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post #1 of 18 Old 05-14-2012, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Grease As A Chain Lube

Washed the KLR this morning for the first time in a year. While I was at it, I also gave the chain a really good scrubbing/degreasing.

After seeing a tube of it sitting on top of my cabinet, I decided to re-lube the chain with some Mobil 1 Synthetic grease, lovingly caressed with my bare hand onto all surfaces of the chain, leaving a thin, but adequate layer of protection.

I've been using chainsaw bar oil, also applied with my bare hand.

I'm curious to see how well the grease performs. I figure it will fling off like the bar oil but will maybe remain on the chain longer. I've never used grease on a motorcycle chain before.

Anybody see anything detrimental about using it? It's designed to work with rubber bearing seals and boots, so don't see why it would hurt the chain o-rings. It doesn't "flow" like oil, but I spent 10 minutes hand-rubbing it on and figure once it heats up a little bit, it should coat everything I might have missed. Or, perhaps I'm wrong?

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post #2 of 18 Old 05-14-2012, 11:29 AM
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Should be an interesting experiment. I never had good results from M1 grease, always seamed to oil separate.
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post #3 of 18 Old 05-14-2012, 12:42 PM
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I just keep mine wet, period.
Much of that IS done with ViperLube, a spray-on
grease that evaps into a nice thick goop that doesn't
fling off.
I've/ do also run WD-40, motor oil, literally anything
that causes lube-age.

If I stayed with any one product, it would be spray on
grease or chain lube. It sticks, it lasts. (better anyway)

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I can't see how the grease would hurt.. I'm a bad person when it comes to chain lube.. I take terrible care of chains/sprockets, and then I replace them at 20K, whether they need it or not..

I'm a Chain Wax/or WD40/or whatever I can find lube guy..
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Although I'm sure somebody's tried it, I've never known anybody who did. I'll let you guys know how it works. I just had the Mobil stuff that I use on my lawnmowers sitting around and grabbed it.

Not for those who don't like to get their hands dirty, though. The only way you can effectively apply it is with a bare hand, although I suppose you could just use an old cotton glove and save it for that purpose if you're the persnickety type.



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So far I've used a number of different chain lube products, plus WD40, gear oil, trans oil and who knows what else.

Last year I switched to BelRay SureClean Chain Lube and that is what I will be sticking with.

http://www.belray.com/bel-ray-super-clean-chain-lube

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Lately, I've just been cleaning with wd40 and rolling.




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Back in the early 80's, we used to lube our racing bicycle chains with parafin. We'd melt the wax in a double-boiler and throw a degreased and clean chain in, let it melt in and put it back on the bike. Seemed good for 600 miles or so. With grease, I'd find some thick moly-based grease and melt it into the chain the same way, not getting it to hot (so it doesn't hurt the o-rings).
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i could see grease being terrible down here in the sandy desert, it would effectivly turn the chain into sandpaper and grind away the sprockets and the chain. the best stuff i've used so far has been made by wd-40, it is a chain lube(walmart) ive tried other waxes and lubes and by far that stuff has reduced noise and kept the bike cleaner longer...just my opinion.

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i could see grease being terrible down here in the sandy desert, it would effectivly turn the chain into sandpaper and grind away the sprockets and the chain. the best stuff i've used so far has been made by wd-40, it is a chain lube(walmart) ive tried other waxes and lubes and by far that stuff has reduced noise and kept the bike cleaner longer...just my opinion.
Good point. One must consider the environment, especially challenging for a dual-sport bike.



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