I had an endless chain the PO bought for my cb160 basket case (I found that you can't use one because it's a non removable sprocket), I tried that and the honda link wouldn't go into the replacement chain link
Also I just pressed one link out with a chain tool btw, no need to cut it.
I've tried it once, fitting a cb175 clip link from a k3 to a split cb200 endless chain. It didn't fit the pins were too big just like Richards experience. I fixed it buy pushing an ordinary link apart and using that as the master and staked it in pins in place for
I've just stripped down the top end of my first 175 engine and removed the cam chain with clip link. This engine had never been apart before I got it, so this would be the original Honda cam chain, the one with the 'fat' link that won't fit the other cam chain. This was in a CL175 K7 engine, so fairly late in the series.
Comparing this with the OEM Honda cam chain and clip link that I recently purchased, two clip links are visually similar. However, measuring with digital calipers shows that pins in the original (K7) chain are 3.14mm in diameter, whereas the OEM chain and an aftermarket DID 219 chain both have pins measuring 2.98mm in diameter.
As the difference is so small, there is a danger that the 2.98mm clip link could be fitted in error to the 3.14mm chain.
I'm going to go ahead and fit the new chain, although there appears to be little evidence of wear in the original one.
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