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post #1 of 5 Old 06-29-2017, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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Okay to use white gas to clean chain?

I normally use kerosene to clean my chain before lubing it, but all I have right now is white gas (camp fuel). Is this an acceptable substitute for kerosene?
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-29-2017, 12:56 PM
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Probably Not. It will probably degrade the O-rings.

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-29-2017, 08:06 PM
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Not that you asked, but I just use dish detergent and a grunge brush.

I wash the whole bike with dish soap. Hit the chain first and let her soak, then give it a good scrubbing at the end. Turns out sparkling.

Agree with not using gas, though. I would also worry that gas would be thin enough to seep inside a sealed chain and dissolve the grease, too.
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-29-2017, 08:25 PM
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Agree with not using gas, though. I would also worry that gas would be thin enough to seep inside a sealed chain and dissolve the grease, too.
The O-rings keep everything Out, until the O-rings de-generate or fling off and the drive chain turns into a conventional Un-Sealed, fast wearing chain. Sometimes, just in sections.
Which make really odd noises at some road speeds.

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-14-2017, 10:17 PM
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Kerosene is best.
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