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I am replacing my chain and sprockets. I cut the old chain off with my grinder and installed a new front sprocket. The New chain is a new DID 525 continuous chain (OEM take off from another bike). I break the new chain with my chain breaker because I don't want to take the swing arm off.

I go to my local dealer and buy an O-ring 525 clip master link. It has "525" stamped on it. I will not go into the round hole. The link I removed fits like a champ no problems. The diameter of the new master link pins is too large to fit. I thought about drilling it slightly, but this stuff is HARD. I am returning to the dealer today.

Anyone else have a similar story/solution to the problem??????
 

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Master links are not universal. You need a DID 525 master link to match your chain.

Also make sure you did not bend the plates on the chain when you removed the other link.
 

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Thanks for the quick response. I thought 525 was 525---apparently not. I was careful to no bent the plates, but the internal barrell (sp?) did slip to one side and I taped it slightly with a punch to put it back even.

Is that detrimental???
 

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Nah, that should work out ok when you press the new plates of the master link together. Just means you might have to press a little harder ;D
 

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Thanks for all the help. I am returning to get a DID, and will keep you posted.
 

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Well, I found out that master links are not universal, and the DID factory (DID--comes stock on 1st gen suzuki) does not recommend that you use a clip style o-ring master link on a "high horsepower bike" . That sounds like "legalese" to me. Also, DID makes a 525 VM that also comes in Gold. This is the only clip style my local dealer could locate.

Don't want that on my silver/grey chain. Finally got the correct one ordered after talking to DID customer service 562-438-8089( that number is hard to find). I wound up getting it from sprocket specialist.

Wow, what a bitch Nona was on the phone, she would not let me talk to her tech guy, and was adamate about the fact that all the chains they sold (including DID) were Black.

Sounds like a generic statement to me.
 

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Krash.

My 525 was "continuous" as they say in the chain business, and came off a low mileage sv from e-bay. The prev. owner was converting to the 520. I only paid $35 for chain and sprockets and they look brand new.

Never the less, it did not have a link in it, and I had to break it ( with a chain breaker) to put it on. Otherwise I would have had to remove my shock and swing arm. Which I did not want to do.

525 clip style master link on order from Sprocket Specialties. I will keep you posted on how well they do.
 

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Just to follow up on my learning experience.

Sprocket specialties sent me a DID 525 clip style master link, they said was "black --like all the other chains they sell". It arrived Monday and fits like a champ and matches the original continuous chain color I call "grey".

My dealer could only find a part number for DID 525 clip style in gold. I will put it on this weekend and ride if it is not raining.

Thanks for all your help and feedback.
 
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