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Ok, excuse my ignorance but I have never installed a chain that doesn't come with a master link. I ordered the 520 D.I.D. chain and AFAM 520 sprocket conversionkit from this site. After close inspection, the chain has no master link and doesn't seem to require it, but I have no idea on how to put this thing on, help anyone?
06-20-2003, 09:05 PM
cut the swing arm and reweld it after the chain is on
06-20-2003, 09:21 PM
Did you change your signature just for this post???
Man, talk about tough critics...:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
06-20-2003, 09:33 PM
rustie, I have had that signature for a while no offence to any one, but it does seem to be so every where I go expespecially n the road!
06-20-2003, 09:37 PM
That was a little "tongue-in-cheek" there....;) ;) ;)
Gee thanks y2kmille, I guess there is a reason your not out riding right now, can't wait to see some of your more informative posts. I guess I should rephrase the question. Generally, I have only installed chains that require a master pin on the master link. I have not installed the rivet style before and really do not have a good feel for telling if it is properly installed. If anyone can spare some install tips that would be great.
06-20-2003, 09:50 PM
Now to help wavz,
Ok, that shouldn't be endless, but may actually have a "master link". It will not have the normal spring clip you are probably looking for. Try looking for one link on either side that has a different pair of pin ends (they are usually slightly cupped on the end).
Once found, you should be able to use a set of needle nose (or duckbill) pliers to carefully remove the fairly tight outer link. Try not to scratch it up since it will rust wherever you remove the plating (or black oxide). Once removed, you will obviously find the chain easy to install, but will require a chain tool crimper to "swedge" the ends of those two pins to contain the outer link (the ends are spread open).
If it's an O-ring chain, it will come with a small packet of two additional rings, some grease, and maybe even an extra outer link plate. When you squeeze this link plate back on, once again, try not to scratch it, but do get it "moderately" tight (but don't squeeze out the rings). Swedge the pins, and VIOLA.....;) ;) ;) ......you are done!
06-20-2003, 09:54 PM
<blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>it does seem to be so every where I go especially on the road[/quote]
MAN.....don't I EVER know exactly what you mean.......hope I never find that crazy "Bumping BASTID" again!!!
Thanks a bunch for the help rustie6. I am trying to install the chain and have made it to the point of attaching the master link, it's the chain tool crimper that I am missing. Is there an alternate way to do this without the chain tool? All shops are closed at the moment, didn't want to have to wait until tomorrow, but if I must....
06-21-2003, 12:15 AM
......didn't mean to make you look bad......just that your old sig line was too perfect for this new situation....:eek: :eek: :eek:
06-21-2003, 08:39 AM
just tying to have a little fun and give you alla laugh. I hope no one is stupid enough to cut there swing arm because of this post. If so, my deepest appologies
ed apriliaforum com
06-21-2003, 09:41 AM
it comes with a rivet link.....DO NOT USE A CLIP-TYPE MASTERLINK on your big twin.....way too dangerous
You will need a rivet tool to complete the chain.
06-21-2003, 10:02 AM
For rivot type connector you must use a specialty tool to do this. Lots of them out there but one I like though it is way overpriced is the jumbo chain version from motionpro.com # 08-0135 at about $140 It comes with everything you need to bust and rivot. Its heavy duty enough that you can actually bust chains holding it in your hand. Alternative is to take the bike to a local dealer and have them rivot it for you. I'm not a fan of master link type either but in a pinch it works. I use silicone as an added security or at least piece of mind.
00 Aprilia Mille "R" - Stage 1
06-21-2003, 12:22 PM
I have seen a spring clip link used on a big bike. The spring clip was discarded and stainless steel safety wire was wound around the two pins, inside the groove and in a figure of 8. After this the whole lot was cover with epoxy.
I think I prefer a chain riveting tool myself.
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