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Thread: Endless question

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    Endless question

    Im currently dismantling a ZRX which was owned by someone who didnt like the bike by the look of things. The chain is a nice gold colour but has a clip link in it. I know this is not how Kawasaki intended it to be, has anyone ever fitted a clip link chain to a large capacity bike? I mean, whats the worst that could happen?

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    Re: Endless question

    I have used them on many bikes ( from a Gs550 to a Hayabusa) with no problems
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    Re: Endless question

    Nigel (aka z1 racer) has one on his and all is good

    That said, the worst that can happen is the retaining clip can come adrift / let go allowing the plates to separate leading to loss of chain (not sure how it can / does happen if the clip is fitted properly TBH) but having had one let go on a zed thou many moons ago, its a fookin scary time so from that day on I have always rivetted them


    That said I dont think it would worry me now as much
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    Re: Endless question

    Only ever used them on smaller bikes like a 500 twin. They 'should' be fine, but to be honest I'd always put a rivet link in just to be on the safe side.

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    Re: Endless question

    Took a large chunk out of my ZX10 (early ZX) engine when one let go

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    Re: Endless question

    Thanks for the comments, think I'll do te rivets belt n braces n all that.

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    Re: Endless question

    In theory, they're absolutely fine & should give no issue when fitted correctly to a properly maintained chain. After all, 200+ bhp WSB bikes use them. 250+ bhp MotoGP bikes use them & 1000+ bhp drag bikes use them.
    When you think about it, they dont actually do much & theres absolutely no pressure on the clip & it takes absolutely no power.
    The problem arises if the clip is fitted incorrectly, or back to front . . . and if the chain isn't properly maintained.
    If youre going to ignore chain maintenance, probably best to fit a soft link.

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    Re: Endless question

    Quote Originally Posted by bikesnoopy View Post
    When you think about it, they dont actually do much & theres absolutely no pressure on the clip & it takes absolutely no power.
    On a GS500 I had back in the early 90s, I came to lube the chain and noticed the clip was completely missing. Don't know how long it hadn't been on, but I must have been riding a while without the clip and the link stayed put no problem.

    As you say, no pressure really goes to the side plates (in a sideways motion anyway) so it's not a massive issue using them. However it was the fact I lost one that I started to only use rivet links.

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    Re: Endless question

    That was so called rust welded connection
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