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Old 09-29-2008, 10:03 AM   #1
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Wrong chain lube?

Ok, when I take my motorcycle to get the chain cleaned and oiled, the chain is nice and quiet for the next 400 miles, however when I clean and lube it, the chain starts to "wisper" under load only after about 100 miles. I attended Patrick's maintenance class so I think I'm doing it OK.

I clean the chain with WD-40 and a fiber rag, lube it with Repsol chain lube, wipe off excess.

Why are my oil jobs not lasting very long? Should I try a more viscous lube?
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you said lube.
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are you spraying the wd-40 directly on the chain?

or on the rag first?
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:08 AM   #4
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you said lube.
lube and .. there I said it, care to elaborate?

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are you spraying the wd-40 directly on the chain?

or on the rag first?
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:24 AM   #5
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chain?


WD-40 will eat through the o-rings. Also, if the lubricant is oil based the wd-40 will "eat" the petroleum, basically making the lube useless.


You need to spray the WD-40 onto a rag lightly, and rub down the chain.
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you applying the chain lube while the chain is "warm"? I typically spray the chain down with WD-40, brush it, wipe off the excess and then spend 5 or so minutes trolling around the neighborhood. I then wipe any excess WD-40 off and then apply the lube.
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I was having the same problem. The cleaner was not fully off the chain before I put the lube on and it was doing no good. Within 100-200 miles I was on a dry chain.

aren't you supposed to clean/lube your chain every 150-200 miles anyway?

I spray wd40 directly on the warm chain, clean, then lubricate with chainwax about every 200 or so miles. ( every other tank of fuel at the latest interval ) or after every time I ride in the rain. I've done this for about 10k miles with no adverse effects, and no visible o-ring damage.
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WD-40 will eat through the o-rings.

where does this urban legend come from?

Read up. . .
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=345397

and there are many more where that came from, some test using o-rings completely submerged in WD-40 for months with no ill effect
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After cleaning the chain i let it sit for about an hour to let it dry out, then i wax it and let it sit until tacky.
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After cleaning the chain i let it sit for about an hour to let it dry out, then i wax it and let it sit until tacky.
ride the bike for a few minutes to warm the chain and it will become "tacky" a little faster.
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I use kerosene..then PJ1 lube.. works good for me..
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true but slings everywhere. patience daniel son , patience
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You can also put it on a rear stand, click into gear and let it spin at a low idle and that will avoid WD-40 being slung everywhere
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You can also put it on a rear stand, click into gear and let it spin at a low idle and that will avoid WD-40 being slung everywhere
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where do ya'll get your lube from? can I find it at wal-mart or cyclegear?
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where does this urban legend come from?

Read up. . .
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and there are many more where that came from, some test using o-rings completely submerged in WD-40 for months with no ill effect
There's articles going both ways. You read up.


Nevertheless, it does break down petroleum. So if you're using oil-based, forget about it.
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just hit it with some lube every time u go out or everytime u get back preferably and u ought to be good clean it when u clean the bike and let it dry out good before applyin any lube.
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