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Chain splitter and rivetter - recommendations.

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Chain splitter and rivetter - recommendations.

Post by Beresford on Thu 07 Dec 2017, 4:30 pm

I want to get a chain tool which will be used on several bikes by myself for the CB and a friend for various machines he has including a KTM supermoto and a Harley. So some variety in chain size I think.

I've tried searching here for info on tools but no success, so I'd like to ask if anyone can recommend a good quality tool that will last. My friend is an engineering professional and is happy shelling out for quality - which is nice !!
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Post by Jameshambleton on Thu 07 Dec 2017, 4:37 pm

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Post by Beresford on Thu 07 Dec 2017, 7:34 pm

Thanks James. I'd been told that Sealey tools were just rebranded generic chinese stuff these days. Not true then?
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Post by Jameshambleton on Thu 07 Dec 2017, 8:06 pm

Not a clue, I use a cheap chinese one
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Post by wornsprokets on Fri 08 Dec 2017, 12:31 am

Dont buy sealey check out matt from "the workshop" on you tube...he roasted them over quality of there tools..chinese made tools.... any chain maker breakers ive used have broke after doing a couple of chains....think it have to be an expensive chain tool...to last
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Post by Fair Weather Rider on Fri 08 Dec 2017, 9:23 am

Just use a split link, I do.
That's all that was used up to a few years ago.
As long as it is put in correctly, should not be a problem.
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Post by Beresford on Fri 08 Dec 2017, 5:34 pm

@Fair Weather Rider wrote:Just use a split link, I do.
That's all that was used up to a few years ago.
As long as it is put in correctly, should not be a problem.
I like the idea of a good quality split link, like chains I believe the standards vary a lot. Will a DID link fit a DC chain or are links only suitable for their own makers chains ?
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Post by wornsprokets on Fri 08 Dec 2017, 6:03 pm

I had d.i.d rivet link wouldnt fit on jt chain...avoid jt chains there terrible unless very cheap
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Post by Jameshambleton on Fri 08 Dec 2017, 6:43 pm

I second avoid jt chains, I put a brand new d.i.d chain on my cb500 without changing the sprockets and then did about 4,500 to 5000 miles on the chain within 2 weeks still as taught as when I left home
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Post by eternally_troubled on Fri 08 Dec 2017, 7:33 pm

@Fair Weather Rider wrote:Just use a split link, I do.
That's all that was used up to a few years ago.
As long as it is put in correctly, should not be a problem.

You really aren't supposed to use split-links on bikes with more than 50 bhp...

Also if you are using a O-ring chain (which you almost definately are) there is no need to take it off until it is knackered - at this point you can use the big dremmel (angle grinder!) to grind off the soft-link and it falls apart - hey presto :)

Delboys garage (see youtube) makes some good suggestions on ways not to need special chain tools...

I've got a Motrax one (this one) - it works fine (I did my CB500 chain with it no problem). It is not a chain breaker - you need to grind off the heads of a set of pins and then push them out using this tool. It does 420 - 532 size chains (don't know if this is big enough for a Harley!).
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Post by Jameshambleton on Fri 08 Dec 2017, 8:00 pm

These days I take Delboys garage with a pinch of salt, turned into more of a gimme money for tools so I can make videos kinda thing.. you don't need top new gopros for riding videos when they already had some albeit older models.
Anyway back on topic, I use the angle grinder to grind off the link and then just press it through.
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Post by skyerae on Sat 09 Dec 2017, 8:53 am

My friend used a cheap chain riveter to rivet the link and it was toast after this - cheap crap it was. I invested in a DID chain riveter and have only put on one chain so far and worked a treat. You can replace the main pin (if the need ever arises) but the tool is expensive. I intend to use it to replace chains on both my bikes (and my mate can use it when he need to.
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Post by Beresford on Sat 09 Dec 2017, 5:57 pm

I am keeping my fingers crossed. My friend is considering buying a BETA tools chain splitter/rivetter. Just look at the price on ebay/Amazon !!!
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Post by liverpool_f_ on Sat 16 Dec 2017, 8:59 pm

I bought the DID chain tool and I think it is excellent. It is expensive but riveting the chain is a safety concern since it can lock up your wheel at high speed if the rivet fails/comes lose.

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