Reviving some dead brain cells, but if i remember correctly the open end of the "key" that locks the side plate onto the link, faces foward (the direction the chain moves): when tht links on the top course,correct ? Thats the way the old one was , but a friend thought it should be the other way. ( i bet him a brew ).........Mike
Never pick a fight with an old man..if he's too tired to fight, he'll just shoot you.
1979 H-D Low Rider (orig owner)
2009 K 1300 S (Lava Orange...the faster color)
From what I always remember, the open end of the clip must always face away from the direction of chain rotation. If something hits the clip, like a rock etc if facing the wrong way it could knock it out and the there would be real trouble.
So after the chain, battery, polish everything, dump the bad gas, and i know im missin something else... are you gonna ride that thing?! If you need some one to scoot it around the block, just say the word!
caution, threadjack...SO, my shop guy tells me that chains that use a master-link are just fine...says he's never really heard anything bd about em...he says, "come on, everyone's doing it, just try it..."
Should I be innocent and trusting, or should I stick it out and get a real riveted chain? Opinions would be MOST welcome, before I buy the wrong stuff tomorrow...
Well, fire the engines! Spur this iron space-pony on!
Iv'e never had any trouble with a master link chain in 30 years of riding, but I've heard people say they have, although they have never provided info on how and why. I know that you never re-use a master link, especially the circlip on it, but a riveted chain has less "parts" so I suppose it would be less likely to fail.
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