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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-03-2006, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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cleaning the chain

what do you guys use to clean the chain? thanks.
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I use WD-40 to clean it and then some chain lube or wax to protect it.

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I use WD-40 to clean it and then some chain lube or wax to protect it.

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and I use Honda's HP Chain Lube. It's a spray on that doesn't fling off.
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I use WD-40 to clean it and then some chain lube or wax to protect it.

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with the bike on a rear stand and not running, just rotating by hand. I may use a small tire brush if its real dirty too. Then comes the new lube.

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+1 on the WD-40 I use it on just about everyting that moves. (pegs, sidestand ect...)
and +1 on the Honda HP, the big can has lasted me over a year so far.

I've been told to clean my chain with only kerosene, but WD-40 works great and it a lot easier to work with. This reminds me that I am overdue to clean my chain, well my whole bike actually needs a good scrubbin'...

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Yeah got use a rear stand... and NEVER EVER do it running. Many have lost fingers by this "great idea".

I would say it depends on the type of chain.

On a standard non "O-ring" chain I used WD40

On a O or X ring chain I use kerosene as it will clean without drying it out. Further sense its a clean oil it has a small lubing factor as well.




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I've seen a few people let their rear wheels turn at idle. Not for me. I won't take the chance of my fingers get pulled in.

I use Motul chain cleaner and chain lube.
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Another +1 for HP lube and kerosene to clean. I'm sure WD-40 works good too. Also, WD-40 works great on wheels(especially if they are black). Leaves a nice shine and a film so the fling from the chain doesn't stick as bad.
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WD-40 to clean, then lube with PJ-1 black.
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PJ is good stuff... but it still flings...

Like I said... I point out the difference in chains get a difference in cleaning chemical.




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611 to clean. I then use Motul Chain Lube. Spray the lube towards the botton of the rear sprocket and rotate the tire backwards. It lets the lube work its way down. I let it sit for 10-15 min before riding and havent had any flinging problems.
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How often are you guys giving it a cleaning vs. just lube. I lube mine on a regular basis...but I don't clean very often



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How often are you guys giving it a cleaning vs. just lube. I lube mine on a regular basis...but I don't clean very often
I try to give the chain a few quick sprays of lube every other tank of gas or if it looks dry at all. But I clean the chain when I wash the bike, or if it looks unusually dirty, which isn't too often.

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I do both every time which is usually every several 100 miles (500 or so).
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Here is a great how-to: http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Chains.html

I've used the Scott unit, and my chain lasted almost forever. But it is a little pricey.
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When I had one I use to try to do it like every other week... which is basically when I thought of it and had time.




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I always use a rag soaked in kerosene.

WD-40 is a solvent.
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That's the reason I don't like WD-40 on o or x-ring chains.... I'm affraid it will dry out the rings...




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That's the reason I don't like WD-40 on o or x-ring chains.... I'm affraid it will dry out the rings...
Exactly my point!
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