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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-22-2007, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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how often should i WD-40 my chain????

just wondering.
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Re: how often should i WD-40 my chain????

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just wondering.
Are you using WD-40 to lube it or clean it? IMO, WD-40 is not a chain lube. It's great for loosening rusty nuts / bolts and for squeaky hinges, but that's about it.

I use a Castrol ant-fling chain lube. I do it every two weeks, or so, depending on miles travelled and if I encounter wet weather.

I clean my chain monthly, using degreaser to remove all of the old lube, grime and dirt.

For best results, take your bike for a short ride, to warm the chain up, before cleaning and lubing. Leave the lube to soak-in (I just leave it overnight), then wipe away excess.




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ok, and what are the dangers of not lubing your change for 2k+ miles??
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Your chain will be pretty knackered after 2k miles w/o being lubed. There aren't any real "dangers" but you've probably damaged your sprockets a bit.

Try to clean and lube up every 600 miles or when the chain is exposed to lots of rain or dirt.
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If you live in a very dusty/dirty area, it's best to degrease/clean the chain every time you lube the chain (although your suppose to every time, but if you live in a relatively clean area, you don't have to). Also, the chain lube increases the life out of your chain by reducing the wear and tear on it as well as keeping the O-rings from dry rooting and reducing the amount of rust buildup.
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...as well as keeping the O-rings from dry rooting...
HAHAHAHAHA!!! Yeah, I hate it when my o-rings DRY ROOT!




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damnit, This is what I did last night.




I did drink them right after I took the shots. also took pics of margarita's and pina colada's but they didn't come out good. Guess I should have waited AFTER the pictures were taken instead of during the photoshoot... By 1am, I was having a hard time will all of the flashes going off.
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lol...thx guys and nice choice of beverages. i have partaken in those two as well before....haha
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Also it's best to use a lube and cleaner that is compatible with O-ring chains. Technically, WD-40 isn't good for the o-rings, and it's generally inadvisable to soak the chain in it although some people have had good luck wiping their chains down with a WD-40 soaked rag. I use kerosene as a cleaner (cheaper, too.)

Personally, I like the Dupont Teflon multi-use lube. It's a dry lube so it doesn't attract dirt as bad, and it cleans as well as lubes.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-25-2007, 02:41 PM
 
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WD40 is a kerosene base oil...I have used it to clean my motorcycle chains for over 20 years and all my chains have lasted over 20,000 miles...

I clean chain with WD40 and use a good chain wax on my chains.
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