1/2 links for bicycle motor chain

Easy Rider

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I've looked at a few local bike shop for a half link for our engine chain. I've had no luck so far. Does anyone know of a plae that carries them?
Thanks,
EZ
 

paul

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Dec 23, 2007
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Re: 1/2 links

i found one on the net. 2.95 plus 8.00 shipping and handling. it came in the mail just before i left for hawaii and have who i got it from at home. i will check when i get back on the 10th and let you know where i got it and if it is worth a hoot. heard lots of mixed reviews so figured i would check one out myself
 

Easy Rider

Santa Cruz Scooter Works
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Re: 1/2 links

Hawaii...Must be nice! Thanks Cruiser, I'm looking forward for the info when you return home. Have fun
 

MotorbikeMike

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Dec 29, 2007
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Re: 1/2 links

Hi, well I hope you are not too disapointed to know that most half links are not worth putting on your bike.

Why not adjust your chains correctly and not use a half link?

I'm sure it was somewhere here that I had divuldged one of my special little inventions, the aluminum T-Shirt.

Far superior in every way, your engine remains bolted well, chains are intact, and easily replaceable, any time, any place (even the Wal Mart parking lot).

Mike
 

HoughMade

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give #41 half links a try- local Ace hardware, around $2, Tractor Supply, 3 for $4.

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Oh, and what Mike is talking about is using 1/8" aluminum to as a shim at the rear motor mount to move the engine forward and take up the slack.
 
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paul

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the half links they sell for a 415 suck. i ordered one and it was 1.99 plus $7.00 for shipping. they have a coter pin that hold them and i never used it. i am running a 411 chain now and real happy with it
 

Bikeguy Joe

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Man that's an expensive link! Or thievery in the shipping cost- it cost less than a dollar to send one, I sent deacon a section of chain with 5 links and it cost me about a dollar twenty.
 

HoughMade

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All the half links I have seen have a cotter pin- not to say that I have seen all of them, but I have one on my bicycle chain and a have some for the #41 on the engine- no need to use them, though.
 

roman415

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I would NOT use half links. I bought one at a local bike shop (was 415 size) and the half link looked a slightly bigger than the rest of the chain. I did not initially give this any thought.. until I noticed it was getting caught on the motor (tight space) and ended up bending/ripping another master link.

I would just get a few master links to keep handy and use those.
 

deacon

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the most reliable way to adjust and use your tension I have found and I have tried everything to the tune of two new rear wheels. Is to adjust for the motor chain then add the tensioner to the bicycle chain.