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tech question on using Connex link with Campy10 HD-L chain(6 posts)

tech question on using Connex link with Campy10 HD-L chainDaveG
Aug 14, 2003 8:56 AM
I picked up a Campy10 HD-L chain and Wipperman Connex link yesterday. After looking at the Campy instructions, one end of the Campy chain has a special link used for Campy's special pin. All chain breaks are supposed to be done at the other end of the chain. When using a Connex link, do I need to break off the "special" link end? What do folks that use the Connex link do here? Thanks for your input
re: tech question on using Connex link with Campy10 HD-L chainflakey
Aug 14, 2003 6:30 PM
you will have to remove the special link end because you connect the connex to two inner links, where the special end link is an outer link. If you are using the Connex link, shorten the chain on the end where Campy says not to.
I hope that makes sense.
Should be obvious..C-40
Aug 15, 2003 4:57 AM
You couldn't put the connex link on if the sideplates were left on one end of the chain. Use a regular chain tool to remove the pin from the end with the two sideplates.

The resaon that these sideplates are not normally removed is to preserve the "virgin" sideplate hole for the HD-L pin. The pin won't work properly if installed in a sideplate hole that has been damaged from pushing a peed pin through it.

The HD-L link can also be installed wihtout the campy chain tool. All you need to do is eliminate any tension on the chain while installing the pin (from the left side of the bike per campy's instructions). This is easily done by draping the chain over the bottom bracket instead of the little chainring. A regular chain tool will push the pin in, but pay close attention and don't keep pushing after the head of the pin is seated against the left sideplate.
I could not get the pin in w/o the special tool -- it would notbill
Aug 15, 2003 7:10 AM
go in straight. Maybe your chain tool is better than mine (or you are better with a chain tool), but I finally ended up buying Campy's tool.
did you use the guide pin?C-40
Aug 16, 2003 5:03 AM
The removable guide pin supplied with the chain is supposed to hold the HD-L pin straight. As I noted, it's also critical to eliminate any tension on the chain. I used a standard Park chain tool (shop grade). Maybe I was lucky, but my first when went right in.
Thanks flakey, C10DaveG
Aug 15, 2003 2:25 PM
I figured that was the case. Just wanted to check with those that have done it. Its going on after tomorrow's ride.