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Old 11-18-2003, 12:45 AM
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Okay, screwdriver technique part two Look at your master link- there is a closed end and an open end. Two ways of doing this- either put the bike in gear if it's on the stand, or leave the wheel on the ground (so the wheel doesn't spin when you try and whack the screwdriver). Make sure the master link is lined up in an easy to reach spot. Dig through your toolbox and find a screwdriver (not Philips! ) that is wider than the open end of the master link. Lay the screwdriver on the chain so that the point is in the opening of the master link, and give it a good thump with a hammer or your hand. The clip should pop right off, unless you had the screwdriver angled too much and it slid underneath the clip. But, I think you get the idea. The clip shouldn't go flying off into space, because it is still wrapped around the pin, but watch it because it may fall off. To reinstall, push the clip on as far as you can, then lay the screwdriver flat across the top (closed) end of the clip and give it another healthy tap. It should pop right on. I usually use pliers to reinstall, I find it a little easier (and you don't ding up the clip and make it so it won't slide on). It's kinda tricky, but can be done. Put one side of the jaw on the clip, the other side on the pin and squeeze. Note- be prepared to say many colorful words in case the pliers slip and pinch your hand. Hope this helps guys
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Old 11-18-2003, 12:52 AM
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Thanks. I will be trying that tomorrow for sure. That reminds me...what is the best cleaner to soak the chain in?
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Old 11-18-2003, 12:54 AM
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Couldn't tell you! I usually just brush mine off and lube them. I would say mineral spirits or kerosene- just make sure what ever you use won't damage your O-rings if you have an O or X ring chain.
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Old 11-18-2003, 01:00 AM
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Zoo if you still have your stock chain just use good ol'e gasoline. Just don't tell your neighbors.
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Old 11-18-2003, 02:44 AM
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Hehe...k. Thanks guys.
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Old 11-18-2003, 04:56 AM
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i use mineral spirits, gets it clean every time.

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Old 11-18-2003, 11:57 AM
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Hey, this is probably a really stupid question, but where do you get mineral spirits? I'm guessing probably walmart sells it, but?
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Old 11-18-2003, 12:00 PM
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walmart sells it and most places that sell paint sell it.

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Old 11-18-2003, 12:03 PM
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thanks, I'm going to go get some...
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Old 11-18-2003, 12:17 PM
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Yep, me too
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