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    KMC Z-72 on SkyHawk

    Anybody know how to remove this chain? I cannot find any info on it. Looks like it has a master link but I am not sure.

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    Why are you removing the chain?

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    I wanted to take it off to clean up my drive train while the bike is out of commission. Looks like it will take a missing link but what is on it now doesn't look like a missing link.

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    Simple green!!!! Its works great!

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    Can't you just use a chain breaker on any piece of the chain?
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    I probably could but if this is made to be some sort of master link I'd prefer to use that. I was hoping someone knew something about these chains. They are only $10 on Amazon. I cold buy a spare and change them out every week. Clean the other one real good and lube real good and then switch them etc. there is a ton of sand here and my drive train gets gritty. I like to take things apart and figure them out good so I can fix something fast when needed and keep it super clean and in new condition.

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    It should have a gold link that is the master link. Just take the pin out of it. It should just come of after that.
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    It's not gold but ill give it a try. I noticed they sell a ss pack of missing links on amazon for $10. Might have to get those and switch out. Thanks

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    KMC Z-72 on SkyHawk

    Quote Originally Posted by Jem7sk View Post
    It's not gold but ill give it a try. I noticed they sell a ss pack of missing links on amazon for $10. Might have to get those and switch out. Thanks
    Ok. Sorry just thought it might be because my master link was gold
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    You could swap one of the links for a Sram powerlink
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    I didn't mess with it to confirm what it was, but I could swear I saw a gold master link on mine.
    Earnest Hemingway once said "The world is a fine place and worth fighting for." I agree with the second part.

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    Ill have to get a pic of it and post

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    Here is a couple of pics:


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    KMC Z-72 on SkyHawk

    Yes there is a gold plated master link on that chain
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfb12 View Post
    Yes there is a gold plated master link on that chain
    So push that pin on the left out with a chain breaker?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jem7sk View Post
    So push that pin on the left out with a chain breaker?
    FYI, this is what I did. Popped right out. Soaked (and shook)it in some 2 cycle gas for a few minutes since I didn't have any diesel like Zinn recommends. Washed my bike, cleaned up the drive train, put it back together and tuned it up and lubed it. Seems to be as good as new! I'm going to try to get back on the trails tomorrow.

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    Glad it all worked out for you and sorry I could help more I just didn't have the answers for that. Hope it rides well after that.
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    Thanks sfb12.. Actually it was what you posted that gave me the confidence to go for it. My chain was twisted up from breaking the hanger and I just couldn't get it un twisted without taking the chain off. I figured a new chain is only $10 so if it didn't work I'd get a new one. I think I might get another chain any way if I don't have any problems with this master link and ill rotate them out to extend the life of my drive train.

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    Damn master link... Whatever it is just broke. I ordered a new KMC z72. Can someone recommend a reusable master link for this chain so I can switch out these two chains when I want?

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    In my experience, KMC chains are total junk. You can't break them without the chain cracking or something and the master links are a joke. Also, I've never had one hold out for long on the trail. Order a SRAM chain instead. You'll be much happier.
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    Chris If I may. You are to hard of a rider for that bike its time for a hobgoblin! LOL does this mean you wont be at the trail sunday? Hope to see ya there and you get that thing fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch1171 View Post
    Chris If I may. You are to hard of a rider for that bike its time for a hobgoblin! LOL does this mean you wont be at the trail sunday? Hope to see ya there and you get that thing fixed.
    You may be right Mitch! I'm going to have to sell my Corvette so I can afford one. I am hoping to make it at least a year on this bike before I upgrade. If the new chain is not here by Saturday I may break the chain and bypass the master link thing and just use a pin.

    I want to ride dammit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barheet View Post
    In my experience, KMC chains are total junk. You can't break them without the chain cracking or something and the master links are a joke. Also, I've never had one hold out for long on the trail. Order a SRAM chain instead. You'll be much happier.
    Hey Barheet, which entry levelish Sram chain do you recommend. Does it come with a reusable master link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jem7sk View Post
    FYI, this is what I did. Popped right out.
    I think this is why your master link broke. to open a master link you usually squeeze the two side plated together, and while doing so, compress the link lengthwise, so you are pushing the pins toward one another. A pair of park master link pliers make it easier.
    Park Tool Co. MLP-1 : Master Link Pliers : Chain

    If yous chain is still in good shape you can get a new masterlink for about $5.

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    KMC Z-72 on SkyHawk

    Quote Originally Posted by Barheet View Post
    In my experience, KMC chains are total junk. You can't break them without the chain cracking or something and the master links are a joke. Also, I've never had one hold out for long on the trail. Order a SRAM chain instead. You'll be much happier.
    I also semi agree with this. I hear of much better luck with SRAM then most KMC chains
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