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post #1 of 35 Old 04-20-2012, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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correct master link rivet 'mushroom'

is there a 'proper' way to tell if you have your riven link 'mushroomed' enough? Everyone says dont do it too much or you can ruin the link. The pin measured about 5mm before i hit it with the rivet tool...i have about a 1mm "flare" at the tip of the rivet. I dont want to crank down too much and either break the riveting tip on my chain tool..of eff up the rivet. Any suggestions???
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That looks pretty good to me! The side plate is really a press fit onto the pins. Any bit of mushrooming will keep the plate retained on the chain. It doesn't take much. You don't have to get it super tight on there. The master link should've come with spacers so you can't pinch the o-rings in there. That is the concern with applying too much pressure with the riveting tool.

The link should bend freely when manipulated by hand, just like the other links in the chain. If it drags any, it's likely too tight. If it's not pressed down enough, the o-rings won't seal. But that's why the temporary spacers are put in there to keep the proper spacing and flare the pins.

I'd say you're good to go. That plate isn't coming off.

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That looks pretty good to me! The side plate is really a press fit onto the pins. Any bit of mushrooming will keep the plate retained on the chain. It doesn't take much. You don't have to get it super tight on there. The master link should've come with spacers so you can't pinch the o-rings in there. That is the concern with applying too much pressure with the riveting tool.

The link should bend freely when manipulated by hand, just like the other links in the chain. If it drags any, it's likely too tight. If it's not pressed down enough, the o-rings won't seal. But that's why the temporary spacers are put in there to keep the proper spacing and flare the pins.

I'd say you're good to go. That plate isn't coming off.
Thats what I was hopin to hear!!! I just hate doing something for the first time and then havin a worry in my head it was done wrong! lolol
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What....huh???? Master link?
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whats been said. looks right to me. As long as the pin flares out to retain the sideplate on it, youre good to go. I had the same issue the first time I did mine, thought it was wrong. Just dont pinch the rings in the plate, and youre set. good work gettin it did on your own!
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They grow up so fast! I remember when I riveted my first link. I'm so proud of u T!
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They grow up so fast! I remember when I riveted my first link. I'm so proud of u T!
lol I really dont know WHY Ive waited so long to even do my own chain swaps. Been riding over 25yrs...and this is the first. Ive swapped sprockets before..but always let the dealer or someone else swap chains. I STILL refuse to break into my own motor and do my valves tho...:headshake got all kinds of bad mojo vibes there.. lolol.
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Match width of OEM pins on other links, then safety wire...
Ive thought about safety wiring it..I have a track day coming up and well..better safe than sorry. do you have a 'how to' link??
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