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Old 09-21-2008, 08:31 PM   #1
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Some general help would be nice. I've been studious in cleaning and applying lube to the chain, but the OEM chain has some kinks after 10k miles. Probably missed a month or when started riding wasn't as studios.

so.... now I'd like a better rythm.

1. Is it ok when I'm washing my bike to spray down the chain with wd-40 liberally, then after washing bike off, clean all wd off taking all the excess grease and grime, then apply the lube? I know some use wd-40 for cleaning, but I'd like to know if its ok to apply directly, then after letting sit a few minutes clean off the chain thoroughly.

2. Ok to use a plastic bristle brush like used on dishes to clean off? Will this hurt the sealant rings if plastic? Would be easier to scrub off some of that extra grime that takes longer with a rag.

3. Any nifty gadgets you guys know of that helps keep chain lubed constantly and cleaned up?
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Grunge brush FTMFW!!!!

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Some general help would be nice. I've been studious in cleaning and applying lube to the chain, but the OEM chain has some kinks after 10k miles. Probably missed a month or when started riding wasn't as studios.

so.... now I'd like a better rythm.

1. Is it ok when I'm washing my bike to spray down the chain with wd-40 liberally, then after washing bike off, clean all wd off taking all the excess grease and grime, then apply the lube? I know some use wd-40 for cleaning, but I'd like to know if its ok to apply directly, then after letting sit a few minutes clean off the chain thoroughly.

2. Ok to use a plastic bristle brush like used on dishes to clean off? Will this hurt the sealant rings if plastic? Would be easier to scrub off some of that extra grime that takes longer with a rag.

3. Any nifty gadgets you guys know of that helps keep chain lubed constantly and cleaned up?

dont use wd 40 , use a steel wire brush then use a simple chain lube spray like 5 buxks a can
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found one myself... http://www.chaindrain.com/

and the grunge http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/motorcycle-chain-lube/

seems helpful
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dont use wd 40 , use a steel wire brush then use a simple chain lube spray like 5 buxks a can
why don't you use wd-40 for cleaning of the chain?
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where can i get one of those? cg?
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where can i get one of those? cg?
Yep. @ $15.

I use the grunge brush and karosene to clean it. then lube that up and good to go
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why don't you use wd-40 for cleaning of the chain?
http://www.instructables.com/id/Why-...ur-Bike-Chain/
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wd 40 strips existing lube, makes it as iff no lube at all
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WD40 on a rag to clean of the old lube abd grime, spray with a good lube like Bel Ray.
Come by the shop and I'll show you the proper way to lube it to minimize it flying off.
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ya not as a lube, he was saying as a cleaner. patrick might be able to chime in on this but i believe it is not good for o-ring chains, but ok for standard chains as a CLEANER, not a lube.
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ya not as a lube, he was saying as a cleaner. patrick might be able to chime in on this but i believe it is not good for o-ring chains, but ok for standard chains as a CLEANER, not a lube.
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WD40 on a rag to clean of the old lube abd grime, spray with a good lube like Bel Ray.
Come by the shop and I'll show you the proper way to lube it to minimize it flying off.
The reason I ask, is because just wiping the chain down with it doesn't get all the grime in between and help clean it off. I don't use wd-40 as a lube, only to strip down all the previous grime and lube. You already hooked me up with Belray so I don't have issues with it flinging at all. My research online has indicated a huge dispute about wd-40, with the official wd-40 email response as it is perfectly fine to use on the chain, as long as after finished with cleaning a correct lubricant is applied.

Would you agree? I'm wanting to know the best way to clean all the grime inside, where the brush has trouble reaching and wd strips it out much better.
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Do not spray wd-40 onto your chain directly. It will degrade the o-rings, and if I'm not mistaken it will eat away the petroleum in the lube making it not lubricate.

I'd suggest taking Patrick up on his offer....
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