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will be cleaning my chain on my 01 929 for the upcoming season. i know this has been talked about many times before, but did a search and found nothing. what should i use? i had one person tell me to use break clean and WD40. then i heard WD40 is not good, will rust. any good ideas?
 

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i USE HONDA SPRAY CHAIN STUFF ON MINE, CLEANS IT UP GOOD, SOME PEOPLE SAY IT SPRAYS ON THE BIKE AND LIKE CHAIN WAX BETTER

 

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Don't use Wd-40, I heard it will swell the o-rings. My suggestion would be to remove the chain if possible, then get some chain cleaner and a brush and go to town in a bucket. Huh? That sounded funny, no? Put the sucker back on and lube it, take it for a spin and lube it again. If you don't want to buy anything I guess you could use gas and a toothbrush.

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Make sure your bike is running and you are smokining a cigarette when you clean the chain with gasoline.
Everyone likes to post helpful tips... Gasoline for cleaning, Idiots.

Gojo hand cleaner works best.
Not the one with pumice.

Your chain manufacturer sayes to clean your chain with kerosine.
Gojo is kerosine based and has lanoline which will protrect the o-rings.


HaHaHa...I get it now, gasoline...That was a joke, right?

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WD WD WD 40. /images/icons/laugh.gif

Seriously, that's what i use. I use it to clean the chain and lube it. That's all, nothing else.

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Personally, I've been using my grunge brush dipped in kerosine along w/ a rag to wipe up the mess. It sounds messy put isnt too bad, just work a couple(6) inches at a time and keep the rag nearby.
My fav lube has been Maxxim Chain Wax but once I use it up I might try somethng from Bel Ray. A friend swears by it, it basically gives it the showroom white residue look and doesnt fling off either.

I wld DEFINITELY stay away from gasoline! If any one thing wld damage the o-rings, I think, that wld be it.

One last thing, in another Forum I frequent this discussion has come up and I was surprised at how many guys just wipe down their chain w/ WD40 and thats it! So Im not so sure this is a bad method either.

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After trying a few different products on the market I do this:
With the chain warm after riding and the bike on a race stand/center stand, wipe the chain down with WD40. I then use an acid brush and 90 weight motor oil and 'paint' the entire chain. Let it sit a few minutes, then just wipe the chain down with a clean rag. Done. Its fast, it really cleans and lubes the chain and no fling-off on the rear tire, I do this every 300 to 400 miles.
 

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WD40 will penetrate the o rings, I use to use it until my chain started squeking. I ride with my chain very tight. Use what the book says gear oil. It works the best. If you ride in the rain use some wax.

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I just spray on the wax a little thick, wipe off with a rag and ride for a little bit then lube with the wax once again.
 

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cbrjames~ I've been using <font color=red>Honda</font color=red> chain lube for years and it hasn't failed me yet. I will say this, if you have white/polished/chrome rims then I would cover them with a rag as to avoid any overspray.

 

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Kerosene

Kerosene

and some more Kerosene.

Kerosene not only removes the dirt as you wipe a kerosene soaked towel over the chain, but it also lubricates and protects the rubber rings. A little bit goes a long way too. But if you don't use kerosene, I now hear that WD-40 is the next best thing.

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I usually use contact cleaner (Honda's, which happens to be o-ring safe) and a small brush to clean the chain, and Honda chain lube after that. It's a messy job, so have a pile of rags handy.

Oh, and as to chain tension, riding with a tight chain is worse than riding with a loose one. You're binding your suspension travel and placing more stress on the countershaft than necessary...and it's probably why your chain squeaks. There's a damn good reason dirtbikers and roadracers have looser-than-normal chain tension. If nothing else, go to the loose side of factory-recommended spec.

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Nominal is right about that too tight of a chain talk. I know it seems loose, but yes, like nominal said, you have to trust the manufacturers specs and maybe even go looser if you want your chain to last longer and stay healthier.

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Yea and loose chains are great in turns. Good luck I prefer mine tight, not to tight but no play. Listen just use some chain lube or mobil 1 gear oil like the owners manuel says. My experience with WD-40 is bad. Sorry can't support it.

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I have to agree that tight chains are a really bad idea /images/icons/shocked.gif Just check out Haydens or Mladins or anybodies chain while they're cornering....it's flopping around like a fish.

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