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Old 07-22-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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Wipe off chain with rag, while cleaning?

Hi guys, my owners manual suggests kerosene to clean the chain, which works well enough on my chain but i do notice after scrubbing it that a thin film of wet dirt is "sheen"d on the chain when i finish a section, can i wipe this with a towel or will the stray fibers from the towel be harmful?
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:37 PM   #2
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It is my opinion that a few stray cotton fibers will do no harm...
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:47 PM   #3
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:26 PM   #4
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yup, just wipe it down, keep fingers FAR away from sprockets, DO NOT RUN THE ENGINE IN GEAR TO SAVE TIME!

yes, people have done it and got mangled in the process.
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:29 PM   #6
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what about using chain wax after cleaning... does anyone do this
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:54 PM   #7
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thats when you need to apply the wax.... if you use wax.
use one or the other not both.
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I clean mine with Super clean and a grunge brush. I then pressure wash it being careful to dot damage the o rings. I let it dry for a bit and then take it for a quick spin to dry and warm the chain. I lift the rear and give it a good dose of chain wax after its dry and warm.
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ok im using a waxy lube my neighbor gave me it has the consistency of sticky wd40 (realy sticky) i have used this a few times and dont know just how superior it is over say...used motor oil, or whether i trust one better than the other and in response to the original post:

...and for the matter of a clean chain.. should a properly cleaned chained appear "shiny and chromey" after your done cleaning it (before lubing) i mean, is a darkish chain or semi-cleaned chain really "clean?" prob just over worrying about it, seeings how ANYTHING is probally better than no effort at all.
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Yes. Not enough to blast the o rings but strong enough to clean the chain to a like new look. I pressure wash the rims and swing arm at the same time. Its the best way to get the rubber that is stuck to the bottom side of the tail too.
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Yes. Not enough to blast the o rings but strong enough to clean the chain to a like new look. I pressure wash the rims and swing arm at the same time. Its the best way to get the rubber that is stuck to the bottom side of the tail too.
If the chain is maintained properly every 200-500 miles then it wouldn't have enough dirt on it to need to be pressure washed....

Wd40 on a rag clean off the chain till clean, then spray it with a chain wax/ lube
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Hi guys, my owners manual suggests kerosene to clean the chain, which works well enough on my chain but i do notice after scrubbing it that a thin film of wet dirt is "sheen"d on the chain when i finish a section, can i wipe this with a towel or will the stray fibers from the towel be harmful?
I would say sign up and go to Patrick's (at Motorcycles Unlimited) periodic maintenance class, but I'm not sure if he still hosts them...

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what about using chain wax after cleaning... does anyone do this
lol wut?
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I'll probably have a class in August.
Meantime, if you're by the shop swing in and I'll show you how to clean/lube and adjust it, no charge.
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