How to Install a Chain Master Link Clip

Installing a master link on roller chain is a straightforward process. After following this guide, you will be riding your go kart, bike, or motorcycle with confidence, having installed the retaining clip correctly!

Steps

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    Align the roller chain ends on the sprocket.
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    Install the plate and pin assembly. Push the assembly through both ends of the roller chain. Install the assembly so the grooved ends of the pins face outward.
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    Install the master link plate. The non-pin plate will go on the outside of the master link assembly.
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    Install the spring clip. First make sure the closed end of the spring clip will be at the head of chain travel, and the open end of the clip will trail the head end. Place the spring clip over the grooves in the pins, then use a flat head screwdriver to push the clip into place. You will hear a click when it snaps into place
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    You're done! Now go test out your newly assembled chain!

Tips

  • Non-o-ring chain may require special tools. These two tools include master link pliers, and a chain break tool.

Warnings

  • If using a flat head screwdriver to install the spring pin, make sure you keep your fingers out of the way.

Things You'll Need

  • flat head screwdriver
  • master link pliers
  • chain break tool
  • master link

Article Info

Categories: Bicycle Brake and Chain Maintenance