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Old 04-23-2008, 05:47 PM   #1
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How To? cleaning your chain

if you haven't.....put your bike on a stand, spin the wheel and see what it feels like.....then get a can of WD40 and a toothbrush, soak the chain in WD40 and brush away. depending on how much gunk you have on your chain, it may take a while.

after your done, spin the wheel again, and see how freely it spins now. wow, nice difference? if not.....at least it looks nice again
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Old 04-23-2008, 05:48 PM   #2
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Then always lube a chain when it's warm..right?
So drive it around the hood for ten minutes B4 lubing it.
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or take it to Motorcycles Unlimited look around or go down to the dennys grab something to eat....while u get ur chain cleaned up and lube and adjusted....

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wd40 is bad....mkk. makes the orings swell and pinch in the chain mkkk....
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oh man... that is a horrible writeup... Patrick would be most upset...
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...... but when i have problems being able to screw other things i normally tie them up and lube the out of it. dont be afraid do get rough with it. if you cant handle it with the tool you have maybe the task is to hard for you. in which case if could be time for some tag team action and maybe even a foursome...
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also a grunge brush is about a 100 times better than a tooth brush...makes the job even more cake than it already is.
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oh man... that is a horrible writeup... Patrick would be most upset...
that's the last thing we need.....Patrick being mad and not givin us our new toys.
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i use kerosene... works good...
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My Writeup/sequence...

Items Needed:
Chain Wax
Kerosene
Shop towels/rags
Brush
Rear Stand

Steps:
1. Go for a quick ride (or coming back from a ride); chain should be warm
2. Lift the rear of the bike up with a stand (so that the rear wheel spins freely)
3. Lay down newspaper and a container (to catch excess spray) under the chain
4. Spray the chain liberally with KEROSENE; front of sprocket, back of sprocket, and also side (perpedicular)
5. Scrub the chain with a brush (Some use a toothbrush, I utilize one of those bathtub scrubbers...works real well) I usually keep the brush stationary (along side the rear sprocket) and sping the wheel, I do this for two chain revolutions. Then I do it on the back side of the chain (two more revolutions) and then again against the the top of the chain (perpendicular to the sprocket)...
6. Wipe down the chain with a shop towel (either cheap blue ones from walmart or an cotton rag)
7. Spray the chain again with Kerosene (as in step #4)
8. Wipe the chain down again with towels or rag (as in step #6)
9. Get some chain wax, shake can and spray the chain on the rear sprocket on the front, back, and side.
10. Let bike sit for 10-15 minutes and then wipe off excess...
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If you guys really need pics, I will post some later... let me know..
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give the guy a break - i'm sure you all get the concept...

poor tony - going from honda to suzuki and already talking about maintenance
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wd40 is bad....mkk. makes the orings swell and pinch in the chain mkkk....


That's all I used to wiped off the old lube. Is this coming from experience or manufacturer? Oil is bad for o-rings.
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that is what wd 40 does to orings and rubber in general. I use it on bad o rings and valve seats to make extinguishers seal when there are no replacement parts available.
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I could have swore that Patrick said to use WD40 in his maintenance workshop that I went to....

I also don't wipe off the excess, I just let it dry on there. I'd rather have too much than too little. I think that's what Motorcycles Unlimited did too when I had my tire changed there a few weeks ago. My chain was white when I left.
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I use kerosene and a small hard brissle paint brush. I simply dab the chain with the brush/kerosene and go all the way around until the chain is super clean. I then take it for 5-10 minute ride to warm chain. Come back put on stand and lube it up (on the INSIDE of the chain where the chain makes contact with the sproket (not the outside!)).

If you ride before cleaning the chain then chain will cool off by time you are ready to put the lube on. I have a grunge brush but it doesn't work well at all. It hardly gets anything off the chain. Of course I like mine to be gunkless.

This process takes aprox an hour to complete (clean/ride/lube). I do this every 1-2k miles or whenever the chain starts to look nasty.

PS. The chainwax that Patrick sells is the best that I have found and doesn't fling off as bad as PJ1 and others.
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Dont use ANYTHING!!!
Just chain lube.

Why the do you have to clean it anyway?
Put a new one on, cheap bastards. hehehe
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dupont teflon chain lube. . . awesome-o
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Quote:
Originally Posted by indoMLA View Post
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My Writeup/sequence...

Items Needed:
Chain Wax
Kerosene
Shop towels/rags
Brush
Rear Stand

Steps:
1. Go for a quick ride (or coming back from a ride); chain should be warm
2. Lift the rear of the bike up with a stand (so that the rear wheel spins freely)
3. Lay down newspaper and a container (to catch excess spray) under the chain
4. Spray the chain liberally with KEROSENE; front of sprocket, back of sprocket, and also side (perpedicular)
5. Scrub the chain with a brush (Some use a toothbrush, I utilize one of those bathtub scrubbers...works real well) I usually keep the brush stationary (along side the rear sprocket) and sping the wheel, I do this for two chain revolutions. Then I do it on the back side of the chain (two more revolutions) and then again against the the top of the chain (perpendicular to the sprocket)...
6. Wipe down the chain with a shop towel (either cheap blue ones from walmart or an cotton rag)
7. Spray the chain again with Kerosene (as in step #4)
8. Wipe the chain down again with towels or rag (as in step #6)
9. Get some chain wax, shake can and spray the chain on the rear sprocket on the front, back, and side.
10. Let bike sit for 10-15 minutes and then wipe off excess...
GrungeBrush. Only $15 and makes this sooooo much easier. Can be had at your local CycleGear.
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