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Chain Breaker/Riveter

Anyone got any suggestions of a decent chain tool? Ive got a cheap nasty one but dont think I would trust it enough to take it on my travels. Want something sturdy/compact and reliable.
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I think carrying such a tool is an extravagant use of available space/weight.

A basic drift/punch, pliers and mole-grip are far more useful and already carried. Plus a few heavy rocks on the track side, as both hammer and anvil.

They did the trick for us in deepest Siberia when a chain snapped which we repaired with a couple of 'soft' links. That got us to a workshop several weeks later!

Biggest difficulty was the hungry mosquitos and no chain tool can deal with them.
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I think carrying such a tool is an extravagant use of available space/weight.

A basic drift/punch, pliers and mole-grip are far more useful and already carried. Plus a few heavy rocks on the track side, as both hammer and anvil.

They did the trick for us in deepest Siberia when a chain snapped which we repaired with a couple of 'soft' links. That got us to a workshop several weeks later!

Biggest difficulty was the hungry mosquitos and no chain tool can deal with them.
A chain tool would have avoided having to get you to a mechanic!
You could have done a permanent repair, and rocks tend to be a bit sparse in some places.
There are some nice light weight chain tools out there.
Motion pro do an ace one. zenoverland.com sell em.

As a mechanic I've seen many a thing "hammered" into a "will get you by" situation where a proper repair was a tool away and would have, well, repaired it!
A chain tool is such a thing
You hammer something, it distorts!
Although, in some cases, a variable pressure applicator does have it's uses!

But, each to their own!
There's lot's of "over loaded with useless stuff" bikes out there.
Just an opinion.

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I carry the Motion Pro T-6 Chain Tool. Very small and lightweight. I helped someone fix a chain without a chain tool once and it worked, but I would never have trusted that chain again for any significant distance. After that, I decided carrying a chain tool is a small enough sacrifice to guard against a possibly mangled field repair resulting in the need to buy a new chain. But no, it is not necessary by any stretch of the imagination.
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I carry a DRC Aluminium chain tool.
It's not heavy.
It's not bulky.
It fixes chains.

It's wrapped up in a little bag with a few new and used split links and some bits and bobs of chain.

I've done a few chain repairs in the past with wire, bits of nail, etc to limp home. But having seen how much damage a broken chain can do to a bike, I'd much rather do it right and only do it once.
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Cheers people, the drc alu tool looks pretty good. Im a mechanic too and would rather do 'first time fix'. No point doin a job twice.
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i have a small motion pro one and would say its worth stashing somewhere on bike.
a broken chain from a lashe repair is not the end of the world....but is not quite so rosey when the broken chain wraps round front sprocket and demolishes crankcases...ouch....
i actualy know someone that welded a link plate on a honda crf450 to try it up the road..15 minutes later it was pissing oil out from a hole in left case..oopsy.
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Does the Motion Pro tool do the whole gig, split and rivet? I had a feeling it only works on split links, I'm in the market also but sure someone said it isn't a "complete" tool.

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Edit, just checked the MP isn't any use for me
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I suggest this: gear4bikes.com (UK) Tools & Gauges

I just tested this link on a different computer and the page didn't appear correctly. If you use the site's search function, you're looking for this: "790050 - KM500 Style Chain Splitter & Rivetter (replica of DID tool, suitable for 520, 525, 530 & 532 gauge)"

I've used it to split a stretched chain and remove links and re-rivet it. The instructions are in "Chinese" English, but are followable.
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Terra-X make a good chain breaker which is tiny.

Enduro Chainbreaker
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Terra-X make a good chain breaker which is tiny.

Enduro Chainbreaker
How good is it?

I've been thinking about chain tools for a trip so i'd like to get your oppinion of it.
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Scroll down the page to find the chain tool.

Yamaha XS650 - Manuals & Service Tools - XS650 Direct.com

I always take one ,it's way better than bashing away with rocks ,chisels and other crap which can result in knuckle bruising ,side plate bending and an imperfect joint .
Your bike puts out a lot of horsepower ,treat the driveline with respect .

The DRC chaintool looks good as well .


The bonuses with these tools is that you can fix the chain in situ ,easily and properly the first time .

Sure I've fixed chains with chisels, punches ,vicegrips ,used old nuts and bolts as anvils and rivetters and even welded them .
But now I prefer to do it the easy and proper way ,thank you very much .
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Terra X,great little tool,fits in the palm of your hand.
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Terra-X make a good chain breaker which is tiny.

Enduro Chainbreaker
Perfect.............. exept it's a 20000 mile ride to get one

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Perfect.............. exept it's a 20000 mile ride to get one

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Order one online and get it posted/couriered to you?
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