I might have tightened the master link a little too tight. I used a vernier caliper to measure and the master link is 2-4mm less compared to the other links. it doesnt kink but i can tell it doesnt move as freely as the others. do i need to redo it with a new master link? what do you all think?
Sounds like you got the wrong link up there. I'd get a new one and redo it.