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The manual says "A drive chain with a clip-type master link must not be used." It doesn't say why.

I just changed the front sproket on my wifes bike and there seems to be plenty of room in front of the chain/sprocket and between the chain/case.

Does anyone have an answer to this and is it ok to put a master link chain on this bike?

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There's people on this forum that have put on a ERT chain. Honda must be fulla crap.

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Does anyone have an answer to this and is it ok to put a master link chain on this bike?

The short answer?

it's to make you think the dealer has to do all the maintenance

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Apparently I didnt read that.

The bike has had a clip on it for about 6 months, no problem.

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Dont the two chains have exactly the same dimentions, just the pins are different and the fact that one of them has a clip?

Not to mention the o-ring...

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I replaced the chain and sprockets on my 230 over a year ago and installed an RK 520 X-ring chain, with master link. There are no clearance problems. I think that the factory can save a few pennies when they use an "endless" chain. If you are ready to replace your stock chain, you will need a chain breaker tool to remove it,(my recommended way) or if your handy with a grinder and chisel, heck, you could even use a cutting torch if your careful.......

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Anyone here been riding long enough to remember that spare master link clipped on to your clutch cable about an inch from the perch?....Karl

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Been ridin' since 1969. First bike, Honda CT70 Minitrail. I remember guy's sportin' the extra links on their clutch cables........

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