Do you guys degrease your chains?


12 replies to this topic
  • minion

Posted April 30, 2006 - 12:05 PM

#1

Hello,

I made the mistake of using some really crappy chain lube I had laying around on my chain early on when I bought my wr450. Well, the stuff never wore off, put has continued to collect dirt, sand, and every other nasty thing a trail can throw at it.

Do you guys ever take your chain off and soak them in something to clean them up? Or am I being too picky, and I should just ride it and be happy? The chain on it is the stock O-ring chain that came with it, and I've only got about 400 miles on the chain.

Thanks,
M.

  • Numskull

Posted April 30, 2006 - 03:34 PM

#2

I sprayed my chain with chain lube once back in the '80s and it was the nastiest stuff, super sticky gunk.

I just use motor oil every once in awhile. You could try motor oil on it a few times and see if that wont clean it up, or clean it with some gas. Just dont blow your self up :crazy:

I wouldnt use solvent as that could damage the orings.

  • odonnks

Posted April 30, 2006 - 04:46 PM

#3

Try kerosine or wd 40

  • 642MX

Posted April 30, 2006 - 04:48 PM

#4

I use mineral spirits.

  • new2blu

Posted April 30, 2006 - 06:29 PM

#5

Use kerosene it is much safer to use than any other type of highly flammable cleaners. Just one little spark with the high flame stuff and your day is ruined!

  • tony1970

Posted April 30, 2006 - 09:47 PM

#6

Kerosene or diesel fuel, whatever one is cheapest now.

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  • tmckeown

Posted April 30, 2006 - 11:25 PM

#7

Hi,

Diesel fuel and paint brush :crazy:

Timo Mc

  • OneToGo

Posted May 01, 2006 - 02:32 AM

#8

Use kerosene it is much safer to use than any other type of highly flammable cleaners. Just one little spark with the high flame stuff and your day is ruined!


I read recently where Kero can damage a chains O-rings, is this true. [can anyone verify if WD40 has kerosene in it?? :crazy:] I think the story was in a recent Dirt Rider mag - some long desert ride. Also ,someone used WD40 on an O-ring chain and it proceded to self destruct.:ride: The WD 40 washed all the lube from the O-rings - may be they forgot to lube it later??

Personally, I use a good quality wet spray lube, let it soak (on the bike) wipe excess off with a rag. Then dry lube over the top so dirt does not stick..
Seems to work a treat.

Both a O-ring safe non-tacky spray lubes.

My .02 worth

  • MountainMax

Posted May 01, 2006 - 02:37 AM

#9

I have searched here on this subject myself, there are lots if info and personal preferances out there too, but i too could not find good solid info.

  • Matty05

Posted May 01, 2006 - 03:08 AM

#10

Do you guys ever take your chain off and soak them in something to clean them up? Or am I being too picky, and I should just ride it and be happy? The chain on it is the stock O-ring chain that came with it, and I've only got about 400 miles on the chain.

Your chain should still be in very good condition at 400miles.

I don't think too much of a clean is necessary, it is sealed, and any contact with solvents / cleaners / wd40 will only melt away the lube that the o-rings are there to seal in.

Just a quick wash with the hose and maybe a quick brushing of the sideplates is needed, for cosmetics only. If you use a good chain wax / dry lube, dust and dirt doesn't really stick. The lube doesn't really do much, you are just stopping the chain from rusting.

  • J_DOGG

Posted May 01, 2006 - 08:57 AM

#11

to clean - Gas or WD40...

To keep rust free - I only spray WD40 on my chain..... nothing else.

  • WGP

Posted May 01, 2006 - 09:09 AM

#12

I clean with Kerosene and (really)soft brush, let dry, soak or apply heavy coating of 10-40w motor oil (every other ride).
My new o-ring directions said wash off the factory lube with HOT soapy water, otherwise dirt will stick to it like crazy and shorten the life.

When in a rush after getting wet (either washing or wet ride) squirt some wd-40 on it.

I once watched my new chain rust right in front of my eyes when i didn't lube it after a wash :crazy:

  • Captain Bob

Posted May 01, 2006 - 09:31 AM

#13

I sprayed my chain with chain lube once back in the '80s and it was the nastiest stuff, super sticky gunk.

I just use motor oil every once in awhile. You could try motor oil on it a few times and see if that wont clean it up, or clean it with some gas. Just dont blow your self up :crazy:

I wouldnt use solvent as that could damage the orings.




Numskull....

Gas is a solvent!

Bob




 
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