I can't believe the problems I'm having installing a new Shimano UG 7 spd chain. It comes with this non-standard "quick link"; two-piece master link (see pic). It consists of a plate with two pins, and a connecting plate that secures this to the chain. The connecting plate has an enlarged opening on one end. This goes on to one of the pins, the plate is then pushed up, and the other end is pressed on to the second pin. I have tried following the instructions and a prior thread on this, and still can't get it on. I have tried bending the quick link outward with as much force as I can; and I even tried using pliars to squeeze the connecting plate on. It ain't working. I tried pushing the connecting plate as far on to the first pin as possible, tried bending the links to get it on, tried stretching the links to get it on... it ain't getting on. So much for "quick" link.
Do I even need this $#@ thing? Especially when the instructions say once it's on, it should not be installed a second time! I have a couple of extra links. Is it just as good, if not better, for me to simply install another link, instead of this "special" so-called quick link?