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    What can I use to press the ends on a press style master link. Any ideas I want to install my new 520 kit in the morning. Thanks
    Last edited by mudduck9; 10-12-2010, 09:50 PM.

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    Re: press style master link tool?

    The only right way to do it is to use proper tool...U probably don't have tonight.
    That is one of those things that should be done right the first time.
    RK has a nice tool U can get from sprocketcenter or any other place on web

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    • #3
      Re: press style master link tool?

      That is what I thought. I'm going to the local bike shop to see if I can barrow one. I may end up getting a clip style master till I get a tool. Thanks

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mudduck9 View Post
        clip style

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        • #5
          Re: press style master link tool?

          Dont do it man!!!!

          I had one let go on my old GSXR, just after I had passed a line of cars.
          I thought my gearbox had gone....but the chain had just shot out behind the bike.

          I was lucky, you might not be.

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          • #6
            Re: press style master link tool?

            I have a soft link on mine, Its been on there since I bought the bike. But about 4 months ago, while sparky attempted to fit a larger sprocket on the rear wheel. We noticed the link had come off, on one of my last commuter rides.
            We replaced the link.
            And its still, on my list of jobs to do....

            New wheels coming so it will be the excuse I need to change the chain.
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            • #7
              Re: press style master link tool?

              you could use a large pair of vise grips and a small ball bearing.

              seat the side plate on the link to the right depth and adjust the vise grips to the right width . place a 1/8 ball in the cup on the end of the chain rivet and squeeze the grips . tighten the gripa a couple of times to spread the pin.

              do both .

              now get a 1/4 ball and repeat the exercise to flatten the end some more.
              www.cycleinnovations.com.au

              It never ceases to amaze why people ask for advice then when I give it they either ignore it or argue against it.
              But then I don't know all that much about TL's

              wwjd.......what would jimmy do.

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              • #8
                Re: press style master link tool?

                Your local bike shop/dealership should sell them. I bought The promotion all in one kit, and haven't looked back. It is awesome and worth the money. It's a breaker, press, and rivet kit.
                Mike Rock
                NESBA #506 '98 TLR
                American cycle performance MRP motorsports

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                • #9
                  Re: press style master link tool?

                  If you buy one, I recommend the RK tool, priced around $100.00 but worth every penny. Once you have one, you can do other folks chains and your own. Every time you do a chain you save $80.00 or so, pays for itself quickly.
                  Be Good, Wear Gear, Do Wheelies,

                  Doug "OldTLSDoug" Basinger
                  2006 Suzuki GSXR750
                  2007 Aprilia SXV 550
                  G-Town Squid Squad
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                  • #10
                    Re: press style master link tool?

                    Last time I used a grinder to get the links off, and a hammer and a drift (?) to make sure the rivet would never move of itself.. You use what you have at hand..

                    That's not the way to go, so next time I need to change the chain I intend get the right tool. But I'm sometimes confused with the different manufacturers - they seem to hint that you need their tool for their chain. But that isn't the case, right?
                    /K0m4



                    so far:
                    Bitubo rear shock! Racetech fork internals, M4 full system, Matt's TRE, Rizoma grips, FP Racing folding levers, IPP cf screen, Van's ccc, plate, front & rear brake reservoir, & sprocket cover, Buell-busa peg mod (oooh my legs).

                    Soon to be:
                    IP Performance CF hugger, gap. Maybe a clear headlight with angel eyes?

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                    • #11
                      Like Doug said - get the RK, I've had mine years it will break chains from #35 to #630.

                      Different manufacturers will tell you different things, but they all want you to be loyal to their brand.

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                      • #12
                        Re: press style master link tool?

                        Another RK user here. I love mine and have done dozens of chains with it. I always grind down the pins before using the tool to break the chain.
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                        • #13
                          Re: press style master link tool?

                          Mine is not RK but looks identical to the picture. I think mine is from MotionPro, as is my chain breaker.
                          It's about control skill; this is a motorized dance for joy and not Russian roulette.

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                          • #14
                            Re: press style master link tool?

                            Originally posted by cyclecamper View Post
                            Mine is not RK but looks identical to the picture. I think mine is from MotionPro, as is my chain breaker.
                            The motion pro looks so close to the rk, they probably make it for rk.
                            Mike Rock
                            NESBA #506 '98 TLR
                            American cycle performance MRP motorsports

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                            • #15
                              Re: press style master link tool?

                              Darn it, this Krause chain is incredibly heavy-duty (and heavy). Sideplates are really thick, pins are really hard. I broke the motion-pro tool trying to spread the rivets a bit, and the ricets still don't look peened at all. It went together so tight it would probably never come apart even without peening. I'm afraid you could never rivet these with a ball bearing and vise-grips, they're just way too hard. I should put a large hard steel block behind the master and use a hard sharp large center-punch.
                              It's about control skill; this is a motorized dance for joy and not Russian roulette.

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