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Old 03-11-2012, 07:21 PM   #1
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Chain cleaning?

Anyone know of something good to use to clean the chain with? I've heard of using brake parts cleaner but I've seen that stuff rip off paint and don't want to use it on my bike.
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WD40 wipe it clean then chain lube it
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Dont use brake cleaner, use kerosene to clean. And the apply lots of no-fly-off lubricant. Make sure to really grease everything up. Especially if you have a nice O-ring chain.

DO NOT USE WD40 to LUBE YOUR CHAIN LIKE MENTIONED ABOVE. DO NOT EVEN GET ME STARTED ABOUT WD40
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WD-40 isn't a true lubricant. WD stands for "water displacing" and its main use is as a solvent or rust dissolver.

The lubricant-like properties of WD-40 come not from the substance itself, but from dissolving components. And the effect doesn't last.

WD-40 can be a good substance to start with — it can help clean up rust or other grime. But depending on what you're working with, you should probably follow up WD-40 with use of a true lubricant such as one based on silicone, grease, Teflon, or graphite.
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Dont use brake cleaner, use kerosene to clean. And the apply lots of no-fly-off lubricant. Make sure to really grease everything up. Especially if you have a nice O-ring chain.

DO NOT USE WD40 to LUBE YOUR CHAIN LIKE MENTIONED ABOVE. DO NOT EVEN GET ME STARTED ABOUT WD40
Haha bad experience? He said to use it to clean though, not lube.
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wd40 makes o-rings swell. use kerosene or diesel.
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Im just saying stay away from wd40 all together haha, not bashing anyone

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wd40 makes o-rings swell. use kerosene or diesel.
+1, I use Diesel over kerosene since Ive read many stories of kerosene causing slight rusting or the beginning of rusting. So I use diesel to be clear minded
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Dont use brake cleaner, use kerosene to clean. And the apply lots of no-fly-off lubricant. Make sure to really grease everything up. Especially if you have a nice O-ring chain.

DO NOT USE WD40 to LUBE YOUR CHAIN LIKE MENTIONED ABOVE. DO NOT EVEN GET ME STARTED ABOUT WD40
Read use wd40 wipe it off then use chain lube....I've done this for years and never had issues with any of my chains. Sure there could be better things to clean it with but mostly everyone had WD40 at home
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Read use wd40 wipe it off then use chain lube....I've done this for years and never had issues with any of my chains. Sure there could be better things to clean it with but mostly everyone had WD40 at home
WD-40, which contains petroleum distillates (paint thinner) that can melt/alter plastics. Crazy, I know. But Id hate to ruin my brand new did o-ring chain...

I misread your post and thought you said to just use wd40, sorry dude. But for your own good id stay away from wd490
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+1 for Kerosene. That melts the grime away from your chain/wheels. Spray it on, wash it off. Done.
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wd40 makes o-rings swell. use kerosene or diesel.
I thought WD-40 was kerosene based? Is it the other additives that make it swell? I've been using it to clean all my chains. I've haven't had any issues so far...
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I thought WD-40 was kerosene based? Is it the other additives that make it swell? I've been using it to clean all my chains. I've haven't had any issues so far...
WD-40 does not contain silicone, kerosene, water, wax, graphite, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), or any known cancer-causing agents.
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WD-40, which contains petroleum distillates (paint thinner) that can melt/alter plastics. Crazy, I know. But Id hate to ruin my brand new did o-ring chain...
All my chains lasted >10k miles with no problems except my Motard chain that rusted up pretty bad after a nice mud escapade. I've never paid attention but where in the world can u buy kerosine?
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All my chains lasted >10k miles with no problems except my Motard chain that rusted up pretty bad after a nice mud escapade. I've never paid attention but where in the world can u buy kerosine?
Kerosene can be purchase from Home depot or lowes in 1 gallon containers for maybe $10/gallon.

Diesel in my opinion is 2x as good as kerosene, it will not rust, and its much cheaper then kerosene. And you dont have to walk into home depot to buy it, its at any gas station!
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The owners manual says kerosene. Save your chain and avoid chain lube in a spray can. Thats a scam. Follow the owners manual and you will save a ton of money on chains. Mine last no less than 40 to 50 thousand miles each.
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You can get a lifetime supply of kerosene at Lowes or HD for like $9. Honda manual says to use it btw...
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The owners manual says kerosene. Save your chain and avoid chain lube in a spray can. Thats a scam. I follow the owners manual and you will save a ton of money on chains. Mine last no less than 40 to 50 thousand miles each.
+1 50k Miles on a chain is almost half the bikes life.

A bad chain is just asking for more problems and more money, sprockets can get worn out from a bad chain easily.
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You can get a lifetime supply of kerosene at Lowes or HD for like $9. Honda manual says to use it btw...
also at Academy/Gander Mountain/Ace Hardware. And yeah it's $8-10/gal. Grab a $.99 spray bottle while you at it.
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and make sure you don't get WD-40 on your DISC Brakes!!!!
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Wow guys! Thanks for all the great help. Looks like I'll be getting some kerosene to clean it with. Thanks again everyone!
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