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primary chains #505081 09/07/13 9:30 am
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When replacing do you just order from a McMaster Carr or stick with BB cycle shop? Should I worry about the 1/2 link or just adjust it up a hair more? I'm not looking to have an original bike just one that rides.
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Re: primary chains [Re: Red Lapierre] #505089 09/07/13 11:36 am
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If at all possible, avoid using half-links, as they are trouble.
If you think you need one, check the chain for wear and "stretch" due to wear or inadequate lubrication.
Better to replace the chain than the sprockets or, if the chain breaks, to have to replace the primary case or weld the engine case back together again.

Re: primary chains [Re: Red Lapierre] #505100 09/07/13 1:09 pm
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For the reason stated above, I would only use a quality chain such a Renold, Regina or DID. Primary chain breakages are disastrous.


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Re: primary chains [Re: Alex] #505101 09/07/13 1:16 pm
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Just to check:

Are you taking about the chain inside the engine cases or the one that drives the rear wheel?


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Re: primary chains [Re: Red Lapierre] #505102 09/07/13 1:19 pm
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Engine case.


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Re: primary chains [Re: Red Lapierre] #505228 09/08/13 11:05 am
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Probably should take Reynold off the quality list. Their corporate policy is no sales for motorcycle use. Apparently their lawyers decided their chain is not up to the rigors of a 50 year old motorcycle.

Re: primary chains [Re: Red Lapierre] #505231 09/08/13 11:23 am
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I thought that they came as endless single/duplex/triple chains and you couldn't add extra links.

Re: primary chains [Re: Red Lapierre] #505257 09/08/13 4:31 pm
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My HD is endless but none of my A10 are. All have master link and all have 1/2 link too.
My question was more to were are you buying them? I have order one from BB Shop.

Thanks to all.


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Re: primary chains [Re: Red Lapierre] #505259 09/08/13 4:37 pm
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Anglobike, this is generally true for unit applications but doesn't make much sense for non-unit bikes. Probably the reason BSA went back to single-row on the swingarm A7/A10. But riveting the chain would definitely be better than using a master link.


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Re: primary chains [Re: Red Lapierre] #505391 09/09/13 1:09 pm
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DID 428NZ 'racing' chain made for rear chain use on modern small MX bikes works/worked great on my hi-perf Goldie, (now with a belt primary). With solid rollers and carbide coated pins they wear very well and certainly many times better than the POS Reynolds chain.

This chain is a bit costly but available at your local MC dealer. You can cut the longer packaged lengths into 2+ BI primary chains, so be sure to order up extra master links.

BTW I also consider 1/2 links to be rubbish...

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Re: primary chains [Re: Red Lapierre] #505409 09/09/13 3:51 pm
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On my final drive chain I use a half link on my IWIS mega life chain. The bike gets an ubelieveable amount of thrashing through the chain and 1/2 link and the chain has not given one ounce of problems - not even needed adjusting after 3 thousand miles of use, So impressed that both my bikes now run this chain.

You get what you pay for in this world.

As with Dave though Reynolds chains (which are available now) are a POS. I found an old triplex chain for my primary, it needed a lot of adjustment at first but that was whilst it cut its mark into the tensioner blade. (That was crap too) The chain was of reasonable quality.


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After a conversation I had with Bill (Semper Gumby), I am trying Mobil 1 10w40 MC oil in my primary.
Hoping to be able to cut back on pri chain adjustment and get some longer life from the chain.
So far, good results - clutch frees up ok when cold and no slipping.
Mike

Re: primary chains [Re: DMadigan] #519402 12/19/13 11:41 am
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Originally Posted by DMadigan
Probably should take Reynold off the quality list. Their corporate policy is no sales for motorcycle use. Apparently their lawyers decided their chain is not up to the rigors of a 50 year old motorcycle.


Strange that, but you are absolutely right. They will only guarantee the chain for Industrial purposes.

Re: primary chains [Re: Red Lapierre] #519441 12/19/13 6:29 pm
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There are lots of articles about this on accessnorton.com website..A guy that goes by Andychain sells and has plenty of knowledge on chains..


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Re: primary chains [Re: Red Lapierre] #519445 12/19/13 7:04 pm
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When racing two-strokes fifty years ago, we avoided using "half-links" like they were contagious diseases. They never followed the sprockets properly and were always the weakest link ("weakest HALF-LINK?") in the chain.

If at all possible, either replace the chain due to wear stretch, or modify something in some way to adjust the chain to avoid the plague of the half-link.


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