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Old 02-23-2015, 11:03 AM   #1
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Safety wire chain master link?

I'm working with a clip-type master link on a 420 chain. Would you guys recommend safety-wiring the master link? Any tips on how to do it?
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Thanks! I was just wondering about the same thing on my CRF230F tard.
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Perfect! Thanks. I've never messed with safety wire before (and this is one of only 3 bikes I've ever owned with a chain, others were rivet-type master link) so about to pick up the Bike Master wire pliers and wire set.
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Most c clip master link failures I've seen were due to the outer plate not pressed in far enough for the clip to slide in smoothly.
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I always cleaned the outer side of the link with brake cleaner and dabbed silicone on it to cover it .
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Most c clip master link failures I've seen were due to the outer plate not pressed in far enough for the clip to slide in smoothly.
or they install it backwards,or the f'n chain is just slap assed wore out.

Install it correctly ( closed end towards the front sprocket when chain is on the top).....Inspect and maintain a chain properly and you will never lose one.


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you can always just try and locate a river master link somewhere for a few bucks. Although I've never had to look for one in that size.
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I have mine safety wired just like the diagram above. While I do take good care of my chains and clean and lube them often, I like the added bonus of the safety wire being there to hold the clip in place. Peace of mind is worth the 30 seconds that it took me to put it in place.
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or they install it backwards,or the f'n chain is just slap assed wore out.

Install it correctly ( closed end towards the front sprocket when chain is on the top).....Inspect and maintain a chain properly and you will never lose one.


P.S. Jae, if you need to borrow a rivet tool, I have one for ya
Appreciate the offer, but I do have a Chain Riveting/Breaking tool that I bought specifically for changing the chain on the Sprint. I didn't know how much the safety wire would matter with the 420 chain on this mini bike, but figured I'd check if it was possible. Couldn't hurt to have a safety wire setup around anyway though.
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Appreciate the offer, but I do have a Chain Riveting/Breaking tool that I bought specifically for changing the chain on the Sprint. I didn't know how much the safety wire would matter with the 420 chain on this mini bike, but figured I'd check if it was possible. Couldn't hurt to have a safety wire setup around anyway though.
It *could* hurt if you it up.

Make sure it does not rub, or come unwound.
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It *could* hurt if you it up.

Make sure it does not rub, or come unwound.
I meant to have the pliers and such on-hand. That's why I was asking about whether or not it was possible to use it on a chain though. Without the bike in front of me I was trying to figure out if there was going to be clearance there to run wire.
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I put a dab of silicone over the top of the clip as well. I've had them pop off in an endurance race even being safety wired. Luckily, the plate stayed on anyway throughout the race. I generally run the rivet type when available.
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