Home Forums Shifter Karts Need advice – Chain and chain breaker for my CRG CR125 shifter

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    • #35973
      Dave Rosenthal
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      Greetings all,

      I noticed my chain has a small kink in it so I plan to replace it. I bought my Kart used and didn’t get much advice on it in the chain area. Anyway, here are my questions:

      – There is no master link so I know I need to break the chain – should I replace it with the same setup (ie. no master link)?
      – What is the preferred chain replacement? The Kart sale came with a “gold” chain but I wasn’t sure if it was good or not (it was new in a bag, nothing else)
      – So, where do I find a cheap chain breaker (#428 right?) and should I invest in the nice, three screw or is a single fine

      If you have a chain breaker and want to sell it I am very interested as I don’t want to drop $50 on one as I don’t run every weekend like many folks here.

      Thanks for the advice on the above 3 items.

      DaveR

      PS – I only run one track (New Castle Motor Sports near Indy) so I won’t chain sprockets for other tracks etc, …thx

    • #35979
      Paolo Nunzio Licary
      Participant

      I’d suggest using the master link. If you do end up changing gearing frequently keeping a couple different length chains for when you do gear changes makes it so you don’t have to move the motor very much, which changes your f/r weight balance, though not much. Just make sure you keep it oiled and put the clip with the closed end leading and replace the master and clip after a half dozen or so removals and reinstalls. Never had a master link or clip failure in 10 years.

    • #36122
      Greg Lindahl
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      Paolo’s advice is solid.

      If you want to be extra certain the clip doesn’t part company, you can wrap a small safety wire loop around the clip and side link.  Motorbike racers that use this style repair link (125 GP) sometimes use a small dab of black RTV on the clip and side link.

    • #36339
      Dave Rosenthal
      Participant

      Thanks for the advice on using a master link (and safety wiring). Any advice on a chain or should I invest in the nice three screw or will a single get it done?

      Thanks again all,
      DaveR

    • #36351
      Paolo Nunzio Licary
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      I’ve only used the 3 screw design. Not sure about anything else. It will last practically forever though.

    • #36369
      Dave Rosenthal
      Participant

      Paolo,

      Thanks again for the quick response. I hate parting with $50 when $20 might work, but in this case I like the idea of having it work whenever I need it. As for chains, my take is a good $25/$30 of any brand will work.

      Thanks again,
      DaveR

    • #36377
      James O’Brien
      Participant

      Best 428 chain available? You’ll probably get about 4 answers, but most will tell you DID ER is the best.

      http://www.shop.eshifterkart.com/DID-HD-428NZ-X-60-ER-Gold-and-Black-Chain-DID428NZ60G.htm

       

      www.eshifterkart.com

    • #36387
      Dave Rosenthal
      Participant

      James,

      THANKS – I appreciate the guidance here. Thanks,
      Dave

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