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Changing a Chain with a Motion Pro Chain Breaker and Riveting Tool

>> Ashley Benson

Motorcycle chains can seem to be a bit of an enigma when it comes to motorcycle maintenance. Sure, we all know that our rides need them to run properly, but the idea of knowing when and how to change it all out drives most motorcycle riders to run straight to the mechanic to drop a stack of dough to have someone else deal with it. But we're big fans of the "do it yourself" attitude and would like to dispel any and all reservations about how to maintain a chain and what tools to use.

Step one:
Read the guide on How to: Maintain and change your motorcycle's chain and sprockets. We promise that it's not as boring as it sounds and it should clear up most of the questions you may have about how to maintain your chain.

Step Two:
Snag a Motion Pro Chain Riveting Tool. Nothing helps with good chain maintenance and replacement more than having a reliable and easy to use tool such as this one. We've fallen in love with this guy's ability to push the pins to do everything you could possibly need to do with a chain without requiring you to buy a whole slew of gadgets.

Step Three:
Breaking Chains: The Motion Pro Chain Riveting Tool is completely capable of breaking chains up to size 630.

Tip: When breaking chains above a 520, we recommend grinding off the rivet heads first in order to prevent premature wear on the breaking tips.

In order to properly break a chain, be sure to only tighten the push bolt by hand. Even if you encounter some resistance, using a power tool of any sort will most likely damage the tool. If you're not capable of breaking the chain by hand, the chances are that the tool isn't lined up properly. While you may encounter some tension when first breaking the chain, it should go rather smoothly once the breaking tip has pushed through the chain link. If not, back it out and check that the breaking tips are aligned properly with the chain pin then try again.

Step Four:
Pressing Side Plates: After switching around a few parts, the Motion Pro Chain Riveting Tool is wonderful for pressing the side plates on your new chain.

Tip: Be sure to assemble the chain and use the pin protrusion specifications provided by the chain manufacturer. The Motion Pro Chain Riveting Tool is perfect for a variety of chain types and sizes and the specifications will be different for every chain.

Line up the Motion Pro Chain Riveting Tool with the side plate with the pins against the grooved press plate and hand tighten the bolt until the press plates touch the master link side plates. Once everything is lined up, use a 14mm wrench to tighten the bolt until the pins are sticking out past the face of the side plate.

It'll be a little different for different types of master links. With a clip type master link, make sure that the pins protrude enough to install the clip into the grooves. On a rivet type master link, the pins should be pushed out enough to flare over the side plate.

Step Five:
Riveting Chain Pins: With the side plates already pressed, the Motion Pro Chain Riveting Tool can be switched around to help you rivet the chain pins as well.

Once the tool is properly set up, slide it over the pin that you would like to rivet with the hollow end of the pin facing the rivet tip.

Tip: It always helps to have the bolt backed out enough so that the rivet tip is able to clear the end of the pin. Tighten the bolt until it rests against the side plate and check to make sure it is aligned.

Then, use the 14mm wrench to tighten the bolt until the rivet tip has spread the hollow end of the pin. This should cause the pin to be flared so that it holds the side plate in place. Repeat with the other pin.

Tip: Once again, check the chain manufacturer for the specifications on how much flare there should be. A typical flare will require less than one full turn but can be even less.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 5:33:30 AM
David said:

Nice article, but perhaps a short video would have been more effective at showing the tool in use and the steps in replacing a chain.


Thursday, September 15, 2011 11:40:29 AM
Ralph said:

Wow I just done this job on a 630 Oring chain.. wish I had used the grinder first. link came out hard but no damage to the Breaker tool.. The plate press I bet beats the use of a C-Clamp..


Thursday, September 15, 2011 12:34:43 PM
Derek Gardner said:

thanks - just like a bike chain - except that my bike chain tool is waaaaaay too small! Thanks, keep those articles coming! Derek is the web's largest powersports store with more than 8 million factory fresh motorcycle parts, apparel, accessories and more online, including motorcycle helmets, motorcycle boots, motorcycle gloves and more.