What I think the discussion is a trying to get at is there are two different methods to connect a chain. 1) Crimped master link and 2) and a "keyed" link (it's a slip link affair).
I do know that the "keyed" links are available with chains. Trouble is i have never been able to tell if the chain is from the OEM.
And with a chain, I would prefer to stay with the OEM.
I did ask Partshop what theirs was and it's the crimped style. IPD (a Volvo parts house) does rent tools. They charge you the full price and then refund you, less the rental, upon return. Problem is the heat that is generated by the few who return tools in crappy condition.
S, J.R. Brown
2000 G500 LWB Obsedian Black
2005 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab Off Road Sport
1993 Volvo 240 Sedan Anthracite
1980 450SEL Champange (owned it for 15 years. Great car)
1986 280GE LWB Anthracite (Sold it and kinda wish I hadn't)