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    Looking to buy a chain breaker. But I don't wanna buy a $100 chain breaker. I need one that rivets too.

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    I might be wrong but I believe the one from Harbor Freight is not too bad.
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    Harbor freight one works great i have one but does not rivit But otherwise works great and i got mine for $2.50 gotta love those coupons in every mag these days

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    I have owned a few cheap ones but they all broke the pins. Bought the $89 DID one and it is rock solid. The motion pro one works great too but it is again close to $100. I really believe this is one of those cases where you do actually get what you pay for.
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    You know i usually agree that it is a get what you pay for thing but the harbor freight one has held up to several chains at least 10 or varying size for 428-530 so i have do disagree on this one the thing is probably made from pot metal smelted by a 4 year old Chinese kid but is works. Its not pretty its heavy and ugly and covered in grease when you get it but it works here is a link of there shoe model and is 12 bucks new so break 7 of them to one did anyway here it is
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    Also another thumbs up for the DID tool. I ordered one because my ducati dealer couldn't get me in for two weeks to do my 520 conversion kit. What I saved on the dealer visit more than paid for the DID tool and it worked perfectly. I looked at the motion pro unit and the one Cycle Gear sells too and the DID is built way better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minimoto7 View Post
    You know i usually agree that it is a get what you pay for thing but the harbor freight one has held up to several chains at least 10 or varying size for 428-530 so i have do disagree on this one the thing is probably made from pot metal smelted by a 4 year old Chinese kid but is works. Its not pretty its heavy and ugly and covered in grease when you get it but it works here is a link of there shoe model and is 12 bucks new so break 7 of them to one did anyway here it is
    http://www.harborfreight.com/heavy-d...ker-66488.html
    That tool does not rivet the chain. The pins break when you rivet the new master link.
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    I just purchased the Stockton Tool co. chain press/breaker/riveter new on Ebay for 39.99 + shipping. Cycle gear sells it for $89.99. I haven't broken or riveted chain with it yet but I will be doing it on my GSXR very soon. I'll let you know how it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by screwtape View Post
    I just purchased the Stockton Tool co. chain press/breaker/riveter new on Ebay for 39.99 + shipping. Cycle gear sells it for $89.99. I haven't broken or riveted chain with it yet but I will be doing it on my GSXR very soon. I'll let you know how it works.
    I seen that one at cycle gear the other day. It's hard to pull the trigger on some things for me. Like a $90 chain breaker. I know it's needed but dang. $90? For real?

    I will have to look on fleabay. If I cant find anything, HF cheap-o it is.

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    I have a Motion Pro and never had any problems. It was a gift from a customer because I sold a bike for him. Before that I used a Makita die grinder and carefully ground the riveted head off and used punch to then knock it out. Not the best method, but I too didn't want to spend the price for chain breaker. It reminds me of using PVC pipe to install forks seals. It can be done that way, but if you need to do it alot, the correct tool will pay for itself. FYI, I think I'll try a HF and put it in with track tools. Can't beat that price. Good luck
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    Sorry, but you'll break pins in most kits trying to break a chain with the tool itself. The cheapest, easiest, most reliable way to break a chain is with a dremel, either by grinding down the rivet heads on one side and pressing them out, like if it's a new chain you need to shorten, or by simply cutting each wall of a link with a cut off wheel on a worn chain you are removing.
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    i use two tools to change a chain:

    A big angle grinder
    An even bigger hammer


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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangeshirtdude View Post
    Sorry, but you'll break pins in most kits trying to break a chain with the tool itself. The cheapest, easiest, most reliable way to break a chain is with a dremel, either by grinding down the rivet heads on one side and pressing them out, like if it's a new chain you need to shorten, or by simply cutting each wall of a link with a cut off wheel on a worn chain you are removing.
    Got to agree grind the pins down first or any tool would eventually break and i know the harbor freight one doesn't rivet but my local shop rivet the ones i need down for $5 i just put in a regular link until i can get one riveted.

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    I riveted the RK 520 chain on my GSXR today using the Stockton tool and it worked flawlessly! I have never used a chain tool before but it was super easy. The link press works great on it as well and I don't know what I would have done without it. I did not however use it to break chain because im lazy so I used bolt cutters... As long as you grind down the rivet on the pin before you push it out its not going to be a problem anyway. Definitely worth the $!
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    I've used the motion pro press and the rivit tool. Both of which have failed after a couple of uses, although I did learn on them.

    The HF one I have in all honesty has held up much better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by screwtape View Post
    I riveted the RK 520 chain on my GSXR today using the Stockton tool and it worked flawlessly! Definitely worth the $!
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    Quote Originally Posted by exit90a View Post
    Yup, thats the one! Don't let cyclegear rip you off though, get it on ebay for waaay less!
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    The DRC kit is the same quality, if not better then the $100 RK/Motion Pro kits and sells for about $60. You can get it at Wheeling Cycle Supply. I riveted 4 chains before breaking a pin, which is about $3 to replace.

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    Pit Posse tool works good for riveting but you have to follow directions closely. I also use dremel and a punch to remove links.
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