How do you guys clean your O-Ring chain?


34 replies to this topic
  • Matty05

Posted December 27, 2005 - 03:11 AM

#1

I just spray my chain with degreaser and give it a bit of a scrub, but I am sure there is better ways to clean it.

I am also worried that the o-rings will trap the degreaser in the chain, so chain lube won't last that long. O-rings may degrade also with scrubbing and degreaser?

I am not too worried about my current chain, but I will be getting a new x-ring chain and new sprockets soon. I want the chain to last, because they are fairly expensive.

I use chain wax too, I have found that it stays on the chain and doesn't get flung off like chain oil type lube.

  • mousemeat

Posted December 27, 2005 - 03:14 AM

#2

i don't do anything to my o-ring chain except spray the mud off.

  • Indy_WR450

Posted December 27, 2005 - 05:12 AM

#3

Use WD40 and it will keep your chain clean and wash off any gunk without damaging the O-rings. I dont believe in waxy guey gunky chain lube for dirt bikes. Honda makes the best one that I have tried. I am now using WD40 followed by a light DigiLube and it keeps the chain clean and the chain life is about the same. :applause:

  • JCORMI

Posted December 27, 2005 - 07:28 AM

#4

If mine gets really gunked up I use some kerosene and a small plastic scrub brush, being careful to not let it " splatter" onto other area of the bike. It works great, I have the K1 in a small squeeze bottle and then put my oil drain pan under the rear sprocket with the bike on a stand. Quick and easy.

  • ncampion

Posted December 27, 2005 - 07:41 AM

#5

Actually you should not put any "lube" on an O ring chain. The O rings seal in the lube on the pins. Anything you put on the outside of the chain cannot get into the pins and just causes sand and grit to build up on the outside where it causes more rapid sproket wear. Just wash it off and spray it with WD40 keep it from rusting.

  • 642MX

Posted December 27, 2005 - 09:26 AM

#6

I spray mine off with some Simple Green and a pressure washer. I also lube it with whatever is handy. I mostly use Motorex 622 or WD 40. I know about not using a pressure washer, but it cleans the chain and I don't hold the nozzle too close to the chain. Aslong as the chain is clean and rust free it should last for a very long time (mine sure has).

  • 00YZ426FMRCD

Posted December 27, 2005 - 10:11 AM

#7

I elevate the bike and use an old Tooth brush dipped in motor oil. (I scrub the sides top and Bottom - Just like my dentist told me) Then wipe off with a rag.

  • SJMC_DON

Posted December 27, 2005 - 10:18 AM

#8

Bike on stand, idling in gear and pressure wash it from all angles, this seems to get it pretty damn clean and tends to fling all the residual water/sand/dirt off at the same time. Let it dry and lube it. Never had a problem with this method, I change out chain and sprockets every 12 months wheter it's needed or not.......

  • simon@vic

Posted December 27, 2005 - 10:19 AM

#9

i also used WD40.
soak it, clean the face plates with a small wire brush, then rage all of it. then dry it. then lube it.

  • OldenPhatt

Posted December 27, 2005 - 12:17 PM

#10

I scrub mine with simple green and warm water (probably 80% water) Then I start the bike, which I like to do at the end of a washing anyway, and put it up on the stand. I put it in gear and spin the rear wheel to get excess water out, then I let it idle and spray on some WD-40. Every once in a while, usually when I wait too long to wash my bike after a muddy ride, I pop the chain off and scrub it with a brush and solvent.

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  • Weekend_warrior

Posted December 27, 2005 - 12:45 PM

#11

Moose chain scrubber rocks. Put in on the stand. rinse big chucks off with hose. Load up the box with cleaner. Attach it to the chain. Spin the rear wheel and the box scrubs while you spin. Remove the box and rinse with hose while spinning. I run it up the block after to help shed the water and heat the chain. The hit with lube of your choice. Realy simple.

  • marcusmoberg

Posted December 27, 2005 - 10:00 PM

#12

I soak my chain in Premium unleaded gasoline for about 30 minutes.

I scrub it with an old brush

Then I wash it off with a hose

Then I dry it off with paper towels.

Then I soak it in motor oil.

Then I spray Bel-Ray Super Clean Chain Lube On It and let it dry. :applause:

  • WR4BLUE6

Posted December 27, 2005 - 10:36 PM

#13

First, I soak it in gasoline for 6-10 hours. Next, I light it on fire and use a torch to burn off any debris. Then I dip the chain into butter (margarine also works), preheat the oven 350 degrees and bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Take the chain out, lightly grease with olive oil and serve on a plate of pasta. Wait a second...I was looking at my Salmon recipe! My bad. :applause:

  • tony1970

Posted December 27, 2005 - 10:55 PM

#14

For normal cleaning I hit it with Simple Green and scrub off, hit it with water and blow it off with compressed air. Then I use WD-40 to displace the rest of the water on the chain. I then let it dry and use o-ring chain lube. About twice a year I remove the chain and soak it in kerosene overnight, scrub it let it hang to dry. Then I soak it in hot 80-90w oil and hang it overnight again to let the oil drip out. I did this on my last bike and the chain lasted 5 years. :applause:

  • black_n_blue_thumper

Posted December 27, 2005 - 11:13 PM

#15

First, I soak it in gasoline for 6-10 hours. Next, I light it on fire and use a torch to burn off any debris. Then I dip the chain into butter (margarine also works), preheat the oven 350 degrees and bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Take the chain out, lightly grease with olive oil and serve on a plate of pasta. Wait a second...I was looking at my Salmon recipe! My bad.

Dude, you soak your salmon in gas. Thats crazy. :bonk: I wash my chain(stock) with my pressure washer, like everything else. Then I run it to heat up the chain, then I lube it with Bel-Ray. I dont know how this ranks, but my chain is two years old and has around 4000 miles on it. Seems to work for me. To me, its a chain, its replaceable, I aint gonna scrub it with a friggen toothbrush(no offense), if I have that much time, I'm going riding. Are stock chains o-ring. :applause:

  • Matty05

Posted December 27, 2005 - 11:47 PM

#16

yeah, my '05 250 and 450 stock o-ring.

  • Joe_dirtbiker

Posted December 28, 2005 - 01:29 PM

#17

WD40 from the gallon can (spray cans are expensive). Scrub til clean with a toothbrush sized wire brush. Clean with the air compresser.

if any lube makes it down to the pins&rollers, your O-rings are shot

if I don't put any lube on the chain it tends to be rather noisey, if I lube it with WD40 it gets noisey after 1/2hr

I used to live in PA, now I live in NM. If you're riding conditions change that much your lube should change too.

soak the chain in gas, hell, I soak the whole bike in gas. Then I run it through the tank for 'proper disposal'

  • gregwr450f

Posted December 28, 2005 - 05:23 PM

#18

WD40 sux!! it penerates the 0-rings and dissolves the grease.........................hose of the mud and use a little detergent (CT-18) if you like, dry, then spray with silicon.
DONE

  • bluebike1999

Posted December 28, 2005 - 05:29 PM

#19

I have used wd 40 on everything since i can remember learning how to use a spray can until a mate of mine with an obsessive compulsive cleaning disorder told me about INOX ( australian made). its designed for marine use .
can says

contains no silicon, acid, or acid forming ingredients, petroleum distilates or kerosines

non corrosive, non conductive, non static, non staining, doesnt dry out or gum up, doest wash off with water
check it out at www.inox-mx3.com

and its cheaper than wd 40
it says you can use it on anything from bulldozers to guns, aeroplanes, printers and in all domestic situations.
dont know what the wife will think but at least she wont rust.

  • Drunken Monkey

Posted December 28, 2005 - 06:16 PM

#20

WD40 sux!! it penerates the 0-rings and dissolves the grease.........................hose of the mud and use a little detergent (CT-18) if you like, dry, then spray with silicon.
DONE

CT18 great stuff, just discolours a few parts though. Best ever for removing dirt, but I think cleangreen works better. It gets grease off too which CT18 won't. You can get it from BP. :applause:




 
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