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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Has a bad link on mine, been 7 years so I figure gotta change it along with the sprockets, problem right now is I cannot remove the chain without proper tools, so I checked the net and it costs around $50-$150, which sucks for me since I'll use it only once.

Now, I can use a hack saw to cut it, the new part is on the way, but since I haven't seen it yet I'm not sure if I STILL need a proper tool to install it.

As for the sprockets, the rear one shouldn't be a problem, the front one I was thinking to put the bike in first gear and try to turn the nut, as long as I don't rock it I should be good?

So ... any inputs?

Thanks guys and gals,

YF
 
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The new chain should come with a master link, mine did, and then I just cut the old one off. Carry an extra master link and if you ever have trouble, you can get home.
 
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If it's a monoshock bike, you should be able to get the chain off by just removing the rear wheel. I didn't want to take the wheel off which is why I cut the chain off.
 

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Hmmmm really?

It is a monoshock (96 YAM FZR600). I'd have to take the wheel off anyway since I'm replacing the rear sprocket also. Don't know where my repair manual is so I'm doing it as it goes, but I'll look into it.

Thanks,

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Chain breakers are kinda salty if you're only going to use it once every couple years. If it doesn't have a master link you can grind the heads off the pins with a Dremel tool or some other type of grinder and tap them through with a punch and hammer, you'll be there awhile with a hacksaw if it's a decent chain. You'll have to remove the rear wheel to replace the rear sprocket and you should replace the front one also. Sometimes you need an impact to change the front ones, even putting it in gear doesn't help as the engine just turns over. Loosen it before you take the chain off. I've had to jam stuff through the swingarm and rear wheel to get some front sprockets loose, I don't recomend doing that for anyone but myself on my own junk as if you're not careful you can damage the rear wheel or swingarm.

Find your manual because you'll have to line everything up when it's all said and done which it sounds like you already know how to do. The bolts for sprockets should be torqued the proper amount if you have the spec. You can get away without torquing them though.
 

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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
hmmm though the chain is bad right now I think I can work around that fact to remove the front sprocket. I think jamming the rear wheel shouldn't be a problem, and yeah I have a pretty good idea on how to line it up after, just haven't done it before on motorcycles (a lot on bicycles though lol).

Also I looked at the chain - looked like it's removable as said, but not going to be easy.

Thanks for the tips,

YF
 

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Ok that's ****!!!

The drive chain I ordered didn't come with the master link like I hoped, but instead it's some sort of "dead lock" master link that you have to use the tool to rivet it and it'll stay there forever. I don't really want to buy a $50 tool for 1 time use, or maybe twice in the future, so do I have other options?

Another question is ... does anyone know the size of the nut that holds the front sprocket on 1996 Yamaha FZR600? I was thinking about buying a bunch or sockets and try them out but since I'm posting here might as well ask if anyone knows.

Thanks,

YF
 

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Take the chain with you to a shop and they should be able to get you a clip type master link. Last one I bought was $2.45 a couple weeks ago. the reason why you take the chain with you is so they get the right one as in chain size, pin length and pin diameter. There were about 5 different master links for my 530 chain.

No idea on the socket size, sorry.
 

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Lol alright so I tried on 30mm and 32mm on the nut and it must be something in between. Sears didn't have anything 31mm, not sure if they have any 1 7/32. Man simple thing turned out to be a bit tough just because I cannot find the right part!!!

As for the master link, I researched around and they (around the internet) said the clip type master link is weaker than other links and it's not a good idea to use it on a sport bike since they pull a lot harder than reg bikes. I'd say they got a point, but just don't know how hard (I do go pretty fast when there are no cars around - I love speed).

Now there is another option for this but I haven't looked at: I can bring the chain to the shop and have them rivet it for me, that if it is like Uesque said that I can take the chain out without breaking a link, meaning I can PUT the chain back the same way. I haven't had time to look at this yet (working on my basement project), so ... will see.

Thanks,

YF
 

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I'm thinking to put it back on after it's rivited you'll have to pull the swingarm off. Master links are a little bit weaker but I've never had a problem with them, except when I take them off and loose them.

Good place to find large metric sockets? Big auto parts chain stores like pep Boys, AutoZone, Advance Auto and so on.
 

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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Alright so I managed to installed the chain. Problem now is, when the old chain went it took the pushrod with it. Since it was just sorta take it out and put the new one in I didn't bother asking. I did just that, and clutch is not working (as in when I squeezed the clutch it didn't release the gear)!!! WTF? So I did research around and some sites said after installing the clutch and new push rod the guy let the engine run for about 10 minutes. Is that something that I missed or is it something else?

I know I didn't put oil in yet so if there must be oil I can do that.

Oh yeah and no it didn't take me that long to do the whole thing, I've just been busy working on the house :)

Thanks,

YF
 

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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
lol I was afraid you'd ask that. No I've been still looking for it. Maybe I should spend $30 for a new one ...
 

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Well, I came home yesterday from work, went to adjust the clutch as instructed by my local store (the screw at the end of the pushrod), also started the bike and everything worked. I'm not sure which fixed the problem but only thing I can say is "phew!!!". Next week I'll start riding again after I replace my brake pads! Woohoo!

YF
 
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