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I have a 04 XR250. The Owners Manual and Service manual both show a master link in the chain. I've looked for this thing several times and have yet to find one. I really don't want to ask my wife to look. Am I missing it - does anyone have one without a master link. It is the original chain.

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Have you had it on a stand and had a good look at every link? Murhpy's law says the master link will be hiding in a chain guide or counter shaft cover if you don't.

You have a clip style link and it is obviously different from all others on the chain.

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It has to be there. Keep looking, maybe the previous owner installed it wrong, so try looking at the other side of the chain for the clip.

I don't even think its possible for a chain not to have a master link...?

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I have it on a stand and I've rolled it around and around - looking at every link. I don't have great eye sight but I can't believe I'm missing it.

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If your replacing it and really can not find it. I would just cut the darn thing.

But try looking at the other side, ie looking threw the spokes at the chain.

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I had already tried looking for it on the wrong side didn't see it. This time I steel brushed both sides of the chain and looked at it with a flouresant work light - I found the missing link. The link was in backwards - the clip would have been on the other side but the clip was missing. By brushing it I remove enough of the crud from around the ends of the pins such that I could see it. I guess the o-rings held it together.

Thanks for your imput.

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Hah good thing you found it, that could of turned out bad.

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Usually in order to remove the master link, you gotta pry it off with a flat screwdriver. Not surprised at all it held together. Especially since the only way I ever get them on is squeezing as hard as I can with vice grips...

Although, hopefully your stock chain guard/case saver would have save the case, otherwise that could have been a biiig problem.

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Not all o-ring chains come with a "clip" type master link, the DID o-ring chain I fitted on my bike only came with the rivet type master link.

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My last DID VM x-ring came that way too (rivet link). I bought the clip style link that is offered as a separate part. A riveted link is really safe if properly set, but a pain for maintenance. It seems that DID is getting some extra income by not including the clip style link anymore, wherein they get to sell us one.

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