Riveted o-ring master link k vs. clip style master link

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10/24/2017 4:18 PM

Any input on wether the riveted style, or the clip style master links are preferable on a dirt bike?

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10/25/2017 1:22 PM

I would go with clip style. You want to be able to remove the chain for cleaning and other maintenance of the rear wheel, swingarm etc that you don’t see as much on a road bike (where rivet links are common). The slight reduction in security is worth the ease of maintenance in my opinion. Just make sure the closed end of the clip is forward in relation to chain direction, and watch the clip for wear (especially true on O/X ring chains which are often wider and rub on some chain guides, wearing the edges of the clip thin.

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10/25/2017 2:17 PM

omalley wrote:

I would go with clip style. You want to be able to remove the chain for cleaning and other maintenance of the rear wheel, swingarm etc that you don’t see as much on a road bike (where rivet links are common). The slight reduction in security is worth the ease of maintenance in my opinion. Just make sure the closed end of the clip is forward in relation to chain direction, and watch the clip for wear (especially true on O/X ring chains which are often wider and rub on some chain guides, wearing the edges of the clip thin.

Thank you for the input!

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10/25/2017 3:10 PM

omalley wrote:

I would go with clip style. You want to be able to remove the chain for cleaning and other maintenance of the rear wheel, swingarm etc that you don’t see as much on a road bike (where rivet links are common). The slight reduction in security is worth the ease of maintenance in my opinion. Just make sure the closed end of the clip is forward in relation to chain direction, and watch the clip for wear (especially true on O/X ring chains which are often wider and rub on some chain guides, wearing the edges of the clip thin.

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10/26/2017 3:46 PM

I can't say I've ever seen an endless chain on a dirt bike

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10/26/2017 7:55 PM

MaxPower wrote:

I can't say I've ever seen an endless chain on a dirt bike

Surprisingly, my daughter’s CRF150F has one. Not sure if it’s OE or something the previous owner did. Judging by the low hours, guessing OE. Surprised the heck out of me.

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10/26/2017 9:15 PM

Yeah, I bought my 1981 YZ125 from m a friend in 81, and it had a clip masterlink. I replaced the chain once, with a clip type link chain. This is a restoration job I'm doing with my oldest son and I bought the chain from Dennis Kirk. It was specked for my bike, but has this riveted link. I'm going to go ahead and order a clipped link for it. Thanks!

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10/31/2017 2:54 AM

We always rivited our chains for racing HS and MX and carried a chain break in our fanny pack if we ran into a bound chain. 9 out of 10 times the master link was never in the right spot to fix the problem. smile

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10/31/2017 4:18 PM

Street bikes use them all the time, if I rode off rode events I would certainly use a rivet link, no clip to wear out, the problem is you have to grind the post down when replacing the chain

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