I'm fed up with this stupid "removable" 9 spd KMC missing link. I've been unable to shift it by hand (tried all the cleaning, twisting, squeezing, swearing, etc) and so I gave up and invested in some magic pliers that squeeze the rollers together. Felt a bit silly buying them as, apart from a bit of fiddling and huffing and puffing, I've never had too much trouble with these kind of links.
Finally got some time to whip it off and soak it tonight, and even with the special tool it still won't budge. If I squeeze the pliers any harder it'll crush the rollers or break the pliers. I've tried regular needle nose pliers, applied across the diagonal as suggested, and in various other ways. I've tried folding the chain into a U shape and going at it. I've even tried mole grips. I honestly can't think of any other tools or methods that might shift it. I'm now very angry and my hands hurt a lot.
The only tool that will remove this stupid chain is an old fashioned rivet remover, after which I guess it'll have to go in the bin (SRAM only from now on).
Am I being retarded?