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post #1 of 13 Old 04-14-2014, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Can I borrow your chain tool?

Anyone live in/near Tacoma, WA that has a high-end chain tool that I can borrow? All reviews and threads say "don't use a cheap chain tool!".

I'll be replacing the chain and both sprockets soon and I really don't want to pay a shop to do it and I don't want to spend the extra money (as if there is such a thing) on a decent chain tool that I'll only use once.

I'm staying with a 530 setup but switching to 17F/41R with a 112 link chain. All the numbers look great on Gearing Commander: Motorcycle Speed, RPM, Chain & Sprockets Calculator My goal is to make her run smoother at higher speeds and since she has plenty of torque to spare... well it should suit my riding style anyway.

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I figure the ROI on a chain tool to be only 2-3 chains. Having 4 bikes it was easy for me to justify the purchase...after my buddy closed his shop.

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post #3 of 13 Old 04-14-2014, 05:06 PM
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17/42T here and I like it. Eliminated a lot of the buzz at 90mph. I'd like to hear your opinion on the 17/41.
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post #4 of 13 Old 04-14-2014, 05:26 PM
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I used a cheap chain tool I hog off eBay seemed to work fine and several thousand miles on my chain 17/41 lost the tool though unfortunately I left it on the bumper of my JEEP and lost it

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post #5 of 13 Old 04-14-2014, 05:33 PM
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Check out EK SRX chains and their screw type master link.
I used an EK 530 SRX chain and STML on my YZF600R and it worked great!
No special tools needed.

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post #6 of 13 Old 04-14-2014, 07:57 PM
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post #7 of 13 Old 04-14-2014, 08:08 PM
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Anyone live in/near Tacoma, WA that has a high-end chain tool that I can borrow? All reviews and threads say "don't use a cheap chain tool!".

I'll be replacing the chain and both sprockets soon and I really don't want to pay a shop to do it and I don't want to spend the extra money (as if there is such a thing) on a decent chain tool that I'll only use once.

I'm staying with a 530 setup but switching to 17F/41R with a 112 link chain. All the numbers look great on Gearing Commander: Motorcycle Speed, RPM, Chain & Sprockets Calculator My goal is to make her run smoother at higher speeds and since she has plenty of torque to spare... well it should suit my riding style anyway.

Thanks all!
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I picked this tool up off of eBay about 4 years ago ($30) and it has worked like a charm on two chains just on my Niner alone plus my other bikes and friend's bikes. Great price, no complaints. Still going strong.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ATV-Bike-Mot..._Tools&vxp=mtr

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post #8 of 13 Old 04-15-2014, 07:28 AM
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Being from the northwest and lower speed limits, I think the 17/41 will be geared waaaay too high for you. I found the 17/44 to be the perfect combo between spirited riding and freeway commuting.

Even after moving here to Phoenix, the 17/44 combo worked perfect. Had to replace the chain/sprockets after 32k miles and had a 17/43 combo laying around so I used it. Quite frankly, I hate it. The calculator states a very small difference between the 17/43 and 17/44 but I can notice it big time. In stop/go traffic the 17/43 is just too high. You push that 919 powerband just a bit too far up the rev range to be of any real use at all times. The 17/44 kept the powerband at a useable range at ALL times and the torque was perfect across the entire rpm range.

Reconsider your 17/41 decision. I don't think you'll like it as much.

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post #9 of 13 Old 04-15-2014, 08:07 AM
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I've also used that tool on 2 chains so far without issue. I'd send you mine but my friend has it.

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post #10 of 13 Old 04-15-2014, 09:25 AM
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Obermeyers here in Jasper said if I buy a chain from them, they'll flair the rivet for me. I can do everything else without the chain tool.

I know it sounds awful, but put a gold chain on. They're not bright gold, kind of subdued. They look a lot better IMHO.

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post #11 of 13 Old 04-15-2014, 11:03 AM
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It's not so much the tool as it is how to use it.

I've seen skilled people do a good job with a c-clamp and a BB -

just as I've seen other people flat destroy the best chain tool money can buy, in a matter of seconds.....

And some of the later claimed to be "Skilled, trained technicians".....

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post #12 of 13 Old 04-15-2014, 11:58 AM
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It's not so much the tool as it is how to use it.

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post #13 of 13 Old 04-17-2014, 12:19 PM
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