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Old 11-18-2012, 11:08 AM   #1
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A Little Chain Advice, Please

Both ends of my master link have given up the ghost; I don't really know why, I was pretty careful putting it together.

Anyway, the rest of the chain is fine and the sprockets have a good bit of life left in them (see photo). I have a new chain and sprocket set on the shelf but it seems wasteful to get rid of what I have just yet.

Is it unheard of to replace the master link with two others? Looks like I would need to take out a link on either side to get rid of any potentially worn components.

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Old 11-18-2012, 11:20 AM   #2
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You might want to measure the stretch to be certain you're still within specs. If not, simple decision.
I added two master links to my Yamaha 250 two smoke back in the day but that engine wasn't exactly a torque monster.
I'd install the new chain and sprocket and store the old chain and sprocket telling myself it could come in handy some day and after I moved it around half a dozen times, toss it out.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:37 AM   #3
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Both ends of my master link have given up the ghost; I don't really know why, I was pretty careful putting it together.

Anyway, the rest of the chain is fine and the sprockets have a good bit of life left in them (see photo). I have a new chain and sprocket set on the shelf but it seems wasteful to get rid of what I have just yet.

Is it unheard of to replace the master link with two others? Looks like I would need to take out a link on either side to get rid of any potentially worn components.
Sure, go for it. Not much to lose by trying it. Although some will tell you that if you don't replace the chain and both sprockets you will surly crash and die. And don’t even think about a clip type master, that’s suicide.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:49 PM   #4
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I'd install the new chain and sprocket and store the old chain and sprocket telling myself it could come in handy some day and after I moved it around half a dozen times, toss it out.
This is what I'm doing. Couldn't locate any cutoff links.
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:47 PM   #5
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That sprockect looks crisp.
Did you just loose the master link clip?
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:01 PM   #6
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What is wrong with the master? Is it loose? If so bin the set. Why risk thrashing the engine cases or wrapping the drive up at speed. What do you hope to gain, another 1000 miles?
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:31 PM   #7
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That sprockect looks crisp.
Did you just loose the master link clip?
Does that mean good or toasted? Not using a clipped link.

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What is wrong with the master? Is it loose? If so bin the set. Why risk thrashing the engine cases or wrapping the drive up at speed. What do you hope to gain, another 1000 miles?
The pins and bushings got dry and wore in the master, not sure why, the o-rings were all good and I greased it all when I put it together. The rest of the chain is good and to me the sprockets look like they have life left.

Anyway, I put on a new setup.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:44 PM   #8
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Anytime I have to ask if it is still good I just replace it.

Why take a chance & get hurt or even just stranded.
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