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Just wondering how others clean there chain and how often, myslef I clean once every two weeks, I use WD-40 to clean with low pressure air to get in between, wipe off excess with cotton cloth, paper towel suck, low pressure again, then finish with my choice of chain wax....in fact its time to clean today ;)

How many use those automatic chain oilers, I bought one a few years back but never attached it to my bike.

Now by me using WD-40 is that good or bad?
 

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I clean my chain about every two weeks worth of riding, which is around 600km (390mi).

I use a spray bottle full of kerosene. I put the bike up on its centre stand and slowly turn the rear wheel, spraying the chain as it goes around. I put an old rubber car mat between the chain and wheel, to keep the kero off the tyre.

I wait for the chain to dry, then use a Castrol anti-flick spray-on chain lube, leaving it to dry overnight, before wiping away the excess in the morning.



BTW, there are many threads on this topic. I suggest you do a search.
 

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Thanks cookeetree I did do the search, right after posting this and found a lot of info but thanks for your input
 

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WD 40

The service manager at Kissimme MotorSports where I bought my bikes at said I shouldn't use WD40 on the chain but instead a lubricant made for chains.

Ended up buying a can of chain lube at my shop for employee costs. Even the service guys at my shop say WD40 is not a good choice for chain lube.
 

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Karnij, I'd be surprised if more than one in a hundred riders have a clue on how to lube a chain. Most just use what I call the add, add, add method. They just keep spraying on more and more layers of some filthy, sticky goop that does nothing but attract and hold huge amounts of road grime and grit. WD-40 has only one possible use here and that is as a cleaning agent and should only be used as a substitute for proper cleaning. The point to remember here is that nearly all chains are O-Ring or X-Ring type and as such you can't get any lube into the load carrying pin area anyway. Other than lubricating the rollers, a chain lube only serves to protect the chain from water and corrosion.

Kerosene, WD-40 or other thin oils can flush off much of the dirt and grime but they're oils and will leave an oily film all over everything. You don't prepare to paint a wall by spraying oil all over it, do you? You want the chain to be absolutely clean and 'free' of oils before applying chain lube. I prefer to gunk my chain during a typical washing. Gunk makes the kerosene water-solulable. When the bike and chain are clean you must then get all the water off the chain, as you don't want to seal any water hiding beneath the rollers under the lube. If you don’t have an air compressor you can simply take the bike for a short ride to sling off any water. Then apply a good quality chain lube; I prefer chain wax, for several reasons. Last and perhaps most important you must now wipe off all the excess lube. I use a loose nap towel, such as an old face towel. Be very careful here not to get your fingers caught between the chain and sprocket. You'll need to get the rear tire off the ground to do this effectively, but that's another subject.
 

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DaveL,

Great post and absolutly superlative home shop. I commend you. I am wondering what exactly is "gunk?" It is this a brand name of some chemical? Please fill me in.

Thanks!
 

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DaveL,

Great post I commend you. I am wondering what exactly is "gunk?"
I agree good post.

I have this week spent 4hrs cleaning my chain using WD40 & Diesel fuel, I purchased a can of 'air blaster' to blow off excess then drying with towels.
Instaed of retreating chain with lube I've used a teflon coating which is a dry lube (no throw off).
Gunk in the UK is now very hard to get hold of, save the world & all that.
It is a good de-greaser but will if left on chain to long or forced on under pressure remove the lube between 'o' rings thus shortening life of chain.

hope this makes sense & helps :)
 

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Sounds like you've got a handle on it, all except for the can of compressed air. Those things are almost useless. If you don't have an air compresssor I'd opt for just takin the bike out for a fast 5 or 10 minute spin. You're going to wind up sealing the water in only to find rust oozing out later on. I've used those cans on computer keyboards and they're useless there too.
 

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I have to agree with you up to a point, they can be useful for removing dents from car bodywork or tank on bike and it wont crack the piantwork ;)
 

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My local shop told me to get WD-40 when I went to pick up a can of chain cleaner, he said it works better and it is cheaper, works well IMHO
 

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The Grunge Brush is a great tool! I love mine. Goes to the track with me every time.
 

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Cleaning chain is the most important thing, because for any vehicles chain is the essential and basic thing. So that should be keep in clean and neat, then only that will be working in good condition. Here so many people are shared very useful tips to clean the chain, i always prefer kerosene, this is the best liquid for cleaning it.
 

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"The best cleaner for all motorcycle chains is using good quality mineral spirits. I learned this trick from my grandfather many years ago. He was a machinist for many years and they would always use mineral spirits to degrease and clean many of their machines and tools. Mineral spirits are a petroleum based product that should not harm o-rings. Mineral spirits are also used in conjunction with a oil as a lubricant/coolant when tapping and dying metals. I have personally used this method for years; on both on-road and off-road bikes. I love your web site, keep up the great work."
 
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