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Old 12-01-2012, 08:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, just bought that Motion Pro chain remover/press/riveter tool. It's a nifty little gadget. I attempted to remove my chain with it last week, and I failed miserably. I actually ended up breaking the extractor pin that was designed to push the pin out of the chain. Here's my question:

How do you remove the pin from the chain?

According to instructions and most internet videos, you just put the tool on the chain and push the pin through! But, I also didn't notice(nor did they mention) that if it was a master link they were extracting from, or another random link on the chain. I saw a few videos with a grinder of some sort to grind down the rivet from the master link to push it through. I would do that if I had such a tool...

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Hey guys, just bought that Motion Pro chain remover/press/riveter tool. It's a nifty little gadget. I attempted to remove my chain with it last week, and I failed miserably. I actually ended up breaking the extractor pin that was designed to push the pin out of the chain. Here's my question:

How do you remove the pin from the chain?

According to instructions and most internet videos, you just put the tool on the chain and push the pin through! But, I also didn't notice(nor did they mention) that if it was a master link they were extracting from, or another random link on the chain. I saw a few videos with a grinder of some sort to grind down the rivet from the master link to push it through. I would do that if I had such a tool...

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With the larger chains you have to grind the head of the riveted link off first, it will come right out after that.
Dremel, file, drill with a grinding disc
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^^
I 2nd what he said
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@(#*. I have no such tool... Guess it's going to have to wait until I can get my hands on one x_x.
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Many manufacturers recommend against using a clip style master link. I have never had one fail.

Unless you are using a very high quality chain rivet tool, it WILL give you problems. As said, grinding off the head of the pin in usually the quickest, easiest way to go. Just be careful with the O rings on that style of chain. Also pay attention to the link plates when you remove links or you may be removing an extra link.
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Went ahead and bought a Drimmel, as I knew I'd be using one anyway on other projects. I'll tell you how the chain exchange goes.
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I just did this about 2 weeks ago with the same tool. You need to grind off the rivets, then use the tool to push one out to break the chain. You don't need anything special for that part of the job, a drill with a grinding wheel, a punch and hammer will get you that far. The MP tool is especially handy to seat the plate on the new chain, and of course essential to set the rivets. Follow the directions, mine worked great!
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Just finished up. The only thing I was concerned with was the riveting process. It seems to be secured on there fairly tight. It cost me a fair bit, but now I have the tools to do it in the future.

EK Chain: $112
Motion Pro Tool: $72
Drimmel 3000: $73

The tools cost me roughly 2 hours of labor, so I will save if I intend to keep this for a few more sets of chains/sprockets.
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Just finished up. The only thing I was concerned with was the riveting process. It seems to be secured on there fairly tight. It cost me a fair bit, but now I have the tools to do it in the future.

EK Chain: $112
Motion Pro Tool: $72
Drimmel 3000: $73

The tools cost me roughly 2 hours of labor, so I will save if I intend to keep this for a few more sets of chains/sprockets.
I use my dermel probably more than any other power tool I have.
aside from air tools.
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@(#*. I have no such tool... Guess it's going to have to wait until I can get my hands on one x_x.
Try using a file to grind down the pin. Most chain tools can't push the pin through w/o grinding.
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