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How to remove a permalink??(10 posts)

How to remove a permalink??PaulCL
Apr 16, 2002 10:03 AM
My permalink is 'loose' causing a minor 'clunk' sound. Don't ask me how or why its' coming undone after 2000 miles. So I want to remove and replace it with a Craig Superlink before it falls off as I crank up a hill. OUCH.

I can't remove it with a regular chain tool. Any thoughts short of buying a special tool? I could remove links on either side with a regular chain tool, but then the chain would be too short. I have a spare 10spd chain (long story) that I'll put on if I have to, but I'd rather use this chain since its' still in great shape. Help. Thanks. Paul
regular chain toolRideLots
Apr 16, 2002 10:18 AM
I use a regular chain tool, but push the little pins out from the inside. I've done it probably a dozen times.
I'm not picturing this onePaulCL
Apr 16, 2002 10:29 AM
My chain tool, and I assume yours, has a push rod (?) about the diameter of the chain pin or slightly smaller. The outside of the permalink has what appears as regular pins, while the inside (toward the wheel) has the fixed base with the tiny holes on the side. Pushing from either side doesn't appear to work with a regular chain tool

Please help me from this point. I don't see how a regular chain tool could do it.

Maybe I'm suffering from drain bamage or something. Thanks. Paul
you just do it anywayRideLots
Apr 16, 2002 10:34 AM
I know it looks like it shouldn't work, but it does anyway. I just put the tool on the inside of the chain, so that the pin pushes through the inside plate and pushed the pin out. It takes a little more force than a normal pin, but it works pretty well every time.
Excuse my questions, again...PaulCL
Apr 16, 2002 11:05 AM
I use the tool from the inside (wheelside) of the chain - in effect against the small pin-holes, pushing the pins toward me?
you got it (nm)RideLots
Apr 16, 2002 11:14 AM
Doesn't sound like it will work, but I'll try it. Thanks. (nm)PaulCL
Apr 16, 2002 11:16 AM
Apr 16, 2002 12:09 PM
sorry, p/c boosters please, I'm already innoculated...

and no I have no idea how to remove a PERMAlink, but something tells me....:)....ya can't!!
Nope...elbow-grease. Thanks Doug (dog)(ridelots)PaulCL
Apr 17, 2002 5:18 AM
It was quite a crank on the chain tool, but it worked. What do you think about using the Craig superlink as a permanent link vs. just hooking the chain together the old way.
Apr 17, 2002 5:57 AM
Yup, it takes a bit of torque to get it going, but ultimately it comes out.

I have two of the Superlinks, but have not installed them, yet. Next time I change chains, I plan to use one. They look like they should work.