I recently just bought this chain, and while I was breaking the links I accidentally broke off too many links. Am I able to push the pin back in?
Broke off too many links, even with the tire as far forward as it can go. Can I push the pin back in or did I ruin the chain?
Expert MotoSport Staff 23 days ago Location: Portland, OR, USA
It is not recommended to re-add links to your chain as you would need to use 2 masterlinks and doing so will significantly weaken the chains tensile strength. You would need a rivet style masterlink and a chain press to add links back onto the chain, but even with the link riveted in, the chain would still be weaker and may not last as long.
23 days ago Location: Chula Vista, CA, USA
I did the exact same thing! I took the chain to a local shop and they said yes it's possible but they wouldn't do it because of liability issues. The cheapest chain press they had was $160. I had no choice but to buy a new chain, with an unused one still in my hand. I was pretty mad.
Don't try to push the pin back in, it's not worth it when that pin slips back out and you end up in the hospital. Take a close look at those pins and you will see that they are slightly mushroomed on each end to hold them in place. If you try to push it back in you won't be able to re-create that factory made mushroom. Bite the bullet and buy a new chain.