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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
Only true for riveted chains. Traditional pinned chains can be done without a master link.

FWIW, none of my 1/8" chains are riveted; is riveting only done on modern narrow road (3/32") chains?
Yes, it can be done on a traditional pinned chain, but you still run the risk of damaging the sideplate, which could lead to failure. I've seen it happen more than once. You have to be very careful and drive the pin in straight and then look very carefully to make sure you did not bend, distort, crack or other wise damage it. The master-link is much safer and easier.
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