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Just finished installing my new D.I.D. chain yesterday, and in a rush, forgot to grease the sideplates/pins on the master link before I pressed and riveted the plates. I put grease all over the master link after it was installed...will that suffice? Is it a big deal not to have grease inside the master link rings?
 

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Re: Installed Mater Link - Did Not Grease First

Bummer. No first-hand experience, but it will probably wear out faster. You could get a new master link and cut the old one off. That should only cost a few bucks.
 

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Didn't it already have grease on it? The RK ones I get come covered in grease. I just press them on and go.
I know they say not to reuse them but I have in a pinch with out any problems. Master links are less than $20
Good luck
 

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Your chain is going to explode one you reach 9,869 rpms and you will die!!


No srsly just keep lubing it with the regular chain duty and I don't think you'll ever have a problem based on some of the neglected rusty chains I see people riding around on. The grease was only for those 2 X-rings to move smoothly against the side plates till you get a chance to lube the chain after the first 400-600 miles.
 

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It should have already been greased out of the package. I've never worked with one that wasn't covered straight out of the plastic.
 

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Hmmm, every rivet master link I've seen has come dry, with a little package of grease to smear it with. The whole point of an O-ring chain is for the o-rings to hold lube inside and to keep crap out. If you don't put any grease in there to start with it's never going to have any.
I'd get another M/L and do it over.
 

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Thanks, guys! Yeah, this master link was dry and came with a package of grease...oh well, I'll remember to do it next time. Appreciate all the responses, I'll keep an eye on the master link for a while and go with it.

Nexus, your guide to replacing a chain was excellent by the way.
 

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I would strongly advise to replace with a lubed link. I had a master link failure a few years ago because of the very same situation. Lucky the broken chain didn't make me crash or punch a hole in the cases. Spraying chain lube will do nothing for the inner pin lubrication.
 

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Do u use a dremmel on chain to shorten links or waste some money on a chain breaker???
Dunno that I'd call buying the right tool for the job a "waste". :)

I use a right angle grinder to grind the heads off and then a chain breaker to push the pins out.
 

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Wow, that is strange because I have never had a dry master link. They all come in a little cellophane package with the link the outside plate and the o-rings held together with a little piece of wire and they are all slathered with grease.
 

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Yep, mine was covered in a thick grease. Not that I would exactly know b/c Jeopardy98 did all the work ;D
 

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Wow, that is strange because I have never had a dry master link. They all come in a little cellophane package with the link the outside plate and the o-rings held together with a little piece of wire and they are all slathered with grease.
What brand??
 

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D.I.D. and RK both have come that way.
 

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Yes, I just looked up one and it shows it as coming with grease. I know that I just did one for a guy a few weeks ago and his came greased. The inconsistencies seem strange to me.

If the one the OP installed was dry then yes I would redo it. If not, he/she should be okay.
 

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I just installed 2 chains one on the motard and one on the SV and both one clip style for the motard and the rivet style for the sv and both DID were dry in the package with a little tube of grease.

I'd buy another link and replace it with grease this time.

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The chain comes very greased but the master links were very dry.

Just finished installing my new D.I.D. chain yesterday, and in a rush, forgot to grease the sideplates/pins on the master link before I pressed and riveted the plates. I put grease all over the master link after it was installed...will that suffice? Is it a big deal not to have grease inside the master link rings?
I've got 2 extra D.I.D. VM2 525 master links sitting around in sealed packs due to an order error with my last chain. If that's what you've got, PM your address and I'll send you one.

 

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Thanks, guys! Yeah, this master link was dry and came with a package of grease...oh well, I'll remember to do it next time. Appreciate all the responses, I'll keep an eye on the master link for a while and go with it.
I would recommend against this. As has already been said, the grease is supposed to be inside the link, and just keeping the chain lubed won't do anything. You should replace it now for two reasons:

- The master link is going to wear out much faster, and it will wear out the links on either side of it as well, so if you replace it with a proper lubed master link down the road, the damage will have already been done.

- If the master link fails, you're going to throw your chain, which is bad, bad news on a bike. Considering a new master link doesn't cost much, it's pretty stupid to risk it.
 
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