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Old 01-23-2008, 10:43 PM   #1
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Chain Lube and Cleaner

Theres ALOT of different products out there that can be used for cleaning and lubbing your chain. Ive heard alot of things about WD40 and kerosene. What do you guys use to clean and lube your chain? Also, does the lube sling alot? How often do you clean and lube your chain? Every 200 miles? 500?
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Old 01-23-2008, 10:47 PM   #2
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I clean my chain after ever ride (almost). WD-40 to clean and chain wax (by Maxima) to lube. I don't think the maxima stuff is the best lube, but I feel by doing it frequently it's okay.
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I clean my chain after ever ride (almost). WD-40 to clean and chain wax (by Maxima) to lube. I don't think the maxima stuff is the best lube, but I feel by doing it frequently it's okay.
you clean it everytime? do you wax it to everytime? just wondering if you put the wd40 on it, does it cause anything to happen to the wax?
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I clean it about every other time I ride it. When you get done riding it, put it on a stand (or 2x4 under right side swingarm if your cheap ) and get a rag and spray lots of wd-40 on it and grab the chain with the rag and spin away. Or use a special chain cleaning brush....Javi can hook you up with that

Once cleaned with wd-40 spray chain lube on both sides of link. Spray by where the kick stand flips up to
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I've been told to lube a warm chain. Lubing cold chains causes lube to fling off
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you clean it everytime? do you wax it to everytime? just wondering if you put the wd40 on it, does it cause anything to happen to the wax?
I'm a little weird about this kind of stuff. I spray a little wd on the chain (with the bike on a rear stand) then wet a rag with some more wd. Then I work hella on getting the chain to be like shiny metal (this takes a little time/work). Then I dry off the chain (it can be a little wet). Then apply the chainwax as directed on the can.
I don't ride right after chain maintenance, therefore I don't lube a warm chain.
Don't know if this is the "right" way to do it, but I know it can't be wrong.

EDIT: to answer your question, I do remove a bit of wax during maintenance. In cleaning, I attempt to get the chain as new as possible; free of all dirt, grime, wax, whatever.
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i thought you were supposed to use hot running water to lube a chain. no?


j/k. Bel Ray chain lube. FTW.
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Then I work hella on getting the chain to be like shiny metal (this takes a little time/work).
I don't ride right after chain maintenance, therefore I don't lube a warm chain.
Don't know if this is the "right" way to do it, but I know it can't be wrong.
Dude stop working so hard to clean that chain and buy a chain cleaner brush from Javi or one of our other great sponsors

Ride B4 chain maintenance so the chain gets warm, then when you lube it....The lube sticks to it good
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You are supposed to lube your chain?
Someone is a lil too focused on pistol polishing

"Ok so there I was cleanin it and the thing went off in my hand"
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Dude stop working so hard to clean that chain and buy a chain cleaner brush from Javi or one of our other great sponsors

Ride B4 chain maintenance so the chain gets warm, then when you lube it....The lube sticks to it good
I prefaced by saying that I'm a little loco in this department. I firmly believe that there is no such thing as too much or too intricate in the maintenance department.
I do have a brush. I don't like the result.
Yes I'm crazy.
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I prefaced by saying that I'm a little loco in this department. I firmly believe that there is no such thing as too much or too intricate in the maintenance department.
I do have a brush. I don't like the result.
Yes I'm crazy.
I havent used one but I figured its better than the toothbrush I used once

Maybe since I'm in the mood for write ups Ill go outside and take some pics and show everyone how to lube their chain. Patrick taught me
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i just use a motul chain cleaner (or any other off the shelf cleaner), and every now and then keroseen (since it will actually remove the chain wax). I pair the chemicals with my grunge brush. I lube with chain wax.

I show love to the chain everytime I wash the bike...which is almost everytime I ride.
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i put the bike on a stand, start it and put it in 6th gear to let it idle, i find the fast spinning chain heats it up and makes cleaningit easier as you let the chain slide along on the rag with wd40 on it. then spray a little lube on it and you're good.






















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I clean and lube mine every ~400mi. I just picked up a grunge brush, and it works well, but I still go back with a shop rag and make it look as new as possible. Usually use WD-40 to clean it, and whatever I have as lube(Bel-Ray or Motul) I recently picked up some chain cleaner, but have only used it once, so no opinion on it just yet. Chain has lasted me 16k so far, but it's about time to change it.

BTW, if you lube the chain while it is warm, it will penetrate into the rings a lot better.
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I use WD-40 (I luuuvvvv the smell of that stuff) to clean and Maxima chain wax to lube the chain.
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I,ve heard WD40 can make the previous lube gummy and hard to clean off
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I,ve heard WD40 can make the previous lube gummy and hard to clean off


It's always worked like a champ for me.
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Hasn't given me a problem yet. How about anyone else?
WD-40 can clean tar off of your truck and thats some serious .:/:
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