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Old 05-27-2012, 05:40 PM   #1
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Maintaining the Chain

Wanting to know from the experienced people how they maintain their chains?

so far, I am using chain wax. My new place has shown that my motorcycle will be exposed to more watery weather conditions every now and then

I was thinking about maybe using lube over wax. Or maybe Both

If I am using wax, can i use lube over it? or should I lube then add wax?

How would you clean a waxed chain to apply a newer coat?
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:53 PM   #2
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Wanting to know from the experienced people how they maintain their chains?

so far, I am using chain wax. My new place has shown that my motorcycle will be exposed to more watery weather conditions every now and then

I was thinking about maybe using lube over wax. Or maybe Both

If I am using wax, can i use lube over it? or should I lube then add wax?

How would you clean a waxed chain to apply a newer coat?
I wouldn't use two kinds of lubricants on the chain at the same time. Thats just me.

I use a specific chain degreaser/cleaner, however Diesel or Kerosene is more then enough to clean your chain. Your manual even states to use Kerosene to clean the chain.

I oil my chain at least every 400 miles, or every other ride. I also keep a close eye on my chain slack, this will give you the most out of your sprockets. I clean my chain when it starts looking dirty, I usually keep it sparkly clean and oiled.
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:54 PM   #3
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use one or the other, but not both.
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If I rember correctly, use chain wax for the break in period. Think it was 1000an miles. Then convert over to a chain oil. I really like ro use motorex road chain lube. It is a strog adhering fully synthetic chain lube. It has a white color to see if your chain is dirty. I usually clean every 300 miles or so.
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If I rember correctly, use chain wax for the break in period. Think it was 1000an miles. Then convert over to a chain oil. I really like ro use motorex road chain lube. It is a strog adhering fully synthetic chain lube. It has a white color to see if your chain is dirty. I usually clean every 300 miles or so.
You clean the chain every 300 miles? seems over kill
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You clean the chain every 300 miles? seems over kill
Maby, but it depends how fast you ride. Also the long sat rides it tends to get dirty fast. The weekend rides usually put 400 miles on my bike.
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I cleaned my chain after any wet riding or every third chain lube. I'd lube every 500 mi. Motorex is great.
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i've been riding bikes for 33 years and i have never used anything but oil on my chains. literally, 10-w40 motor oil. my last chain went 41k miles before i had to replace it.
if i can stay out of the rain, i can go 600 to 800 miles before i start to feel vibration in the chain, at which time i oil it. if i get caught riding in the rain too much, it washes it clean in under 200 miles.
as for cleaning, it's only a light film of oil and dust so it wipes off with a rag just before oiling.
when i do oil the chain, i do it at night so the oil has time to penetrate all of the nooks and crannies that need it most before riding it the next day.
yes it slings on the initial ride afterward but it cleans up easily with a paper towel or rag and your pretty much good to go after that.
i know it sounds crazy but the proof is in the pudding and i don't see anyone using spray lubes or chain waxes getting that kind of mileage from a chain.
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i've been riding bikes for 33 years and i have never used anything but oil on my chains. literally, 10-w40 motor oil. my last chain went 41k miles before i had to replace it.
if i can stay out of the rain, i can go 600 to 800 miles before i start to feel vibration in the chain, at which time i oil it. if i get caught riding in the rain too much, it washes it clean in under 200 miles.
as for cleaning, it's only a light film of oil and dust so it wipes off with a rag just before oiling.
when i do oil the chain, i do it at night so the oil has time to penetrate all of the nooks and crannies that need it most before riding it the next day.
yes it slings on the initial ride afterward but it cleans up easily with a paper towel or rag and your pretty much good to go after that.
i know it sounds crazy but the proof is in the pudding and i don't see anyone using spray lubes or chain waxes getting that kind of mileage from a chain.
I used to do the same, but I use PJ1 now. Because I dont like the mess of oil all over my tire and rim.
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:58 PM   #10
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I used to do the same, but I use PJ1 now. Because I dont like the mess of oil all over my tire and rim.
that's funny. i got caught out away from home recently and started getting some pretty bad vibes from my chain. i used someone else's PJ1 and, , what a mess that made ! and was it ever a to clean up.

different strokes............. i guess.
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that's funny. i got caught out away from home recently and started getting some pretty bad vibes from my chain. i used someone else's PJ1 and, , what a mess that made ! and was it ever a to clean up.

different strokes............. i guess.
I've been doing some tests. I've found that applying the oil at least an hour before the next ride keeps almost all the oil on the chain and no where else. Right after the application of oil it is a mess for sure.

A dry lube would be ideal, which is what I plan on buying next.
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how would you apply the oil to the chain? I dont have a garage or so....

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I've been doing some tests. I've found that applying the oil at least an hour before the next ride keeps almost all the oil on the chain and no where else. Right after the application of oil it is a mess for sure.

A dry lube would be ideal, which is what I plan on buying next.
send me a link to what you are getting
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I was applying the oil using a Pipette.
I will be trying the following product next

http://www.belray.com/bel-ray-super-clean-chain-lube

I have had great experience with PJ1. But You must apply it at least 1 hour prior to riding for it to not fling at all, that is why I plan on trying the above.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:18 PM   #14
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I just use kerosene to clean the chain every 3000k miles (sooner if it looks really dirty) and some chainsaw bar oil that Advance autoparts sell for $5/gallon. Works for me.
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i use a pump style oil can to oil my chain but i'm going to start carrying a mustard bottle of oil with me on long rides.
i oil four points on each pin. both of the O-rings and both ends of each roller.
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clean with wd-40, spray on your lube of choice. i use this one:

0000 PJ1 Blue Label Chain Lube
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I use kerosene and used to use white lithium grease which was great, now I use liquid wrench chain lubricant.

They are a good brand of lube and I use their stuff for everything from penetrating lubes to general greasing jobs.
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wd40 to clean. makes the chain look brand new. then i use dupont chainsaver dry lube. absolutely no sling/mess.




and cleaning every few hundred miles is not overkill to me. its easy and i like having the chain look new.
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