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