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post #1 of 16 Old 10-10-2009, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Need a chain rivet tool

Anyone near Pacific Beach that has a chain rivet tool? I have a new chain, sprockets, and chain break tool, but the guy who sold me the stuff didn't mention anything about a rivet tool. This is my first motorcycle chain swap, only done bicycle chains before that, and had no idea a rivet tool was needed. I've called 3 shops in the area and none have a chain rivet tool for sale.

If not, no big deal. I'll just throw the old chain back on and order the tool. I just got new tires as well so I'm itching to go riding.

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post #2 of 16 Old 10-10-2009, 05:23 PM
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I've used a correct master link on those types of chains and never had a failure but you have to be sure to get the right master link, they are not all the same.

Google the chain brand, etc and see if there is one available, in most cases, they are.

When I would rivet the links, I also used a digital vernier caliper to assure the rivet head crush was to spec - there are a few steps to do it right, and if you crack a rivet head, you have to start all over.

I've seen plenty installed wrong.

Make sure you know what you are doing, it's not bad.

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that flaring tool idea might be the ticket. The rivet's looked really clean. Where the heck would I get a "link press" tool though?

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beats me, use whatever works. I used tip of that tool in a large C-clamp instead, worked fine, mostly.

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I used a C-clamp and a BB. Yes, BB as in BB gun. Don't laugh, worked perfectly at flaring the rivets.

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Here is an example of what you do not want to see -

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And it can vary by chain........
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I used a C-clamp and a BB. Yes, BB as in BB gun. Don't laugh, worked perfectly at flaring the rivets.
+1 to this!

I copied sugs and a bb worked great. However, my c-clamp was not up to snuff for this so I had to use the chain tool in modified way so that the bb would be pressed in a straight direction and not out to one of the sides of the pin. Did the first ride with the new chain today (yes, it sat in the garage for a while before being installed) and the rivets seem to be holding just fine.

edit: I did use the c-clamp to press on the plate.

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Hey, great job man! good on ya!

On a side-note, since you're in PB....is there still a bar down by the beach called "Plum Crazy"? I used to spend way too much time & money at that place, but they had cute, friendly waitresses and the bartenders were decent guys. I haven't been there since 97, and I'd like to stop in next time i'm in the area...




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Why not spend the $30 for a motion Pro rivit tool and do it right? You pay $200 or more for the set and then take a chance on ruining it or making a dangerous situation. And just remember that you will be laying on your belly working cramped up on elbows while trying these off beat ways.

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Any other recommendations for chain tools?
I will need to buy one soon. Tools are one thing I am willing to spend $$ to get the best.

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Hey, great job man! good on ya!

On a side-note, since you're in PB....is there still a bar down by the beach called "Plum Crazy"? I used to spend way too much time & money at that place, but they had cute, friendly waitresses and the bartenders were decent guys. I haven't been there since 97, and I'd like to stop in next time i'm in the area...

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Not sure if that place is there or not. I'll keep an eye out for it next time I'm down there.

If you come out this way before mid June hit me up.

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Why not spend the $30 for a motion Pro rivit tool and do it right? You pay $200 or more for the set and then take a chance on ruining it or making a dangerous situation. And just remember that you will be laying on your belly working cramped up on elbows while trying these off beat ways.
You're probably right, but I bought the chain, sprockets, and motion pro chain tool (not the rivet one) at a local shop and couldn't find any other local shop (called at least 4 or 5) that had a rivet tool in stock so I become determined to do it on my own. That turned into putting it off for a few months and then finally just decided to get it done.

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Sorry about the $30 remark, they have gone UP since I bought mine. When you pass 60 yrs, the years run together. Mine must be 10 yrs old!

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