What chain riveters are you guys using

What chain riveters are you guys using?

In the past I've used a whale.

Should I splash out the asking for a whale, or do you guys have any other preferences?

23 comments
  • You wont be disappointed :)

  • Never used one.

    I've always used a split link. And before anyone says it, I've never lost one in over 30 years.

  • I dont understand why you needed to change positions from a to b, but i did it anyway . There are no instructions but the video link , makes it all obvious.

  • :O

  • If they're not safe why are they supplied with new chains?

  • none ive ever bought have had a split link :O

  • I run a scotoiler, which although quite an ugly thing running along the swing arm, seems to make my chains last forever.

    But it's time to change chain now. I've got renthal sprockets tucked away, so just need to pick a chain now! (Gold naturally!!!)

  • Can't go wrong with a DID.

    Either that or a Tsubaki

  • DID only for me 'didnt' want to get anything else :D

  • I used split links three times and they have failed every time. After that I've never trusted them again. But my friend with the other zed has always used them and he has never had any problems.

  • Last time i rivetted. Chain i used a g clamp with the swivel part removed.Using the ball i was able to push the link over .

  • I wil never use them! Aspecially not on a zed!

  • A split link on a ZZ-R? :O Roland, you've got to be kidding!

  • Ive done that before , but this tool self centres , so no g clamp wrestling :D

  • I used a split link on a drag bike. Never had a problem.

  • Bit different on a road bike though, especially where insurance is concerned.

  • ? It's a question of correct fitting and the power going through the chain. Insurance?

  • Yep, insurance. Consider this: a guy has an off and it's a direct result of chain failure. The insurance assessor finds the chain at the scene and realises it has a split link. Knowing insurance like we do, what do you think is going to happen?

  • I don't think that one is better than the other regardless of how the bike is used and I've never found any facts stating otherwise. Both types can fail. Especially if not fitted correctly, and that's the key most of the time. Except for fitting the circlip backwards, failing to compresse the master link on an o-ring chain enough to allow the circlip to fit correctly is probably the most common cause. Adding a tiny drop of locktite (or something similar) on the inside of the circlip might get it to stick even better.

    So I guess it all comes down to what you prefer. I've been unlucky with the split links so I'll stick with the riveted ones.

  • I emailed RK chains and asked if a riveted link is safer than a split link in any way. This is what they answered:

    "Dear Mr. Strömberg,

    Thank you for your inquiry.

    Generally speaking, width of clip type connecting link tend to become wider than rivet type connecting link.

    For clip link, it may have more possibility to be hit by something because of longer width and might have possibility to take the clip out as a result.

    For rivet type, as long as choose the right size and correct install, it is much less possibility to take the chain out compare to clip type because rivet type.

    Hope our reply would be helpful.

    Best Regards,

    RK Japan"

  • what we already knew but in posher words :D