Chain help...

Discussion in 'Frame Mounted Engines' started by MotorBikeMatt, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. MotorBikeMatt

    MotorBikeMatt New Member

    I am in the prosses of atatching the engine to the back wheel via chain. The chain I am useing is to long and I do not know how to take 6 of the links out. Any help here MB users?:confused:
     

  2. cooltoy

    cooltoy Member

    easy..just get a file or even better..a grinder. File works in five minutes,then just get a punch and punch out pin.
     
  3. MotorBikeMatt

    MotorBikeMatt New Member

    What do I do with the file?
     
  4. mickey

    mickey Guest

    Grind/file off the rivet heads on the last link you want to remove, pop off the figure 8 shaped plate and push the link out. Look at your master link, you want to make the break point link look kind of like that.

    Or take the chain to your local motorcycle shop and buy a chain breaker to fit.

    Mickey
     
  5. Hollywood

    Hollywood Guest

    You can buy a chain tool at any bicycle shop or bike departmemt at Wal-Mart.I think by the sound of things your best bet would be to go to your local bicycle shop to buy it so they can show you how to use it.
     
  6. reclaimer

    reclaimer Guest

    I didnt need the file. I just set the chain on a cresent wrench and used a punch to drive the pin out. Much easier than I thought it would be.

    edit: I'll bet one could use a large nail, I didnt have to use much force.
     
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  7. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    If the pin came out without having to use quite a bit of force, I would be worried about the quality of the chain.
     
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  8. reclaimer

    reclaimer Guest

    You sir are correct. I am concerned, for other reasons as well. As you know there is stretching, abnormal ware inside the motor, and noise.
     
  9. MotorBikeMatt

    MotorBikeMatt New Member

    Ok, I took it t a bike shop, they shortend it for 5$. I attatched the masterlink and I was walking it to the gas station to pump the tire and buy gas and the master link fell off :( I found the thing that looks like ad 8 but not that little black pin thing that keeps the "8" from falling off. Will apoxy glueing the "8" thing to the 2 pins pokeing out work? or do I have to bust out the metal detector?
     
  10. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    I doubt that epoxy would last. Good luck with the metal detector. I don't deal with masterlinks, I just pop a pin out, make the chain the length I want, and press the pin back in.
     
  11. mickey

    mickey Guest

    How do you make sure that it stays? Do you round the pin over again into a rivet?
     
  12. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Gee, the pins have always been very tight (I've only shortened a chain without using a chain tool once or twice. I've done it with a chain tool many times). Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but I've put a lot of miles on a lot of chain over the years and never had one come apart. When using a chain tool to put a chain back together, you can feel it when the pin pops into place. I always assumed that this was just the way it's done.
     
  13. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    I've done the same thing. Either using a bench clamp and a punch to push them out or even just prying the link "8" off with a flathead screwdriver. I've only had a chain pop once last fall and thats because I broke that chain countless times in my testing phase which included the same chain on my MTB then on several engine configurations with my Stingray. Despite all the abuse I put it through it still pulled me about 1000 miles before it let go. Even then, I knew it was going to and I rode it until its death. Just inspect and clean your chain regularly like you would on a motorcycle or bicycle so you can check for loose or bound up links and you'll be fine.
     
  14. cooltoy

    cooltoy Member

    NO, that will never work, not for more than a minute or two. Look, you have a very simple problem, why don't you get another link and try again. I'd bet that I know what you did wrong, pull the link out and look at it very closely. You will notice tiny grooves near the end of the two shafts. Make sure that when you slide that clip that you lost onto the link,you have it in the groves.I think that this was your mistake-it has to be.
     
  15. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    I'm a simple man.

    I always use a punch...or more accurately, a nailset. I place chin across a barely open bench vise- just enough space for the pin to come out- or on the floor (sometines easier) with a small socket under the link I am removing and drive the pin out. The neat thing about using a punch and not grinding is that I can always drive the pin back in and peen the end over if i need to replace a link or two. If you grind, it's kind of hard to go back.
     
  16. Hollywood

    Hollywood Guest

    RULE #1 USE THE RIGHT TOOL(IN YOUR CASE CHAIN TOOL) FOR JOB.You can go to www.parktool.com/repair and it will show you how to use the tool.
     
  17. MotorBikeMatt

    MotorBikeMatt New Member

    Thanks for all your help everyone. I found it useing my metal detector. I started my bike today and it runs fine. Alot of fun, faster then my go kart.
     
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