Re: New chain installation - usual luck
I usually grind the rivet heads off flush with the plate and use a BA screwdriver to pry the plate off. Works for me. When installing, use the plate attachment to press the plate onto the chain and leave it just short of the install position. It will move a little more when you mushroom the rivet heads. Then use the mushrooming tool and expand the rivet. It does not need to expand much, just enough to keep it in place. Use a vernier caliper to verify the distance between plates on the master cylinder link is the same distance as another link and you are done.