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Old 10-11-2008, 04:09 PM   #1
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Question Clip type master link help...

Ok, so I decided to replace my chain and rear sprocket today(I'm a newb to this) so I went down to Cycle Shack and got a master link (I already had the chain and sprocket). I didn't even pay attention to wether it was a rivet or clip style, but had to live with it either way cuz it was the only style they had. Anyway, I get the new chain on and put the master link in and to my surprise it's a clip style link. I have it in the chain, but I cannot seem to get that last clip to go on the master link. What am I missing to get it on? Is there an easier way than just trying to slide it on? Is there some type of tool that I am missing? Help!
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Old 10-11-2008, 05:10 PM   #2
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there is a tool that makes it easier. You need to press the master together so that you will have room for the clip. Usually the orings hold the master apart and you cant get the clip on. If you have a c-clamp you can get two allen wrenches like 4-5mm and put one on each side of the master and smash it together that way. You need the allens so that you press the plates together, otherwise you just pressing on the pins and that wont help you.

Doing what I said will work, but will require use of your third and fourth hand, possibly a tail for balance or just stick your tounge out the right way.

They make some very handy master clip pliers but cost about 30.

I recommend spending the money and buy the tools you need to make it easy on you, 60-75 should buy what you need and you will have them for next time.
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Old 10-11-2008, 05:20 PM   #3
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Do we still recommend the clip type?

I haven't experienced horror from them but I've heard second hand stories.
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failers come from incorrect instalation, poor maintenace or abuse.

I have never used anything else and never have had a problem or hint of a problem.
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:37 AM   #5
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I use one on my race bike (but prefer the rivit style), but I also safety wire it after installation.

Maskale got it right, using the Motion Pro (or similar) tool is the best way to get it on, but in a pinch, you can do it with some basic tools just fine.

I would use some narrow vice grips (like the needle nose vice grips if you got one) and compress the inner and outer links together; be careful not to over compress it though! Then, I have used regular needle nose pliers to clip the clip on to the posts. I put one part of the needle nose on the post and the other on the bottom of the "U" of the clip to push it in to the valley.

Hint: Make sure you put the bottom of the "U" shape of the clip facing in the direction of travel for the chain.
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