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post #1 of 7 Old 06-07-2008, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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How often? Chain Lube!!

How often should I lube the chain???

After my first dirt ride I washed the bike then took some chain cleaner and cleaned the chain, after that I sprayed the chain lube on it!

I did a moderate ride in dirt the next Fri. maybe a couple miles of dirt. Then yesterday I went on another dirt ride which got the chain brown. I washed the bike and hosed off the chain. Didn't use any type of soap on the chain, just hose off with water. Should I re clean it with cleaner and then re lube? Should I just re lube, or is it needed with just having done it 2 weeks ago???

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-07-2008, 08:49 PM
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We'll lube with Chainwax every 300-400 miles, if it is mostly road miles. I admit I don't clean the chain as I should, but usually two or three times a year. If your in a lot of dirt and especially sandy dirt you need to clean the chain and relube it. The sand and grime will act like abrasive and destroy the chain and sprockets in a short time. Brake pads will also become worn out faster when doing more dirt and off road than highway.

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We'll lube with Chainwax every 300-400 miles, if it is mostly road miles. I admit I don't clean the chain as I should, but usually two or three times a year. If your in a lot of dirt and especially sandy dirt you need to clean the chain and relube it. The sand and grime will act like abrasive and destroy the chain and sprockets in a short time. Brake pads will also become worn out faster when doing more dirt and off road than highway.
Ok, thanks!! I am only doing light dirt roads, don't really have a lot of sand around my area!!! The dirt that was on the chain did rinse off real easy with just water so I will re-lube it after my next ride which will be about 300 miles since my last lube!!!!!!

I guess since I am trying to ride dirt every Friday, I will clean it once every couple of months!!!! That should keep everything moveing freely!!!! LOL

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post #4 of 7 Old 06-08-2008, 08:24 AM
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Kim,
Remember that the lube is sealed inside the chain from the factory. For the most part, what you doing to the outside of the chain with lube is keeping it from rusting.
It does help with sprocket wear also, but it's not like a non O-ring chain that wears internally..

My KDX200 came with a non O-ring chain, and I'd lube the hell out of it and still need to adjust it after almost every ride. I finally gave up on it and put an O-ring chain on it and went to adjusting it about 2 times a year.

Huge difference!!
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Oops, didn't realize I put this in the 2008 forum!!!!!!!!!!!! My bad!!! LOL Guess it really doesn't matter though, since they proably use the same chain set up!!!
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I didn't pay attention to that either...

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The only ones that I've moved are ones that state what year the bike is.. For all I know, you have a 2008
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