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    I have a 1966 450 Honda. I had to break the timing chain to disassemble the motor as there is no master link, and there is no other way to separate the bottom end from the top end. So, my question is; can a master link be used in that application, or should it be a continuous chain. I've seen new master link type timing chains on ebay and wonder if that is okay, or something to be avoided. Thanks.
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    I just answered my own question by doing a google search (the internet can be a blessing). Honda offered a master link that has countersunk holes that can be swaged to create an endless chain. I found one on ebay. I'll make a tool that can squish the axels out to retain the outer link.
    Eric Smith
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    The earlier BMW airheads did not have a master link. But the later ones were supplied with one from new.
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    Thanks, Jim. That's one of those things can torture a person in the middle of the night. I've never had a drive chain fail because of a master link, but like the old saying; a chain is only as strong as it's weakest link. . . . . I'm already torturing myself
    Eric Smith
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    There is no problem using masterlink just make SURE the trailing edge is at the bottom of the direction of travel

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    Thanks guys. It is always assuring to get advice from people with knowledge, and experience.
    Eric Smith
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