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    Chain Replacement and Required Tools

    Good Morning,

    For my first mod, I've decided that the stock chain has got to go (junk). Currently, I have about 400 miles total on the bike (~80% off-road), and I don't want to keep adjusting it anymore.

    Here is the chain I am looking at https://fortnine.ca/en/did-428-vx-pr...t-x-ring-chain

    - I want the 130 link gold chain (So I would have to remove 8 links with stock TW sprockets, correct?)

    Also, I need to purchase a chain breaker and whatever else would be required to complete this job. I don't need a professional quality one ( I don't plan on changing my chains that often) and I don't want a piece of garbage either.

    Here is what is available https://fortnine.ca/en/catalogsearch...=chain+breaker

    Oh, I guess master link pliers as well? Any help would be appreciated!

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    Step by step instructions with along with tools needed and tips:
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    I have a Harbor Freight cheapo chain breaker and it serves me well. I also have a pair of the master link pliers , they are nice, but you can get by w/o them just fine.

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    oh yeah, I was going to add ........ I will be swapping out my chain and sprockets in the near future. There is post about laying your bike on it's side while doing this ... I think I am going to that route. It makes better sense to me as the dowel pins in the case won't fall out and, perhaps, in a better way I can eyeball and verify the stator wires aren't being crushed on re-assembly. Sane way of thinking if I elect to swap out any shaft seals or bearings while I am in there. I would rather drive them vertically rather than horizontally.

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    +1 on my new ~$16 Harbor Freight chain breaker although a simple bench grinder and a center punch has worked well for me for previous 40 years. Grind down rivet head and use punch to drive out rivet's pin if you already have a grinder and don't want to go shopping. Harbor Freight tool works very well on our 428 chain.
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    Imagine custom dedicated purpose pliers would be nice but simple slip-lock pliers have always done the job for me. A time or two and one quickly figures out how not to damage circlip nor fingers. Channel lock and vise grip pliers also work very well.pliers.jpeg
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    If you want a smaller, lighter, works-just-as-good chain breaker, consider a "beaver tooth" model.
    I've been using mine since the 70's and it's still in great shape.
    Disclaimer: But I don't use a chain breaker very often!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fred View Post
    +1 on my new ~$16 harbor freight chain breaker although a simple bench grinder and a center punch has worked well for me for previous 40 years. Grind down rivet head and use punch to drive out rivet's pin if you already have a grinder and don't want to go shopping. Harbor freight tool works very well on our 428 chain.
    ditto!
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    I have had great luck with DID VX chains on Ebay. The trick to installing the master link is to get the plate compressed enough so the clip slides into the grooves easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garyl View Post
    i have had great luck with did vx chains on ebay. The trick to installing the master link is to get the plate compressed enough so the clip slides into the grooves easily.

    Garyl
    ^^^this

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