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Old 02-23-07, 06:27 PM   #1
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Is this a powerlink?



Is that a powerlink of some sorts? I had a local shop build up my bike so I don't know. Anyways I'm trying to take my chain apart. I bought a chain tool and tried using it but it didn't feel right. So can someone help me with this? I've tried searching but found nothing that looked like what I have.
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Old 02-23-07, 06:32 PM   #2
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Yes it looks like one, it's a little foggy.
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Old 02-23-07, 06:33 PM   #3
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Looks like one, the easiest way to tell is trial and error - just push the link together and see if it comes apart. You won't be able to put so much force on it that it will break a regular link.
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Old 02-23-07, 06:46 PM   #4
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pushing it together does nothing. But it looks more like a clip. That link has 2 regular sideplates like all the other links but on that side I showed in the picture it has slightly longer rivets, the other sideplate on that link has nothing special about it, does that help or am I doing something wrong with the chain tool.
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Take a small flathead screwdriver and put it in like I have illustrated in the photo, twist it so it spreads the two 'prongs' and slide it back, the clip will then pull off.

This is a BMX style master link.

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When you pull it apart it will look like 2 L's
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It does look like this, right?


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yes. Is it really that simple? A screwdriver, should I return the chaintool, I would rather put that money to another lock if I don't need the tool.
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Chainbreaker is a great tool to have around, I would keep it.
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Doesn't look like a SRAM or KMC link. Looks like an older style master link that might have been on a 3-speed, etc.
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got it off and everything looks good. Thanks for the help everyone. The chain is a KMC by the way, I guess it could be a different link, I don't know a lot about chains.
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Doesn't look like a SRAM or KMC link. Looks like an older style master link that might have been on a 3-speed, etc.
That's exactly what it looks like. I had one on my first "big" bike in the 1960s. Make sure that the two legs of the spring clip point opposite to the chain's direction of travel, else it will tend to work its way off.

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Doesn't look like a SRAM or KMC link. Looks like an older style master link that might have been on a 3-speed, etc.
It is. Also used on some old bmx'es.
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Just like my 1973 XLCH and my 1974 TM250.
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Does anyone still sell them? It's all back together and ready to go tommorow. Thanks for all the help everyone I couldn't find anything about them on any other site.
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It's a master link for single speed chains. I have better results with needle nose pliers. I use them on all the beach cruisers at work. They are $12 for a box of 50.
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Does anyone still sell them? It's all back together and ready to go tommorow. Thanks for all the help everyone I couldn't find anything about them on any other site.
If your LBS shop doesn't stock them, go to a Motorcylcle shop that sells Dirt bikes--must have removed & reinstalled them a thousand times when I was racing way back when. Never had any major problems with them and the motorized bikes sure as hell put out more torque than is possible with a pedal bike.

As stated before just make sure the ROUNDED (closed) end of the CLIP faces the direction of rotation of the chain and also that the CLIP is locked in the GROOVES in the PINS of the link.
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