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Island Boy

DID X Ring Installation

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I installed a DID X Ring chain last night. I used a tusk press tool, lubed the master link, ran the bike and and everything seems fine.

The only problem is: after installation I noticed that the master link seems stiffer than the other links. Did i press the link too much? Will the stiffness work itself out? If this has happened to anyone please let me know the end result... I am stressing out over this. Thanks.

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Sitting beside the left side of the bike, looking at the chain, the master link should have been installed from the backside of the chain.

If you whack the 2 posts of the master link on the front side simultaneously (might want to hold a stepped block on the backside) using the BFH, you will hammer the master back out (apart) from the plate until the retaining clip sits tight against the outer plate - right now, there's a minute space (not visible unless you have a microscope).

Many people will just whack it while it's sitting on the rear sprocket to provide the rigidity, I don't agree with that though so I recommend a block.

By stepped block, I mean a piece of wood that will "skip" putting pressure back of the master only - you can just slice out a small section of wood the width of the master link with an exacto knife.

Or you can just ride the bike and after a few hours it'll probably seat itself to where it wants to be.

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