Things I'd rather do than put on a new master link
Posted September 23, 2001 - 06:20 PM
Here are some things I'd rather do than put a new master link on a chain...
Dig the half circle guide for the cam cover out of the bottom of the engine
Change a tire with only two medium sized screwdrivers
True up both wheels using a pair of needle nose pliers as a spoke wrench
Pull the tires while using a wobbly pile of foot long 2 X 4s as a bike stand
Damn, is there anything harder than putting on a new master link. I was using every tool you could imagine. Even used vise grips and a nut to squeeze it on. I have pulled, greased and put back on linkage in shorter time than it took me to put that thing on today.
Uhh, OK, I feel better.
Posted September 23, 2001 - 07:37 PM
Posted September 23, 2001 - 07:47 PM
Posted September 24, 2001 - 01:00 AM
I put one on friday and it was a pain it the ass. I almost took a sledge hammer to the bike, the truck and anything else in reach.
Posted September 24, 2001 - 04:19 AM
I now see it was the best $22. I ever spent.
Posted September 24, 2001 - 04:22 AM
Posted September 24, 2001 - 04:28 AM
Never had a problem with them.
Darin in Missouri - My Hurricane 1999 WR400F
Enduro Heaven - Ozark Mountain TrailRiders
Posted September 24, 2001 - 05:53 AM
I figured out a neat little trick for installing the master link during my last chain replacement. I've always used a couple of vice grips to pinch the master link so I can get the clip over the pins but it's a real pain, as you all know. This last time, the clip broke while I was installing it [the dang thing shot clear across the garage], so I had to wait 'til the next day to get to the shop and get a new one. I left the vice grips on the chain overnight. The next day, I took off the vice grips and the clip slipped right over the link with no trouble at all! The little o-rings were compressed enough to allow it to go on very easily. From now on, I'm starting the day before and finishing the next day when I'm replacing the chain. I only ride one day a week anyway so it shouldn't be a big deal.
Posted September 24, 2001 - 06:17 AM
1.) Squeeze the master together with a pair of vice grips. Go as hard as you can go. Spray some WD-40 on it if you can't see the guides on the pin for the clip.
2.) Move the vice grip to the bottom of the master.
3.) Place circlip in a position ready to be squeezed on the pins.
4.) Use adjustable wrench to slowly squeeze the clip on the pins.
Good luck, Dougie
Posted September 24, 2001 - 06:48 AM
By the master link tool - money well spent.....
Posted September 25, 2001 - 07:29 AM
I use a small c-clamp & small socket. Use the c-clamp to 'press' the plate on, with the socket between the front side of the chain, slipped over the pin (so it can poke out). Do one it with the socket over one pin, then the other....presto.
The plate stays on since you've squished it in place, clip slides right in.
Posted September 27, 2001 - 12:10 PM