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post #21 of 40 Old 11-29-2015, 12:13 PM
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1) the stock chain is rivited and doesn't have a masterlink

2) 34,000+ miles out of a stock chain is good enough for me....and so is WD40. http://www.watt-man.com/uploads/WD40experiment.pdf


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post #22 of 40 Old 12-19-2015, 08:45 PM
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I like to use diesel and a toothbrush to clean the chain. Diesel's safer than gas and cheaper than anything in a spray can and has some rust preventative and lube qualities if I forget to follow-up with a chain lube after.
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I'm sorry! But eventually, you will find that your current 'Diesel' treatment degrades the 'o'-rings, and the chain expires early!
It is NOT the same diesel as twenty years ago!

Try WD40 only, or Fuel Grade Kerosene, for cleaning.

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...........Try WD40 only, or Fuel Grade Kerosene, for cleaning.
I think 90 weight gear oil is a very good chain lubricant. On trips, I used to carry a small plastic bottle of it and apply it with a tooth brush.

I have now decided that I like the convenience and speed of application of WD40. I am willing to buy a new chain after 15 or 20 thousand miles. Also, the gear oil made the tooth brush taste funny and my teeth felt gritty after brushing.
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I'm sorry! But eventually, you will find that your current 'Diesel' treatment degrades the 'o'-rings, and the chain expires early!
It is NOT the same diesel as twenty years ago!

Try WD40 only, or Fuel Grade Kerosene, for cleaning.
Hmmm, didn't realize that, thanks for the tip.
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post #25 of 40 Old 01-07-2016, 12:07 PM
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I love this thread! I definitely makes me feel silly for ever worrying about the "best" way to lube a chain.

I've tried many different things on ATVs and motorbikes and always had a hard time telling which was better.

Great to hear that lots of folks out there use simpler solutions than I have. Gear oil, ATF, just WD-40.

Nice!
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post #26 of 40 Old 01-08-2016, 12:06 AM
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After many forays into the world of lubes, I clean with WD40 and that's it. Last chain got 25K miles and was still good. I was ready to be wrong, but WD40 and a brush is all I use (actually, I have one of those plastic things that goes over the chain with brushes cause I'm lazy).

Can't remember the last time I used lube.




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The service manager at my dealer gave me the thumbs up on those three sided chain brushes a long time ago. The one I currently have was purchased at cycle gear, called Grime Minister, for eight bucks.

STOCKTON TOOL COMPANY - Grime Minister Chain Brush - Chain Care - Cleaners - Accessories - Cycle Gear

I don't know what exactly the other end of the thing is for but the three brush side works fine.
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post #28 of 40 Old 01-08-2016, 10:17 AM
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I actually just bought one of those a couple months ago.... the three sided brush thingy. Work great for cleaning.

No kidding about the other end..... no idea.

There is no lack of WD-40 around our place.... I'm gonna try that on one of the machines. I'm gonna guess that I'd have to be pretty diligent on frequent cleanings/sprayings for this to be effective though.
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There is no lack of WD-40 around our place.... I'm gonna try that on one of the machines. I'm gonna guess that I'd have to be pretty diligent on frequent cleanings/sprayings for this to be effective though.
Good point. I clean/lube with WD40 every Sunday. I commute on my bike.

I'd be curious what you think if you try it. I think if anything, it makes more sense. Stuff gets stuck to lube. I was skeptical and I'm a believer now. But yeah, you gotta do it on a regular basis. I have a quick Sunday routine that always includes a clean chain (unless my back REALLY hurts).

So it is cleaned weekly. I don't do anything but look at it before I take off on weekdays, though - no spraying during the week.




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post #30 of 40 Old 01-08-2016, 10:10 PM
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Lockjaw, do you do many long rides with that routine? In other words, how many miles would you usually put on between chain cleaning/lubes?

Really kind of wondering what type of interval others use too.

Thanks!
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