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    Junior Member mrutkaus's Avatar
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    Just some additional info after what I've read here. Hinted at but not explicitly described:



    Master link clip with 4 o rings installed, looked almost impossible to put on. I read stuff here, people mentioned a nut, compressing, putting the clip on quickly etc. I didn't get the whole picture, not doubt my dullness.



    Anyway, after staring/assembling piles of tools, and clamping and drinking a bit I accidently happened upon the fact that if you do use vice grips with a little nut on the flat part where the clip goes (other end of vice grips is on other side of same link), and compress HARD, as someone hinted, the o rings compress/go into the holes/whatever. The result is that the clip goes on smoothly/simply with no compression devices, once the link has been compressed hard.



    I hope i got that across!



    Mike



    O ring does feel different, less sloppy.

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    Yeah I ran into the same thing this summer. On the original chain the master link went together easily, on the O-ring DID type it wouldn't go at all. I actually bought a new link as I thought the one that came in the pack was defective.



    Didn't realize there was such as thing as a clip-type interferance fit, seems to miss the point of having a clip vs a rivet.



    I could not make the vice-grip work (didn't know the nut trick), ended up buying a little chain press.















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    Great information guys. I've never done an O-ring chain, just the old kind like on our stock TWs. My dealer installed my o-ring during the 600 mile service, and I didn't realize they were a press-type fit.
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    Tip: Paint the masterlink side plate a bright color. That way you have a easy to find start and stop point for cleaning and lubing.
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    Question on the mini chain press tool. All the ones I've seen say they fit 520 and 530 chains. I don't see why that would make a difference though, but for those of you who have installed an O-ring chain, does it? I purchased a DID O-ring chain and need to get one of those presses when I go to install it. One other question. Will I need to purchase a chain break tool to remove the old chain?



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    I went rivet type on my DR 200 and I'll never get a clip-type again if I can avoid it. That said, your chain looks good ( a lot better than the stocker!), glad you got it on
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhoenisch View Post
    Question on the mini chain press tool. All the ones I've seen say they fit 520 and 530 chains. I don't see why that would make a difference though, but for those of you who have installed an O-ring chain, does it? I purchased a DID O-ring chain and need to get one of those presses when I go to install it. One other question. Will I need to purchase a chain break tool to remove the old chain?



    Dan


    Mine says 520-530, and it worked fine.



    Not sure on the chain break tool, depends on what sort of chain you have on there now. Mine had a cheap non-o-ring replacement with a clip and pliers took it off easily.

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    I still have the stock chain on my bike.



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    I've used a "C" clamp with a small piece of metal in the middle of the outside dog-bone. You can hear the click when it bottoms out. Took me a while to figure this one out.
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    I've seen one mechanic who drilled out the holes in old side plates, stacked up three or four and tacked them together as a spacer, places these over the new sideplates on both sides of the master link, then gives the mess a squeeze with a BIG pair of BigAzz ChanneLLocks. *snap* *click* Done. He had problems with stubborn sideplates bending when using a chain press. His system spreads the compression loads all across the new side plates--no bending, and he can install a master link clip quicker than anyone else can line up a chain press.




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