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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-17-2007, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
 
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Wax or Lube?

I just bought my first bike a week ago and need some expert advice. I want to clean and lube (or wax) my chain sometime soon. Was thinking that I'd get it up on a center stand, cover the rear wheel with something and use WD-40 to clean the chain... My question is, should I use chain LUBE or WAX? Which is better? Thanks!
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-17-2007, 08:50 AM
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I use wax. Both work. Lube can fling a bit, IIRC. Apply wax just after you've ridden so that the chain is nice and hot.

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I've been using the Dupont Multi-Purpose Teflon lube. That stuff is totally the shizz.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-17-2007, 06:29 PM
 
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No matter what wax or lube you use the ANSWER is to apply the material (do not saturate it) once you have come home for the day & let it soak in through the hours. I NEVER have whatever I apply flinging off the chain. In other words when the chain is hot.

The other trick is to ADJUST the chain when it is cold & NOT when it is hot.

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-18-2007, 05:12 AM
 
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I've been using the Dupont Multi-Purpose Teflon lube. That stuff is totally the shizz.
I'm using this stuff now and it's real easy and clean. However, only time will tell on chain life.

Previously, I used good old 80W-90 for lube and no matter how long I left it sit, I would always get some fling.

For major cleaning I still use kerosene, but for in-betweens, the Dupont stuff seems to clean reasonably well if you let it spray full pressure. For the regular lubing, I normally just shake it up good and sorta drizzle it on.
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I'm using this stuff now and it's real easy and clean. However, only time will tell on chain life.
True dat, but so far so good. I'm approaching 20,000 miles on my current chain, for which I used the Dupont lube on since it was installed, and it's still in "new" condition. In fact, I've only had to adjust it once since it's been on, and that was when the rear tire was replaced.
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No kidding 20,000 miles on a chain & only adjusted when a rear tyre was put on. That is simply outstanding---obviously in competition to life of my tyres-----well okay so your chain does & should last longer then a m/c chain on a sportbike.

I say by-by to a chain in a much shorter time.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-19-2007, 10:05 PM
 
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True dat, but so far so good. I'm approaching 20,000 miles on my current chain, for which I used the Dupont lube on since it was installed, and it's still in "new" condition. In fact, I've only had to adjust it once since it's been on, and that was when the rear tire was replaced.
it must be good friends with your 16,000 mile rear tire...

Oh god please dont get mad i just couldnt resist!

no seriously, what chain you got on there? 525, 520, 530? 20,000 on a chain in good contition is GREAT!
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-20-2007, 02:29 PM
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it must be good friends with your 16,000 mile rear tire...

Oh god please dont get mad i just couldnt resist!

no seriously, what chain you got on there? 525, 520, 530? 20,000 on a chain in good contition is GREAT!
Haha no offense taken. It takes a lot for the Tee to get Teed off.

I've got a 525 (stock size) DID chain, which at the moment is good friends with my 7,000 mile rear tire, which appears to have more than half it's life left at the moment. The thing that seemed to kill my stock RK chain was not so much stretch and wear, but binding and seizing of the links, which was most likely lube related.
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And I have a 530 DID on my bike, though mind you it is the second chain on the 929 though with more milage is same size, but other make I cannot remember though something starting with a K or R.
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