Clip master link...who here used one with no problems? - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
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post #1 of 7 Old 03-29-2017, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Clip master link...who here used one with no problems?

I've read a few posts with clip vs rivet style. I've see the safety wire so it looks like that eliminates the ones that had issues. My chain only has 6800 miles but it seems to have lots of tight links. Not sure but maybe the previous owner left it sitting out. I don't see busted seals but maybe I'll bust me a new chain. I see O-ring chains for $40 maybe I get what I pay for. I read Volar was ok which is one of the brands I see on ebay for a good price, maybe too good. Just wondering if anyone here has used the clip style master link with issues or no issues. If I put the safety wire on I would think I'm ok. It would be nice to be able to take it off and clean it yearly or at some point.
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-29-2017, 05:18 PM
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Have you cleaned off the old gummy chain lube with kerosene? Kerosene may lube the old O-rings enough to limber it up.
If you have cleaned it and it still has stiff links, I'll suggest that it was run Too Tight at some point and internally galled'ed the rivet pins and bushings. Replacement required.

I usually use clip type master links. Keep your new chain loose enough to lift the lower run up to the rear tip of the rubber slider under the swingarm.
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-29-2017, 05:59 PM
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As an old dirtbiker and ex offroad racer I always run clip type masters and I haven't had any issues......I also buy quality chains, keep them adjusted properly, keep them clean and free of corrosion and replace them before they start acting up.

These are said to be good quality for the price:

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post #4 of 7 Old 03-29-2017, 06:00 PM
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post #5 of 7 Old 03-29-2017, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks pdwestman and DPelletier. I just cleaned it for probably the first time in a long time. I soaked it with kerosene and got a grunge brush and then did it again and seem to get most of the junk off. Then went over it with chain wax. I haven't ridden it yet so maybe I need to ride it and get it warm and then check the links. If it's not unsafe and links move ok after that then maybe it's fine. I see all the o rings look intact I think. I see the Primary Drive kit on ebay for $67 so not too bad. I don't need the sprockets so maybe I can find the chain by itself for less. I checked the teeth and they look perfect.

That's a great WD40 article. I did clean the chain with wd40 and a tooth brush then went over it with kerosene twice after and now it looks good and clean. I'll ride it for a while and see. I did read an article mentioning a chain with no stiff spots will show the difference on a dyno. I'm sure it's not much but with 40hp we need every bit =). Thanks guys. I'll get a clip when it's time to get one.
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post #6 of 7 Old 03-30-2017, 06:23 PM
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10 years in on the KLR, I typically replace the chain every year because I'm lazy. No clip issues.

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post #7 of 7 Old 03-31-2017, 09:44 AM
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I use clip type master links on all my bikes and have never had a problem.

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