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Old 11-25-2008, 10:58 AM   #1
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chain cleaning

Im sure this is a repost but i never got anything on my search.

I just want to know the best and safest way to clean a chain without damaging it. thanks in advance!
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^^^ Yeah what he said



Hey here's a fun fact...


Kerosene works just as good at "chain cleaner" at about a 10th of the price.


Remember, after you lube it, let the bike sit for 15 minutues before riding it or you might get lube thrown all over you leg
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Oh and you should be doing this once a month, regardless if you ride it only a few times.
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chain cleaner was 4 bucks and stores easy and out of reach from the kids. But yes kerosene works well.
For a little can


Kerosene- $4 for 3 years supply
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u should attend patrick's bike maintanence shop
great info in that class. u can use wd-40
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good info! yea imma try and pick up a rear stand soon and i have race fairings on now so imma do it myself. im competent enough....i think

last time i cleaned it i used brake cleaner and a tooth brush, well a few tooth brushes. ill do the kerosene thing and see how that goes. i got plenty of chain guard to put on afterward. imma try and clean up my frame and all the gunk underneath too.
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good info! yea imma try and pick up a rear stand soon and i have race fairings on now so imma do it myself. im competent enough....i think

last time i cleaned it i used brake cleaner and a tooth brush, well a few tooth brushes. ill do the kerosene thing and see how that goes. i got plenty of chain guard to put on afterward. imma try and clean up my frame and all the gunk underneath too.

Last time I degreased my bike I used wd40 on the chain, and engine cleaner on the frame ect... It was really easy. Just spray on the foam, let it penetrate and [garden] hose off. The foamy engine cleaner stuff just cut right through the stuck on grease, but don't let it sit too long, cuz it is bad for the fairings and you don't want it to get to your bearings ect... I found it worked great with very little elbow grease.
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wd40 works good with a brush, on most the chains ive bought it actually says to clean them with kerosene on the back of the box
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You guys use WD40 on your chain?? Not bashing or hating but that's ruining your chain, I have seen chain boxes say " do not use generic chain lube" aka WD40
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You guys use WD40 on your chain?? Not bashing or hating but that's ruining your chain, I have seen chain boxes say " do not use generic chain lube" aka WD40
i got that advice from patrick.
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You guys use WD40 on your chain?? Not bashing or hating but that's ruining your chain, I have seen chain boxes say " do not use generic chain lube" aka WD40
where is Jetcycles when you need him? I too use WD-40, never once has it caused any issues with breaking down o-rings or the like.
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You guys use WD40 on your chain?? Not bashing or hating but that's ruining your chain, I have seen chain boxes say " do not use generic chain lube" aka WD40
The WD40 is for the cleaning. Still should use lube.
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You guys use WD40 on your chain?? Not bashing or hating but that's ruining your chain, I have seen chain boxes say " do not use generic chain lube" aka WD40
You can use wd40. I read a letter from them on the R1 forum that said as much. If you give me a second I'll find it.

Edit: Correct. For cleaning purpose only.
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maybe ill just use water to clean it and some steel files
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