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Bike drive chain jointing methods

Bike drive chain jointing methods

Bike drive chain jointing methods

When should a chain be joined using a splint-link and when should it be joined using a riveted plate? What are the differences and advantages/disadvantages?

RE: Bike drive chain jointing methods

I've read many places that the riveted plates are stronger and that the split links can fail.  That being said myself and thousands of other have put thousands of miles on spit link chains with no problems.  

To me it is easier for a home mechanic to properly install the clip than to properly mushroom the rivet.  If a professional is installing the chain, there may be some truth to the rivet being stronger.

Also, if the chain passes through the swingarm, removal of the split chain is much easier.

RE: Bike drive chain jointing methods

I have seen many split links fall off. Always go for the rivet link. Invest in a good chain pressing tool, DID make one, or get the shop to do it.

RE: Bike drive chain jointing methods

I doubt that they "fall off" but I ve spent time on both dirt track and road racing and the only ones that I knew of that failed were worn out or installed wrong.

I guess you will have to ask what type of ridding will I do and will I do  my own maintenance


RE: Bike drive chain jointing methods

for high speed, high power, where failure is serious or dangerous, I'd go with riveting.

Most often the clip does not break, it is flicked off by catching something as chain travels around.
For the Observed Trials riding we do, big steps logs, rocks, just put the splice link in with the clip on the inside (assuming there is clearance to cases etc).
However you do it, the closed end must face the front, direction of travel so it doesn't get picked open and off if it touches a log/rock. stone, piece of ice or mud, etc.


RE: Bike drive chain jointing methods

I've raced bikes for a while, from 250's thro to 1000's, split links fail too easily.  When I've had to use one in an emergency I've always replaced it asap.  Lost a coiuple of chains myself due to split links, not pleasent.

Above 60BHP, I'd always rivit


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