i used the trick where you wrap the largest chainring and largest cog then add 2 links, and my chain ended up being too long (problems with chain wrapping running granny front and 3rd inner cog (1-3)). took out 2 links was a little better but still had problems running a 1-3. took out 2 more links and all 8 cogs worked well for granny ring, but when i use my largest ring it couldn't get into the 3 or 4 largest cogs in the back. put one link back on and still had the problem.
my question is, is this normal? it's been a while and i never use a 1-8 or 3-1 combo but shouldn't i be able to? if it helps i'm running 22-32-44 and 12-28 cassette with SRAM 9.0SL short cage rear derailleur (rant: it's a 2000 gen derailleur with plastic parts god i hate that POS and the return spring popped out of it's seating today but it seems to still be functional? would love to get new drivetrain either newer alloy SRAM stuff or shimano okay rant over).