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Chain replacement - master link rivet

I just replaced my chain for the first time. I took my time, watched a ton of YouTube videos and went by the instructions provided in the chain breaker/rivet tool kit. Is there ny way to tell if I mushroomed master link pins enough? They are flared out a bit, and the link still rotates like the other links.....Just worried that it'll break and take my foot off!
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Sounds right! Got a pic? It doesn't have to flare over a lot. Enough so it doesn't come off, but not so much that the rivet gets a crack in it from too much pressing. The link should still move, so sounds ok to me.
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Looks good to me! Here's a pic of one my shop did for comparison.
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Thanks.
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I had similar concerns, but it has been a few thousand miles now and my foot (and chain) are still in place. Your work looks to be just fine.

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Have I been away from chains so long that there is no longer a "master link?" I've had several bikes over the years (2 with chains, the other a belt and 2 shaft drives) but haven't had to replace any chains. I think my Versys is good for several more thousand miles but when the time comes, my new chain will not use a "master link?" By "master link," i'm referring to the kind that you could actually slide the 'c' style clip off and remove the link. No rivets.

And, Tenover, how many miles/years did you get out of your chain and did you also replace the gears?
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Have I been away from chains so long that there is no longer a "master link?" I've had several bikes over the years (2 with chains, the other a belt and 2 shaft drives) but haven't had to replace any chains. I think my Versys is good for several more thousand miles but when the time comes, my new chain will not use a "master link?" By "master link," i'm referring to the kind that you could actually slide the 'c' style clip off and remove the link. No rivets.

And, Tenover, how many miles/years did you get out of your chain and did you also replace the gears?
Yup, you can still purchase a clip masterlink. Two choices, clip or rivet. When you purchase a new chain, however, most of them include a rivet-style master link. There are folks who swear by a properly installed clip master link. I used to have one on a Ducati I used to own. I feel more secure with the rivet-style, it's a personal preference. When I had a clip-style, I secured it with some safety wire.

Another personal preference: Always replace the sprockets when replacing the chain. The only exceptions I've made to this was if it was a newish chain and I just wanted to change gearing. On street bikes, I easily have gotten up to 20k on a properly maintained chain. The trackbike? Every other season it gets replaced!

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There are a few cases over here, where chain disconnected and broke the engine case. All of them were traced to clip-type master link.

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There are a few cases over here, where chain disconnected and broke the engine case. All of them were traced to clip-type master link.
When I started riding in the '60s, the 'wisdom' was that "fish swim upriver" and that little clip looks like a fish. (I installed the master-link on my Triumph's primary chain backwards ONCE. It came off and the chain DESTROYED my primary chaincase, but luckily missed ME! I ALWAYS double-checked the little 'fish' from then on. )

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That is very sound advice. Installing the link clip backwards can be hazardous. It happens because the person is not paying attention to the fact that the top of the chain runs forward and the bottom of the chain runs toward the back. So depending on where you break the chain, you can install the clip facing forward or backwards and be right or wrong depending on if you're at the top or bottom of the rotation.

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"Swimming upstream" of course refers to the DIRECTION of chain-travel.

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