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Old 08-01-09, 08:46 AM   #1
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How to remove quick link?

I'm trying to release the quick link on my Sram 8 speed chain. I've tried squeezing the link with my fingers but can't get it. I've tried long needle-nose pliers but they slip off. Is there a special tool for this?? Maybe something like a skinny jaw pliers? Help!!! This is stupid.
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Old 08-01-09, 08:56 AM   #2
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I had similar problem with my SRAM master link. Eventually I cut it with a Dremel tool and install a Wipperman Connex.

http://www.connexchain.com/Connector...ink/1_309.html

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Old 08-01-09, 08:59 AM   #3
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I had trouble with mine the first time as well. Best advice I got was to first clean it well, and then bathe it in solvent to loosen the crud. Then, squeeze the plates of the master link together at the same time as you push the rollers together. Should pop open.
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Old 08-01-09, 10:03 AM   #4
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I'm trying to release the quick link on my Sram 8 speed chain. I've tried squeezing the link with my fingers but can't get it. I've tried long needle-nose pliers but they slip off. Is there a special tool for this?? Maybe something like a skinny jaw pliers? Help!!! This is stupid.
It's rather easy, but hard to explain. First, wipe off dirt, crud from the side plates of the link. You need friction between your fingers and plates. Then using your thumb and forefinger, squeeze the plates together and slide the plates as if you were snapping your fingers (look at the elongated slot and make sure you're sliding in the right direction). And that should do it. You'll need to develop a feel for it, but once you do it, it literally takes seconds. Remember, it's a squeeze and slide operation. And it's even easier to reassemble.
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Here's a sketch to illustrate what Mudpie said. As he says, look at the elongated slot and make sure you're trying to slide it in the right direction. Then apply pressure with your finger and thumb simultaneously in the direction of the four arrows. Remember the link must be squeezed together before it becomes free to slide. It will reconnect as soon as you place any tension on the chain, but check to make sure it's firmly in place. You should feel it give.

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Here's a sketch to illustrate what Mudpie said. As he says, look at the elongated slot and make sure you're trying to slide it in the right direction. Then apply pressure with your finger and thumb simultaneously in the direction of the four arrows. Remember the link must be squeezed together before it becomes free to slide. It will reconnect as soon as you place any tension on the chain, but check to make sure it's firmly in place. You should feel it give.

Good diagram! A picture is worth 1k words. It's 10x easier to do than explain.
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Here's a visual aid to doing this:

http://bicycletutor.com/quick-release-chain-link/
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Old 08-01-09, 11:55 AM   #8
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Another option for SRAM and Superlinks is to use a Park MLP-1 pliers;
Just slip it into the chain and apply a little bit of pressure on the rollers,
while squeezing the sides plates with two fingers to unlatch the pins.
This is much easier for a slippery chain that is on the bike with derailleur tension on it.

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Thanks for all the help and the quick responses! I cleaned the link, oiled it, and tried applying pressure with my fingers per the diagram above. I was not successful. Maybe I was not doing it right or maybe the link was just stubborn.

I ground an old pair of crimping pliers to fit with a semi-circular notch on each jaw. I had to use both hands and a pair of work gloves to get the link loose.
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LOL... I just watched the Park Tools video on their MLP-1 pliers. My tool was basically the same as the MLP-1. But the video shows a guy gently operating the tool with no effort. In my case I had both hands on the tool, work gloves, and my face was turning red.
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Old 08-01-09, 04:04 PM   #11
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LOL... I just watched the Park Tools video on their MLP-1 pliers. My tool was basically the same as the MLP-1. But the video shows a guy gently operating the tool with no effort. In my case I had both hands on the tool, work gloves, and my face was turning red.
If it takes a lot of force, you are doing something wrong.
You just need to squeeze the sideplates a little bit to unlatch the pin head from the plate before the pins will slide toward each other.
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If it takes a lot of force, you are doing something wrong.
You just need to squeeze the sideplates a little bit to unlatch the pin head from the plate before the pins will slide toward each other.
I concur. When I squeeze my fingers together, I am not pinching with much force. I doesn't take much to release that link. The trick is to pinch, then slide.

It may help to remove the tension from the chain by dropping it of the chainring.

Since you have the chain off, you may want to practice with an unmounted chain. It won't take long to master the master link.

(I'm a big fan of SRAM chains and cassettes).
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Old 08-01-09, 04:37 PM   #13
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+1 on the Park master link pliers. Usually I can open the Powerlinks with just my fingers. But a set of master link pliers comes in handy for the occasional stubborn case.
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The bicycletutor link above is helpful, OP--you should also watch that.
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Here's a visual aid to doing this:

http://bicycletutor.com/quick-release-chain-link/

LOVE that website! Alex does a GREAT job!
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First time with one of these quick release links. Getting this down is tricky. After about 20 minutes of greased up hands, pinching my fingers, and futzing with it, I looked up this thread & finally got it to pop off.
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Sorry to resurrect this thread again but its the first time cleaning the chain (KMC) from a new bike I received last year. Trying to do reassembly and both sides of the quick link look identical, as does the chain. Does the reassembly direction of the chain or quick link matter? Thank you.
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Sorry to resurrect this thread again but its the first time cleaning the chain (KMC) from a new bike I received last year. Trying to do reassembly and both sides of the quick link look identical, as does the chain. Does the reassembly direction of the chain or quick link matter? Thank you.
The only link on which that matters is the Wippermann.
Superlink/SRAM/KMC are all composed of two identical parts, so it make no difference.
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The only link on which that matters is the Wippermann.
Superlink/SRAM/KMC are all composed of two identical parts, so it make no difference.
Thank you
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I use KMC links. I find that the first time or two they are tough to undo. If you flex the chain so that the link is horizontal and the two ends of the chain are hanging down (looks like a Stonehenge monument, I'm too lazy to take a picture and upload), you can use whatever pliers you like to squeeze it open, you don't have to buy the Park tool or grind down a pair of needlenose pliers.
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Get the pliers. They are cheap and will last longer than you will. bk
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Get the pliers. They are cheap and will last longer than you will. bk
They may be cheap but you can do the same job with an old spoke bent into a U shape. With a limp chain, feed the threaded end through each link around the quick link and squeeze together.
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When my quick link seems stubborn, take a piece of single strand wire and loop on either side of the quick link and twist it up tight with a pair of pliers. The quick link will pull right in, then simply cut the wire off with nippers.
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