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post #1 of 17 Old 01-21-2013, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Broken Master link in chain

I bought my 09 klr a few weeks ago and only ridden it a small handful of times becuase of cold weather. Today I decided to get a little more familiar with my new bike.. re-solder a broken grip heater wire to the grip heater, fix the threads / bolts on the left rear plastic, clean the chain...




My last ride was a 100 mile round trip commute to work. After pulling the broken master link, I also found this:




The rest of the chain and the sprockets look fine..

Is this something I can / should repair, or is a new chain in order?

The bike only has 8,400 miles on it, and judging by the shiny gold links on the chain I'm guessing it is not a stock chain:



Note: these pics are before a thorough cleaning.. most of the brown/ red stuff is the red clay in the dirt around here, not rust.

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its not a stock chain looks like a gold DID chain wich is pretty good chain usually . the stock chains had to be riveted off . no master link ..glad u found it before u were in trouble on freeway .

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I did some searching on Google image.. looks like the"R" imprinted on the chain is from Renthal, I think the 3-2 indicates that it is this chain:

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ing-Chain.aspx

..question remains, should I replace the chain, or just the master link?

The odd wear patternd (2nd & 3rd pics) in the link that the master attached to doesn't look right to me.. but I'm new here

My gut says to just replace the whole thing, but I hate finding out later that I wasted money unnecessarily. If I do replace it, what are the recommendations? After removing it, it seems like a chain with the master link is quite handy when it comes time to clean it... but if this is common with this type I'll go for reliable first.

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replace it, but if chain is worn unusual i would swap gears with it or chain will wear quickly . This is not the [place to be cheap .

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Will do.. thanks!
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Change out them sprockets when you change the chain. It's a good rule to follow.

I wonder how that thing broke?

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If the rest of the chain is in good shape I would replace that worn link and the master link and call it good. Doesn't make sense to throw a good chain away.

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I wonder how that thing broke?
..don't know. I was wondering the same thing. I sent a link to the pictures to Renthal customer support just to see what they would say; haven't heard back yet.

My guess is either it was defective, or possibly damaged by the previous owner at install. The reviews for this chain on motorcycle superstore indicate people have had trouble fitting the master together and have taken to drilling on it... maybe my chain got that treatment (or worse)?

The guy I bought it from had pretty good maintenance records starting at ~4,000 miles (including mods), but the chain wasn't listed.. he did give me an extra 16t front that he said he bought before realizing it already had one..

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I don't mess with questionable chains/sprokets. The damage from a broken chain is way more than the replacement. I'd replace the chain and both sprockets--a pretty easy job. In addition, I don't like those snap on master links--do the rivet on type--IMO--much safer
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Looks like a botched install of the master link causing the adjacent links to be offset. The wear seen on that inner link seems to be from the link riding up on the sprocket(s) because of that. Look closely at the sprockets and I'll bet you find damage.

If it were mine I'd be changing the chain and the sprockets. Also agree with Hottrodd about a riveted chain. Master links IMO are designed to fail, you know what they say about the weakest link. Last time I used a master link was on my schwinn stingray.
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