motorcycle dealerships and ask if they have a link available. They typically carry 520 pitch silver and gold links for $6-$8 from what I've seen. Which chain are you running? 525 (stock size) or 520?

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Ya if you arent comfy with the looks of it then replace that sucker. I had a rivet style ML that I thought was ok.......it broke at the drag strip. I have a vid and got lucky that the chain flew out to the side. This was the second rivet style I did and it didnt look as mushroomed out as my first one. Now I have a normal master link
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Ya if you arent comfy with the looks of it then replace that sucker. I had a rivet style ML that I thought was ok.......it broke at the drag strip. I have a vid and got lucky that the chain flew out to the side. This was the second rivet style I did and it didnt look as mushroomed out as my first one. Now I have a normal master link
I thought the normal masterlink is a rivet style :s

Never heard of a rivet failing like that before, only clip fastener MLs


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running 525 stock chain got rivet replaced looks good now also , I have noticed since I replaced the chain and sprockets i can hear a whirling noise from that area . I adjusted with about 1 1/2 inch of play in chain and it seems to be aligned correctly. Could I have some other issue or does new chain have that sound like a whine sound ? does any body have a manual for a 2000 zx6r that can show tourqe specs for frt and rear sprocket , rear axle nut ? A couple of guys recomeded like 94 ft pds on
frt sprocket , rear axle nut and 27 ft pds on rear sprocket is this corrtect ? or could I just be to tight in the chain ?

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I order my master links off e-bay, buy a few in bulk cause the shops around here don't carry EK master links

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I thought the normal masterlink is a rivet style :s

Never heard of a rivet failing like that before, only clip fastener MLs
every chain or ML I had ever bought were clip style so I considered it the "normal" kind I guess. Like I said the first rivet one I did on my bike was good. Then I bought new chain/sprockets and did another rivet. Im sure I didnt seat it good enough or whatever u want to call it but I broke it. More operator error than anything im sure.

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No, normal or stock chains come with rivet master links.

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Post up a pic of the link. It may just need mushroomed out a little more.

Sev is right, a replacement master link is cheap. You can call around to your local motorcycle dealerships and ask if they have a link available. They typically carry 520 pitch silver and gold links for $6-$8 Car accessories what I've seen. Which chain are you running? 525 (stock size) or 520?
Masterlinks are like $50 right?
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