I need help with my chain PLEASE!!!

Discussion in 'Hubs, Gearboxes, Sprockets and Chains' started by daveet6666, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. daveet6666

    daveet6666 Member

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    Taking links out of my chain got it to right length went to put master link on and couldn't because the ends don't match up! Wtf do I do now?
     
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    I bought some at Orchard Supply Hardware. Just tested my bike using the half link along with the master link and it had no problem so far.
     
  4. Kartooo

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    GREAT !! dance1
    it's almost impossible to get the peddle chain and mtr chain the same tension.
    that 1/2 link on either one bails you out of a jam.
    enjoy your bike.
     
  5. Venice Motor Bikes

    Venice Motor Bikes Custom Builder / Dealer/Los Angeles

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    I really don't like the 1/2 links for the #415 engine chain... They're always slightly off in size & don't 'mesh' perfectly with the sprocket teeth & can also hit the inside of the engine case.

    I've found that it's much better to use a 1/2 link on the #410 pedal chain instead! ;)
     
  6. Kartooo

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    all my bikes have #41 from tractor supply on the engine chain. $20 for 10ft, enough for 2 bikes.
    good industrial stuff, they hardly stretch at all. no problem with the 1/2 links they sell so far.
     
  7. Venice Motor Bikes

    Venice Motor Bikes Custom Builder / Dealer/Los Angeles

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    #41 chain is close (but not the correct chain for these bikes)... It's 1/16" wider & has slightly smaller rollers that don't fit these sprockets perfectly.

    Lots of guys use #41 chain to try to fix chain throwing issues because its 'sloppiness' compensates for their rear sprocket not being true.

    If your rear sprocket is mounted correctly (& spins true) & the alignment between the front & rear sprocket is good, the #415 chain is the better choice.

    Also... chains don't stretch, the sprockets & chain may 'wear in'; but chains don't stretch.

    & just to give a little bit of reference.... I use a #410H BMX chain on the engines of my race bikes! (I've never had a single problem with them).


    Again... 1/2 links are something I feel work best on the pedal chain (the side that gets used less) on a motor bike. ;)
     
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  8. Kartooo

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    does the #410H BMX fit the manic mechanic sprockets ?
    what are you using for lube ? i find the grease real messy and i do not ride in the rain.
    i usually clean em up with kerosene and prefer the wax type lube.
    with just 3 builds under my belt i'm new to this hobby and sucking up all the knowledge i can find.
     
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  9. Venice Motor Bikes

    Venice Motor Bikes Custom Builder / Dealer/Los Angeles

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    If you have a sprocket made by 'Manic Mechanic' in Florida?, the #41 is probably correct for it. Most all the other sprockets out there use a #415

    I use a light shot of motorcycle chain lube & clean them in gasoline.


    Also.... (I shaved my sprockets down a little to work with the #410H chain). I was telling you about them just as a reference that the chain itself is indeed strong enough to use on a engine.
     
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  10. Kartooo

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    used gas several yrs ago as my parts cleaner, now kerosene. it's easier on the hands.
    thanks, appreciate your time.
    i'm 3 months into the hobby and can't get enough !!
    gotta ride, it's up to 43* out there....
     
  11. Chaz

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    The OP never bothered to come back to his thread.
     
  12. daveet6666

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    I figured it out thanks guys
     

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