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Old 07-29-2014, 07:26 AM   #1
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F800GS Chain Breaker/Riveter

Does anyone out there in GS Chain Gang Land know what chain tool will break an existing chain without grinding off the rivets, pop the side plates back on a new chain master link, then rivet or mushroom the head? I was in the middle of no where a couple of weeks ago with an official brand chain tool, chain came off the rear sprocket stripping that, existing chain was still in one piece, had a new chain with master link, opened up the instructions for my official brand chain tool and it told me to use a grinder to grind off the existing rivets. Now where am I going to find a grinder on the Dalton Highway in Alaska. I would appreciate any input to a tool that will do it all on a 525 chain.
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:16 AM   #2
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I have the MotionPro Jumbo Chain tool. Works great. Heavy duty but really works. A bit pricey but it will last you. I remember watching the video and they specifically mention that you don't have to grind of anything.
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:59 AM   #3
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i have the motionpro jumbo chain tool. Works great. Heavy duty but really works. A bit pricey but it will last you. I remember watching the video and they specifically mention that you don't have to grind of anything.
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:53 AM   #4
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I have the MotionPro Jumbo Chain tool. Works great. Heavy duty but really works. A bit pricey but it will last you. I remember watching the video and they specifically mention that you don't have to grind of anything.
I have the same tool. I still grind the pins because it causes much easier on the tool that way. But yes, in an emergency, it will work without grinding on most chains. It's also heavy enough that I'm not going to pack it with me everywhere.
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:01 AM   #5
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Thanks, guys! Looks like I will be getting a Motion Pro Jumbo. If I have one with me I will probably never break a chain again.
Thanks again,
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:17 AM   #6
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I should have a Jumbo version which probably has more leverage, but I have no problem using this to break and rivet chains and it's small enough to take along. I believe there is a new and improved version.



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Old 07-29-2014, 12:30 PM   #7
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^^^ +1! Works great!
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:00 PM   #8
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I use a breaker rivet set from RK... Cost less than $80 at the time 4 years ago... Has to date done probably 30 chains of various gauges for me and riding friends (clip and rivet chains). Easy to use. Pop pins out without grinding every time, even on heavily rusted chains...
Saved me a bunch of money... But to bulky to take on the bike....
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:22 AM   #9
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CycleGear sells a knock-off of the MotionPro .... and it looks identical...

Of course it could be cheaper steel / poorer quality...

It usually sells for $90, but I picked one up on sale for $40 a while back.
Have not used it yet ...
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Old 08-03-2014, 02:06 PM   #10
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OK kids, this is what I found:

I too have the Motion Pro that recommends you don't break a 525 without grinding first. Well in selling up, I sold all my abrasive devices. New chain in a box and nuthin' but a hacksaw to remove the old. No way.

The trick is that if you have a riveted link chain already then break the chain with the tool ON THE RIVETED LINK. I never broke a sweat and certainly didn't overstress the tool as it was easier to break than it was expanding the new link. If you have a factory endless chain then maybe you're SOL.
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:44 AM   #11
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I sold all my abrasive devices.
You didn't even keep one metal file? Man, you are going minimalist!

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Old 08-04-2014, 06:38 AM   #12
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The better branded breakers are worth the extra $$. I just replaced the factory chain and it was easy to pop out a pin, when trying to set the rivet it shattered the smaller pin/riveter (should have used the bigger one ). The larger pin/riveter bent while I was getting the link head into spec's. If I used a clip link replacement chain the cheap tool would have been fine.

Another lesson learned the hard way...
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