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    He drop me Grasschopper's Avatar
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    Shimano master pin just like any other pin?

    Ok so I got a SRAM master link to put on my Salsa which has a Shimano HG-93 chain for easier removal. When I looked I couldn't find the master pin so I assumed it would look just like the others and just took the chain apart with no reguard to which pins I was removing. Well after a major soak and cleaning I reassembled the chain with the master link and while lubing the chain I found the master pin. So my question is does it matter that I took a different pin out? If it does I am not sure whay I would do anyway but I figured I would ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grasschopper
    Ok so I got a SRAM master link to put on my Salsa which has a Shimano HG-93 chain for easier removal. When I looked I couldn't find the master pin so I assumed it would look just like the others and just took the chain apart with no reguard to which pins I was removing. Well after a major soak and cleaning I reassembled the chain with the master link and while lubing the chain I found the master pin. So my question is does it matter that I took a different pin out? If it does I am not sure whay I would do anyway but I figured I would ask.
    Doesn't matter.

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    Thanks. Didn't think so but I wasn't doing anything else while I waited for my son to take a nap so I can go riding so I figured I would ask.
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    Actually, Shimano recommends removing a different pin each time that you break the chain.

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    The master pin on a shimano chain is a special non-riveting pin that has a shoulder and a guide post that breaks off after installation. The idea being that it is easy to install and less likely to get bad rivet punching(as is a chronic issue with chains, hence the sram powerlink.). Since the guide pin is snapped off after installation, they reccomend replacing it each time to avoid a bit hassle.
    Just use sram and be done with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbikerinpa
    The master pin on a shimano chain is a special non-riveting pin ......... they reccomend replacing it each time to avoid a bit hassle.
    See what RG had to say aabout it. Once installed, you don't mess with the special pin if breaking the chain again.

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    All the more hassle I'd say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbikerinpa
    All the more hassle I'd say.
    Yea but the point was that I had it set up as a normal Shimano chain with the master in and I just got the SRAM powerlink so I had to remove a pin (actually 2 and a link) so I wanted to be sure it was ok that I didn't remove the masterpin. Anyway just got back from a 30 mile ride and it worked great.

    Thanks for the comments everyone.
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