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Old 05-18-2013
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Re: Chainplate advice needed

Considering the labor involve in taking the chain plates out then polishing them and reinstalling them you may want to think about replacement.

I remember one story where a guy took out his chain plates they looked perfect but were original so he decided to replace them. He gave the old chain plates to a friend at a machine shop to reuse the steel.
His friend called him a few months later and told him that when he put an old chain plate in a shear to cut it, it shattered. It looked perfect too.

So not only is corrosion a problem but work hardening too.
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