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I have a question about my master link. I was told to use an awl to "flare"
the ends of the pins, once i put it back together.
It just doesn't seem like this would be a very secure way to keep a master link on.
Is there another way (better) to do this?
Next question. What have you used to shorten (get rid of uneeded) links on a new chain,
and how did you do it? Dremel, peanut grinder?



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This is the kind of master link i'm talking about.

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You wanna mushroom the ends. There is a tool that does this really well for about 30 bucks. One of the bike magazines had a little story on it, it's at work though so i can't tell you which one right off hand.
 

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You need a chain press.
it will come with different attachments to press different size chains so you dont press the side plate too far and squish the "O" rings. Along with an attachment for mushrooming the end of the rivet link. I expand mine .015 to .018 inches.
For the excess links I use a stone grinding wheel on a drill then a chain break to pull it apart.
For the master link I've found it best to wipe off all the packing grease and use CV joint grease for the assembly.

 

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Thanks Serp!!!(again)
A friend happened to have the chain tools that i needed and helped me out.
Man it sure is nice when you have the right tool for the job! /images/icons/smile.gif

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