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    Senior Member elime's Avatar
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    A long time ago an old timer told me to safety wire the spring clip thing on the master link. I have never done it figuring the clip on a non o-ring chain just passively sits there.



    The other day as I but the o-ring master link together I realized the o-rings are compressed and the spring clip is under pressure holding the side plate in place. The words from the past came echoing back and I took one of those tie wraps wires, like on a loaf of bread, and cut the plastic off and put the wire on the master link. On an o-ring chain there is plenty of room for the wire.



    Is this really needed and does it do any good? I don't know but I figure it can't do any harm. And I will use my non o-ring master link to remove the chain for maintenance (see Hybrid Chain) so I won't have to safety wire the master link again.





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    You must believe in Murphy's Law. Me too. Looks like cheap and easy insurance to me. Good idea!
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    Get a piece of stainless steel wire if you want to do that. That wire you used will rust and disintegrate pretty fast if it's not stainless.

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    Also paint your sideplate a bright color. Makes a great start/stop point for chain lubing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xracer View Post
    Also paint your sideplate a bright color. Makes a great start/stop point for chain lubing.


    I really like that idea! I'll run through the chain 2-3 times looking for the link. Maybe my eyes are bad...
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    Master links come in different colors.



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