I'm taking my engine out and it's not immediately apparent how to remove the master link. I see the retaining clip on it. Do I just bend that off and get a new one? The manuals just tell you to "remove the chain" but don't tell you how.
A pair of duck-bill pliers is the perfect tool.
Use them to press the open end of the clip on the master link in the same direction as the pins (towards the front of the bike, the same way the chain travels) , it will come right off..........
As a newbie, this is one thing I struggled with. All of the instructions and descriptions I could find seemed to be written for people who worked with chains a lot and understood how the master link was put together. It took me a while to figure it out for myself.
The clip just pops off the pins. You don't pull it towards you. You have to pry it in the direction the chain travels. Like Bill said, pliers work very well.
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