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Offline RoyC

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Split Link
« on: 10.07. 2017 15:00 »
I am looking for a split link.
The hand book states 5/8 x 3/8, is this correct ? I can only see links for DID chains, what are DID chains ?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DID-530-50-Chain-Clip-Cliplink-5-8-x-3-8-Motorcycle-Chain-Joining-Split-Link-/360440168947?hash=item53ebe881f3:g:n5IAAOxy63FS6i6s

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Re: Split Link
« Reply #1 on: 10.07. 2017 15:11 »
DID is the name of the supplier, Reynolds used to be the most popular make  just type DID chains into google and you can go to their website

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Re: Split Link
« Reply #2 on: 10.07. 2017 15:12 »
Hi Roy,
DID is just a brand name
Beware different makes of chain use different pin sizes and plate widths
Check you existing chain for brand marking, and work from there

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Re: Split Link
« Reply #3 on: 10.07. 2017 15:21 »
As already stated be careful as the split link is not interchangeable with different brands of chain.
My latest is  chain is Regina and seems of good quality and lasting well.
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Re: Split Link
« Reply #4 on: 10.07. 2017 16:40 »
I use Renolds chains, as were originally fitted. There are many alternatives, including various O ring 530 chains. As mentioned, make sure your spring link is the same make as your chain.
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Re: Split Link
« Reply #5 on: 10.07. 2017 17:08 »
Thank lads, well I learn a little more every day.
It looks like I have some investigation to do.
Is the makers name stamped on every link ?
I have a fully enclosed chain so have to do a bit of striping down to find a name.
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Re: Split Link
« Reply #6 on: 10.07. 2017 17:17 »
Reynolds is definately stamped on side plate but having looked at some old ones not each link and not always on both sides.    You may be able to check by simply removing the rubber bung in chaincase.

Cant say about other makes.

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Re: Split Link
« Reply #7 on: 10.07. 2017 17:24 »
 All the buddies I hang out with that have old bikes swear by DID XL chains.

 So of course I had to be different and bought Regina. *smile*

 The have Hardlies, I have a BSA.

 Your chain should be a 530 regardless of who made it.

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Re: Split Link
« Reply #8 on: 10.07. 2017 18:37 »
Have a chat with this bloke;
http://www.the-chain-man.co.uk/
There isn't a thing about chains he don't know...
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Re: Split Link
« Reply #9 on: 10.07. 2017 21:29 »
I stock Regina and Elite chains. I haven't had any problems with either. I also stock split links separately. Some customers, when buying chain, buy an extra split link. This chart might be helpful.  https://sites.google.com/site/priorymagnetos/chains

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Re: Split Link
« Reply #10 on: 10.07. 2017 22:03 »
I stock Regina and Elite chains. I haven't had any problems with either. I also stock split links separately. Some customers, when buying chain, buy an extra split link. This chart might be helpful.  https://sites.google.com/site/priorymagnetos/chains

Hi Andrew,
Not looking for a new chain at the moment, just a spare split link but I didn't realize that it was so complicated,  *dunno*
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Re: Split Link
« Reply #11 on: 11.07. 2017 07:21 »
http://www.wikihow.com/Install-a-Chain-Master-Link-Clip

And to complicate matters further must only be fitted one way  *smiley4*
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Re: Split Link
« Reply #12 on: 11.07. 2017 14:22 »
Don't know for certain about an A10, but none of my unit construction Brits (Triumph, Norton, and BSA) could accommodate an o-ring chain. The o-rings make the total package wider, causing it to rub on the gearbox case, primary, or both.

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Re: Split Link
« Reply #13 on: 11.07. 2017 15:55 »
Roy, easiest way , if you've got a local motorbike shop is take the chain and see if they have the right link oh plus a spare.
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Re: Split Link
« Reply #14 on: 11.07. 2017 17:34 »
A unit construction Norton? Must be a lightweight. I have never tried an O ring chain on an A7 or A10 but I have heard that there is room to accommodate the extra width. Can anyone confirm? Certainly no chance with a big Norton twin. Even going from a 5/16 x 5/8 to a 3/8 x 5/8 can cause grief.
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