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    shimano chain installation

    i'm installing a new shimano chain. those who have done this before should note that out of the packaging there is an end pin half-attatched to the end link of the chain, and the chain also comes with a "reinforced connecting pin" in a separate packet. if the chain needs to be cut to correct length, should the half-connected end pin still be used to join the chain where the cut was made or should the "reinforced connecting pin" be used instead. i understand that the flaired endings of the pins damage the hole when removed and i just want to make sure the chain is installed correctly.

    thanks in advance!

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    Ok to use the 'half-connected end pin' which will be sticking out of a 'outer plate' of the chain, according to shimano, this should point to, or be closer to, the rear der, than the front chain ring... always better to cut a chain so that a inner link is left, that way your are not using a outer link that has had a pin pushed through it already. it must be older stock as now most shimano chains only come with the reinforced connecting pin...

    so feed the 'half-connected end pin' end of the chain, to the front chain ring & the other end goes around the rear sprockets & through the rear der...

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    protip, do not "cut" the chain from the reinforced pin if you ever need to. It will most likely bend the link when you try to reinstall it. Happened to me yesterday.

    I don't think it matters if you use the conecting pin, or do it normally. I think shimano just wanted to make it look cool, like sram did.

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