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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-18-2019, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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1st of many embarrassments

Last weekend I was mounting my new 15/41 kit I got from Kyle racing (That aluminum AFAM if gorgeous!). I get the chain tool out and press the master link front plate into place. Measure to make sure it's correct, then proceed to rivet the pin in place. I incorrectly set the block on the PBR chain tool so instead of riveting the head of the pin, I pushed it out the back of the master link... Idiot

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New master links are cheap and easy to acquire.
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You can just push it back and do it again. It's not a big deal.
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You can just push it back and do it again. It's not a big deal.
I just assumed it was a loss and would have to wait to get another. I'll flip it around in the tool and push it back into place then try the rivet again.

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Unless there is an emergency to use them I usually just throw them away and replace with a new one under such circumstances. Nothing like wasting a $1000 engine case on a $10 fix when your chain comes off at speed.
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Unless there is an emergency to use them I usually just throw them away and replace with a new one under such circumstances. Nothing like wasting a $1000 engine case on a $10 fix when your chain comes off at speed.
Good point. There's no emergency and I don't need to create one.

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i would be absolutely shocked if it failed because you pushed it back. it's a hardened steel pin. chains aren't delicate, a link that is installed at the correct tension and properly peened will be fine. pushing a pin back won't ruin it.

but if you don't trust it, replace it. your brain won't let you get over it if it bothers you
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Don't feel bad. I've taken off with my kickstand down more than once! Luckily it's usually in my driveway!

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i would be absolutely shocked if it failed because you pushed it back. it's a hardened steel pin. chains aren't delicate, a link that is installed at the correct tension and properly peened will be fine. pushing a pin back won't ruin it.

but if you don't trust it, replace it. your brain won't let you get over it if it bothers you
I won't argue that, but why chance it. The physics employed on a drive chain are a lot more than most people give credence for and I have seen some crazy damage from a failed chain on numerous occasions. It is just more than I can risk for myself or a customer, kinda like re-using an oil filter during an oil change. Sure it probably won't harm anything, but....
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Kinda like turning over and re-using a crush washer....sure it usually works but...

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