I need help with my chain PLEASE!!!

daveet6666

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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?
 

MEASURE TWICE

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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.
 

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.
 

Venice Motor Bikes

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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! ;)
 

Kartooo

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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! ;)
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.
 

Venice Motor Bikes

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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.
#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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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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Venice Motor Bikes

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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.
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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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....