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    Regular Chain Tool w/ 1/8 Chain

    Every time I take apart and re-connect my Sram PC-1 chain (1/8), I get a stiff link. I went on the park tool website and they said something about chain tools having to be different for different sized chains?

    If it's true, then could I use an 8 speed chain on an ss cog & chainring?

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    You can loosen the link by grabbing the chain a few links away on either side and flexing it back and forth laterally. This spreads the plates out a bit. But why not use the removeable link? Breaking and re-closing the chain just makes it weaker.

    To answer your questions, it depends on the cog and chainring, but unless you went out of your way to buy 1/8" components instead of 3/32" the answer is probably yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyBearings
    Every time I take apart and re-connect my Sram PC-1 chain (1/8), I get a stiff link. I went on the park tool website and they said something about chain tools having to be different for different sized chains?

    If it's true, then could I use an 8 speed chain on an ss cog & chainring?

    thanks
    Tight link? http://parktool.com/repair_help/FAQtchan.shtml

    Get a BMX link and you won't need a chain tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyBearings
    Every time I take apart and re-connect my Sram PC-1 chain (1/8), I get a stiff link. I went on the park tool website and they said something about chain tools having to be different for different sized chains?

    If it's true, then could I use an 8 speed chain on an ss cog & chainring?

    thanks
    I never use the chain tool to connect an 1/8" chain. I use master links. If I change my gearing and need a longer chain I use another master link to connect the new 2-3 chain links.
    Go back to the old gearing, open the MLs and remove the short piece.
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    well I used the part of my chain tool that supposedly gets rid of tight links. It worked, but now when I ride on it, my chain is constantly derailling (with a nasty crack first).

    I don't know if this still means I have a tight link or if it is a cause of improper chainline or lack of chain tension (still need a tensioner)

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