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Old 12-20-2011, 12:04 AM   #1
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the gunk from the chain lube

Since I am trying to change out the front sprocket, I realized that the area around the sprocket are all mushed with chain lube gunk. What's the best way to clean it besides WD40?
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:05 AM   #2
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any degreaser, but why not wd40?
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kerosene makes that gunk just melt away.
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any degreaser, but why not wd40?
I did spray WD40 on it, but it doesn't melt it unless it's actually wiped, so I was just wondering if there is anything thaz stronger..

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kerosene makes that gunk just melt away.
Yea? I am goann give it a try.
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I did spray WD40 on it, but it doesn't melt it unless it's actually wiped, so I was just wondering if there is anything thaz stronger..



Yea? I am goann give it a try.
Just make sure it's pure kerosene and not camp fuel or anything like that. You can get a gallon jug at Gander for like $8 if you don't have any.
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carb cleaner is good too, and you can get it in a pressurized can
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at Gander
where?
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gasoline works preaty good.
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Get some latex gloves, old rags, papertowels, spray WD40 to desolve it some and scrape and repeat with WD-40
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Gander Mountain. I tried to get some at academy and they didn't carry it. It's in the camping section.
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:41 AM   #12
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Lowes, Home Depot, Etc should carry kerosene next in the paint aisle by the gallon jugs as well.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:08 AM   #13
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i got everything almost completely clean with a flathead. I sprayed some engine degreaser and used a rag to wipe it off. Worked ok. Flathead made the biggest difference though.
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get a new bike..lol, since you are asking about this, i assume you finally got the front sprocket off.
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I got some latex gloves a few rags that i sprayed with brake cleaner and started digging. Took awhile but its all purty and clean now.
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I use starter fluid (ether) as a general all purpose spray solvent. It's easy on paint, plastic, o-rings and skin and dries fast with no residue. It is usually very cheap, cheaper than brake part cleaner or carb cleaner and dosn't have harsh things like tolune, or dichloromethane in it.

Works great to clean a chain prior to lube.

However, it is very very flamable.
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SIMPLE GREEN WORKS GREAT

CLEANS MY WHITE DIRT BIKE SPOTLESS WITHOUT SOAP AND WATER

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CLEANS MY WHITE DIRT BIKE SPOTLESS WITHOUT SOAP AND WATER

Trying to understand here...

You put simple green on your bike and then don't use any water?

Doesn't that leave it sticky?
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