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BigZCas
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New Chain

#1 PostAuthor: BigZCas » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:39 pm

Nice simple job !! :evil:
Fitting a new chain to my Z1a, after struggling to push the link sideplate on, I noticed that the tool that I had loaned from a mate was not correct.
The holes in the internal piece were too close together by about 3mm, hence I could not shove the plate on (see attached).
(and I expected the piening bit to be the difficult part) :lol:
Could anyone advise what I should buy / method I should use to join the chain...
Thanks
Cas
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US 1978 Z1000a2, Luminous Green
UK 1974 Z1a 900, Candy Tone Brown/Orange

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Re: New Chain

#2 PostAuthor: BigZCas » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:27 pm

Looking on Ebay there is no reference of link spacings ?
Are they all the same :??
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Re: New Chain

#3 PostAuthor: zed1015 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:46 pm

I have the same tool and there are a couple of different spaced attachments for different chain pitches.
Think you may have the 530 one there and you need the 630 which is 1/8th inch (3mm approx.) longer between pins.
Just use the press tool without the attachment and work the side plate on alternatively from one pin to the other with the hollow press bolt, making sure not to go too far which will crush the 'O' rings.

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Re: New Chain

#4 PostAuthor: BigZCas » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:20 pm

Thanks Rob, will give it a go.
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Re: New Chain

#5 PostAuthor: PAULJAC47 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:50 pm

Proper chain riveting tool is the ideal tool but i have always used an old vice which i use an old sledge hammer head in as an anvil,let the chain droop down after fitting and use a concave metal punch to peen the pin links over,others will disagree but has always been a trusted technique for me.
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Re: New Chain

#6 PostAuthor: johny brando » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:06 am

PAULJAC47 wrote:Proper chain riveting tool is the ideal tool but i have always used an old vice which i use an old sledge hammer head in as an anvil,let the chain droop down after fitting and use a concave metal punch to peen the pin links over,others will disagree but has always been a trusted technique for me.


That all sounds very level headed & makes perfect sense to me Paul ........."Up there for thinking & down there for dancing aye ! "


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