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Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Shaky Jake, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. Shaky Jake

    Shaky Jake Guest

    Started motorcycle wrenching again after being away for three

    Got an '82 Kaw kz 550 LTD, 17,000 miles, been abused.

    Engine seems solid enough, everything else is a bit aged...

    Sprockets seem ok, would like to install a new chain, old chain has a
    master link. Do the latest
    and greatest eliminate the master link?

    How do I measure to see if I have a 530 or 620 chain?

    Input appreciated,

    Shaky Jake, Oct 17, 2006
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  2. Shaky Jake

    B-12 Guest

    Unnecessary. Just degrease side plates and clip and put 2 drops of red
    Loctite on the clip. It will never come off. This tip saves you the
    cost of a rivetting tool.
    No such thing as a "620" chain. 530 chain is 5/8ths of an inch between
    pins, 630 chain is
    3/4ths of an inch between pins.

    Maybe you meant 530 vs 525 chain? The internal widths of the links are
    listed on the chain manufacturers' web sites.
    B-12, Oct 17, 2006
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  3. Shaky Jake

    Mike Freeman Guest

    And Lord knows that rivetting tools are more expensive than your left leg.

    Use a rivetted link.
    Mike Freeman, Oct 18, 2006
  4. Shaky Jake

    B-12 Guest

    Oh, go torque your cam bearing caps with greasy bolts.

    Red Loctited master link clips have to be ground off, unless you want
    to heat the master link with a propane torch.
    B-12, Oct 18, 2006
  5. Nah. Modern chains have tapers on the pins of the soft link. The side
    plates, if you jam them on properly, will stay put forever.
    The Older Gentleman, Oct 19, 2006
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