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post #1 of 6 Old 09-05-2019, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Arghhhhhh, Ever Have This Happen??

Went to install a new chain and sprocket set today. Chain is an EK520SR06. Got it all together and connecting link riveted on. Gave the wheel a spin and noticed chain coming off of rear sprocket wasn’t right in one spot. Upon further investigation I found that two links are each missing an o-ring on one side of the chain. Found a piece of an o-ring tucked in the corner of the packing bag.

Super frustrated. This chain has been in my spares locker for a while. No longer have receipt. Now I need to get a another chain and the bike is laid up when the sun is finally shining here. Needless to say I won’t be buying an EK chain.

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-05-2019, 05:03 PM
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Well, that's a new one to me.

At least you discovered the problem before something bad happened at midnight, in the pouring rain, in the middle of Mud-Flat-Nowhere.

I couldn't help but notice that you're an Ed Roth fan. Did you ever get a chance to met him?

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Well, that's a new one to me.

At least you discovered the problem before something bad happened at midnight, in the pouring rain, in the middle of Mud-Flat-Nowhere.

I couldn't help but notice that you're an Ed Roth fan. Did you ever get a chance to met him?

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Ya that’s what I was thinking myself which is the positive side of the experience. Goes back to what an old mechanic once told me - “New doesn’t mean good”.

And a definite big Ed Roth fan. Being in Canada never got to meet him. Always wanted to go to the Ed Roth Reunion in Utah. Still on the bucket list.

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post #4 of 6 Old 09-06-2019, 03:36 PM
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klr4evr, I would Not purchase a new chain, I'd only purchase 2 New Master links, be they clip type or rivet style if you have the tools and if that would make you feel safer.

Yeah, I'm cheap and yeah that issue kinda' sucks. But it is what is, it is your bike and your choice.

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klr4evr, I would Not purchase a new chain, I'd only purchase 2 New Master links, be they clip type or rivet style if you have the tools and if that would make you feel safer.

Yeah, I'm cheap and yeah that issue kinda' sucks. But it is what is, it is your bike and your choice.
Already picked up another chain. An RK XSO. The shop had the chain in stock but not 3 EK connecting links which is what I would need to make the chain useable. Not really crazy about 3 connection links in a row but I have the tools so can do riveted links versus master links. I reached out to EK to see if they would replace the chain on a good will basis.

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Already picked up another chain. An RK XSO. The shop had the chain in stock but not 3 EK connecting links which is what I would need to make the chain useable. Not really crazy about 3 connection links in a row but I have the tools so can do riveted links versus master links. I reached out to EK to see if they would replace the chain on a good will basis.

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I'm with pdwestman on the extra master links idea. A properly riveted master should be as good as any other link. Buy a couple to have in stock for your next chain replacement.
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