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I currently have a 51 tooth sprocket and x-ring chain. I plan to buy a 52 tooth sprocket for the occasional trail rides in the really tight stuff. I am thinking of adding a second master link along with the leftover links of my x-ring chain (bought a 120 link and cut down to 114 link) to use for this. anyone ever have any problems with this kind of setup??

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My bike was setup that way when I bought it, I have had no problems with the chain. You may have enough slack to just slide the axle forward for only a 1 tooth bigger rear sprocket. I would try that first, a 2nd master link is only another possible point of failure.

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I was just reading the info that came with my D.I.D. X-Ring chain. It says the master link is as strong as the other links. And besides, a chain is only as strong as the weakest link. The only draw back I can see is that with two master links, your chances of the clip coming off is twice as high. But, I don't hear about that many master's losing the clips anyway. I don't think you'll have a problem with it.

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I think you will have enough adjustment in the chain to not have to add links for one extra tooth on the rear sprocket. I have gone from a 48 to a 50 and back without having to add links. As long as the adjusters are not all the way forward with the 50 you should be able to accomodate the 51.

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Oh, and I forgot to add: Did you have to really force that master link together when you put it on the bike??? My new one looks like it is gonna take some channel locks or a vice, to get the pins through the holes far enough to slip the clip on. Are they supposed to be this tight? :cry:

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Durkot, I am pretty sure that when I switched from a stock 50 to a 51 that I used the same chain length. I am pretty sure that I wont be able to jump 2 teeth with the same chain length.

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i think I will try the two master links, its a lot cheaper than another chain and it doesnt sound like those that have done it are having a problem

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I run 2 master and have no problems. I went the route of using the vice grips to get the link together. I find it easier if you put the link together once with the o-rings while the chain is off the bike, take it apart and reassemble on the bike. It seems to go together better the 2nd time.

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Durkot, I am pretty sure that when I switched from a stock 50 to a 51 that I used the same chain length. I am pretty sure that I wont be able to jump 2 teeth with the same chain length.

When I went to a 51 tooth rear (1 tooth up) I should've added links to the chain. As it is now, my rear wheel is adjusted all the way forward for proper chain tension. You'll definitely need to add links for 2 teeth up.

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you could even add a pressed link connector...although you will need to buy another tool in order to put that one on :cry:

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I do too on ocassion my chain supplier gives it to me in 10 ft lengths,takes aprox 6ft of chain,so I have 4ft of new chain left ,so every other chain has two M links,no problems here either.

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