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Breaking OEM chain to be used again - March 18, 2009, 03:56 AM

What's the best approach to breaking a slightly worn OEM chain that one wishes to use again? A guy I know asked for some help swapping out chain and sprockets on a late model CBR600, and I'm almost certain his OEM chain has tons of life left in it so I'm hoping to remove it but preserve it's functionality so he can save it or sell it and the sprockets we take off.

I'm only experienced with replacing worn chains that are finished and so I've always just cut them with a dremel. Should I grind off the head of a rivet and pop it through with a chain tool? If so, what's the "fix" for when someone wants to use the chain again? Do they need to buy a new link to add in?

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exactly, grind off the 2 rivets on one link and then use a screwdriver to pop the plate off, when you go to reinstall, all you will need is a new master link
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I know someone, it wasn't me, and we won't mention any names, who destroyed most of RRonin's chain tool bits trying to break a chain. I think I'd rather dremel a couple rivets of that beyotch.


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I know someone, it wasn't me, and we won't mention any names, who destroyed most of RRonin's chain tool bits trying to break a chain. I think I'd rather dremel a couple rivets of that beyotch.
I have the tool and believe me it is so simple to grind off the rivet head and pry off the side plate. New master link and done. I only use the tool to spread the rivet!

Of course since I posted this it probably makes it wrong! LOL


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Its extremely easy to grind off two rivets on a plate, then pop the plate off. Then you just need the master link to reinstall.


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I have the tool and believe me it is so simple to grind off the rivet head and pry off the side plate. New master link and done. I only use the tool to spread the rivet!

Of course since I posted this it probably makes it wrong! LOL
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