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post #1 of 4 Old 07-24-2019, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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Chain Breaker tool

Ive got a little 87 250 CMX that i have recently replaced the chain for. When I installed the chain, i didnt place the wheel in the right position and i need to remove 1 maybe 2 links.
When i first bought the chain, it was obviously too long and i found myself a chain breaker tool. I watched videos and read the instructions for the tool so I'm fairly confident I did it correctly, and ya know, the tool broke. the pins just spiraled bent into the tool, and it pressed the links together so hard, it wouldnt rotate on the link rivet. So i took it to a shop and they cut it for me.

Now, im just trying to remove one link.
i thought, "well, the instructions said not to grind off the rivet, and that didnt work last time" so i ground down the rivet of the pin i was trying to remove and then tried the chain breaker (i left one side un-ground so the tool had something to stay seated on). Still, the tools pins smashed down, pressed together the links and didnt budge the rivet. but it absolutely destroyed that link on the chain.

So did i get a ****ty tool? did i get a chain that doesnt break with a chain breaker tool? (it came with a master link)

Not sure where i need to go here.

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-24-2019, 12:06 PM
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If you are going to remove a rivited link, one of the heads of the rivet need to be completely ground off. Then place the pin on the tool against the ground off side.

I bought a brand name chain tool for around $30 IIRC, shortly ater getting into motorcycling. It looked pretty flimsy and I wound up only using it on bicycle chains because I could tell the pin was about to break when trying to remove a motorcycle chain rivet. Then a member here posted a link to Harbor Freight's heavy duty chain tool on sale for $5 (they've gone up since then). The HF tool was made much better, comes with a replacement pin, and, as the name implies, is heavy duty. I've used it a number of times with no problems, and still using the original pin.

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Thanks for the input! I actually took the chain to a shop (just in case) and watched the guy do it. He did the exact same thing but his tool looked a bit more industrial.
Heavy duty tool next time
Thank you 🙂

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-26-2019, 09:19 PM
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Here's a link to the HF tool: https://www.harborfreight.com/heavy-...ker-66488.html

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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