Timing chain link connecting

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Hi

I’m changing the timing chain on my XS1 and after some advice on how you all fit the connecting link

Do you use a special riveting tool or just peen the ends over using a hammer?
 

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I have a riveting tool. I’ve also done it with an anvil and ball peen hammer.

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Which is which?
 

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I have the cheaper MikesXS tool (well, it was cheap when I bought it, lol) but have Motion Pro replacement rivet tips for it. They work really well. That's all you need, get a cheap tool (about $20 on eBay) then get the replacement Motion Pro rivet pin (about $5). I use the tool then finish the link off with the ball peen hammer .....

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.....and a little tip - using a small sharp chisel, tap a slight "X" cut into the head of each link pin .....

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This will help hold the rivet pin centered on the link pin so it doesn't slide off to the side as you tighten the rivet tool down.
 
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