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    Lost chain link!

    Hey Everybody,

    Today while cleaning my chain I lost the master link (still have the retaining clip)! Any advice on where I can find another that will match my stock chain? (2013 model)?

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    Depends on how big a hurry you are in....Pro Cycle on line and others have them ....
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    Your dealer should stock them...if not, check another dealer. If still no luck, check an indy dirt bike shop.
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    If they have them - or even know what you are talking about - get a "link and a half" as well. These can be very useful.
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    Old timer a long time ago told me to do this so when ever I rode my bike I would always have an extra master link with me.

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    Cool idea!
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    In 99% of my dirt riding experience, the bikes did not have keys...or e-start!
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    Any 428 master link will fit the stock roller chain on a TW. Any MC dealer in your area should have what you need.

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    I have two questions on master links. I had to use the master link tool to depress the new master link so I could get the clip on. Then when I went to remove my chain for cleaning I destroyed the two rubber O rings on the clip side. I reinstalled it without the O rings. Do you think there's a problem with this? Second question can I use a rat tail file to expand the diameter of the hole so it's easy to install the master link?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryL View Post
    Any 428 master link will fit the stock roller chain on a TW. Any MC dealer in your area should have what you need.

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    Yep....

    Also a good hardware store( read locally owned not a chain like Lowes or HD) may have them in the isle with the nuts and bolts assortment. I know my local one does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopPredator View Post
    I have two questions on master links. I had to use the master link tool to depress the new master link so I could get the clip on. Then when I went to remove my chain for cleaning I destroyed the two rubber O rings on the clip side. I reinstalled it without the O rings. Do you think there's a problem with this? Second question can I use a rat tail file to expand the diameter of the hole so it's easy to install the master link?
    I would answer no to both questions. Not having the o ring will cause some slop in the master link and it will also let dirt in causing premature wear effectively negating the reason for an o-ring chain in the first place. I also would not file the hole, the link is designed to fit tight, you dont want any movement there, that pressed fit is part of what holds it together, the clip is only there to keep it from wiggling off.

    Not sure why your o-rings failed. I have been installing them with both an commercially bought tool and small c-clamps for a very long time and i have never seen a ring fail from anything other then old age. Did you put grease on them when you originally put them on?
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