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Hey guys,

Now that I replaced my chain and sprocket I would like to really care for them to keep them fresh for a long time.

What kinds of methods do you use to clean and maintain your chains?

Also, what products are BEST both for cleaning and lubrication?

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Hey guys,

Now that I replaced my chain and sprocket I would like to really care for them to keep them fresh for a long time.

What kinds of methods do you use to clean and maintain your chains?

Also, what products are BEST both for cleaning and lubrication?

Thanks

Please use the search function first.
You will find a host of methods to use on your new set and I guarantee in there you will settle on a method.

Good luck and happy searching!

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Stiff wire brush and paint thinner does wonders for grime.


Lube with KY intense. 100k miles easy.

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Lube with KY intense. 100k miles easy.

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Hey guys,

Now that I replaced my chain and sprocket I would like to really care for them to keep them fresh for a long time.

What kinds of methods do you use to clean and maintain your chains?

Also, what products are BEST both for cleaning and lubrication?

Thanks
Tutoro Auto-oiler set a little high. Problem solved.

A lot cheaper than the Scottoiler, not as refined, does the job, cheerfully runs off 10W30, easy to install. Liked the manual Tutoro oiler as well, but that one's reservoir is only good for a few hours' ride. The auto's got a bigger reservoir and is good for weeks.

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Tutoro Auto-oiler set a little high. Problem solved.

A lot cheaper than the Scottoiler, not as refined, does the job, cheerfully runs off 10W30, easy to install. Liked the manual Tutoro oiler as well, but that one's reservoir is only good for a few hours' ride. The auto's got a bigger reservoir and is good for weeks.
Chain oilers are the best

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I am the auto oiler on my rides............

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I am the auto oiler on my rides............
Where do you attach the vacuum line?

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That's kept behind closed doors

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Seriously speaking Boca, but did you come across a bunch of good stuff when you searched the subject of chain care?


I got a couple of posts on the subject myself and given the bike I ride, I get some phenom-style miles out of sets.

My Chain of choice is the D.I.D. ERV Gold. I'll never deviate on that one.
Get em from Dan Kyle.

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Yeah for real though. DID, steel sprockets, lube with Dupont chain saver (or whatever else) wipe down with kerosene or diesel and re-lube every 3-500 miles or after riding in rain. Set will last forever

Definitely quite a few threads about this.

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I hear WD40 works great but also kills chains but does a great job at cleaning but makes chain bad.
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I hear WD40 works great but also kills chains but does a great job at cleaning but makes chain bad.
It depends on what they made the chain's O-rings out of. Some chain makers suggest WD-40 as an agent to clean all the crap off the chain, but then say you should apply a real chain lube once you've cleaned it. Other makers tell you to keep WD-40 as far away from the chain as possible.

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After LDH suggested it I've been using WD-40 to clean my chain for over two years now. I spray it on a rag and wipe my chain down. I usually do it after a ride when the chain is warm then spray the chain with chain lube. No ill effects so far but as I said I use a rag soaked in WD-40 and don't spray the chain directly.

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After LDH suggested it I've been using WD-40 to clean my chain for over two years now. I spray it on a rag and wipe my chain down. I usually do it after a ride when the chain is warm then spray the chain with chain lube. No ill effects so far but as I said I use a rag soaked in WD-40 and don't spray the chain directly.
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Stiff wire brush and paint thinner does wonders for grime.


Lube with KY intense. 100k miles easy.
I'll pass on the stiff wire brush - it can damage O-rings and hence shorten the life of the chain. A paint brush and either diesel fuel or kerosene will take care of the grime. Follow that with a good wipe down and lube of your choice.

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Title of this thread is chain care, so I went and asked my chain if it cared. Here is what it said:

It has two friends. One has a lot of teeth, the other not so many.
Feels like it is just going around in circles.
Likes to get dirty.
Likes lube.
Sometimes things just seem endless.


That is all.

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On a more serious note I'll ask this at the risk of looking like an idiot.

I've moved onto shaft drive and I love the world without chain maintenance on my bike. However, my SO has a Magna that still needs her chain lubed from time time (gigidy). Anyways, I've always taken my time and tried to apply the lube to the inside of the chain just before the rear sprocket. Since many of you are probably unfamiliar with the Magnas, the exhaust in an unfortunate location making it difficult to access the chain without burning your fingers. On my last road trip everyone took about 5 minutes and applied a fresh coat of lube to their chains every other day or so. Everyone seemed to be applying the lube to the outside of the back sprocket (bottom side of the chain). It seemed like all the lube would just fling off... But time is money and the Magna's chain will need to be replaced next season anyways.

I know the 9er is MUCH easier when applying lube, but does/has anyone else used this method? Also note that the Magna doesn't have a center stand so it takes one person rolling the bike forward while the other handles the can of lube.



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Kerosene......

that's my bag.

Maybe it's because I buy it in 5 gallon bulk from a local fuel supply center.

Kleans like a mother and is petro based.

Blow it off with the compressor.

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Crackerjac, I've always done it that way too, don't know if it's right or not but it always seemed right to me


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Title of this thread is chain care, so I went and asked my chain if it cared. Here is what it said:

It has two friends. One has a lot of teeth, the other not so many.
Feels like it is just going around in circles.
Likes to get dirty.
Likes lube.
Sometimes things just seem endless.


That is all.
Do you have a link to your chain?

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Seriously speaking Boca, but did you come across a bunch of good stuff when you searched the subject of chain care?


I got a couple of posts on the subject myself and given the bike I ride, I get some phenom-style miles out of sets.

My Chain of choice is the D.I.D. ERV Gold. I'll never deviate on that one.
Get em from Dan Kyle.
I just on a gold DID ERV 520 also... got it from LDH.

I have easy access to diesel so I will give that a shot for the cleaning.

What do you guys think about just using "Chain Lube" in a spray can? I have some its made by "Liquid Wrench".

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In my experience, that stuff slings like crazy and its a dirt magnet. My favorite non messy is bel ray super clean, but I think the repsol and Lucas and similar products lube better.

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My favorite non messy is bel ray super clean, but I think the repsol and Lucas and similar products lube better.
Lol, I hate Bel-Ray. I found them to be messy and a dirt/grime magnet. If you want the cleanest and best chain lube, get your hands on some dupont Teflon Chainsaver. That stuff ROCKS!

Used to be in an aerosol can but they changed the formula to a non-wax based lube, which is no beuno! The drip bottle still has the wax-based formula and works great.

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I've had good luck with Repsol as long as you let it sit on the chain for a while before riding


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You can still get the chainsaver in aerosol, at least up here. Drop by a Lowes hardware when you're up here

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Lol, I hate Bel-Ray. I found them to be messy and a dirt/grime magnet. If you want the cleanest and best chain lube, get your hands on some dupont Teflon Chainsaver. That stuff ROCKS!

Used to be in an aerosol can but they changed the formula to a non-wax based lube, which is no beuno! The drip bottle still has the wax-based formula and works great.
The wax Dupont Chainsaver is still available. At Walmart, no less.

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The blue can is now just a lubricant, before the relabel/new formula it was the dry wax we used. The dry wax isn't available anymore.

The yellow aerosol chain savers still coat the chain white, so I assume there's teflon wax in em still. Those are still around. (Although I couldn't find the aerosol version at Walmart)

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I just bought some for a friend of mine at Walmart not a week ago. It tends to come and go, it's in the little motorcycle subsection inside the automotive section at larger Walmarts. It's usually between to the useless Champion brand 'chain lube' and the DuPont branded chain cleaner.

It does sell out *fast* though.

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Well, that's your business, but this thread is about chains

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