Do you guys degrease your chains?

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.

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.

Try kerosine or wd 40

I use mineral spirits.

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!

Kerosene or diesel fuel, whatever one is cheapest now.

Hi,

Diesel fuel and paint brush :crazy:

Timo Mc

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

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.

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.

to clean - Gas or WD40...

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

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:

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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