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post #1 of 5 Old 05-09-2015, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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I was at the home depot getting some WD-40, when I seen a combo pack with specialist water resistant silicon WD-40, for ~ $7. It was safe on all materials, including rubber. I thought I would just give it a shot on my chain. Its seems really slippery, and it dries on within ~10 minutes or so. I haven't ridden it yet, since I applied the new lube today, to test for fling off. I was wondering if anyone else thought to give it a try?

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Okay, so the silicon WD-40 doesn't stay lubed long enough on the chain. Not that it flings off, but it is as if it dries up too fast. I am going to keep evaluating different lubes and keep posting my opinions. I know WD-40 makes a lube just for motorcycle chains. I will try to get my hands on some.

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Original WD40 does an excellent job. It requires more frequent application through. On my last iron butt ride I quickly sprayed the exposed parts of the chain at every fuel stop. I completed the almost 5,000 mile trip without having to adjust the chain even once. And that chain had 10k on it when I started the ride.

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So if you don't want to make your own oiling system, I would seriously consider a Loobman or Scott oiler with a mixture of WD40 and ATF. You could easily get 40k out of a quality chain.
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Ken, about how many mies were you making it between each fuel stop? Also how liberal were you with the amount of WD40? I clean and lube mine every 500 with Honda products.
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Ken, about how many miles were you making it between each fuel stop? Also how liberal were you with the amount of WD40? I clean and lube mine every 500 with Honda products.
Avg every 150 miles on that trip, spraying only the parts of the chain I could reach each time. With my oiler rig I just give the chain a little shot whenever I feel like it, maybe every 50 - 75 miles. The iron butt magazine article's author speculated that WD40 helps the chain run cooler by means of heat dissipation caused by evaporation. It's a good read if you can get your hands on a copy. All I know is my "old" chain required zero adjustment on that 5k trip and my new one still has the axle in the front of the slots at almost 9k. I have no reason to doubt its effectiveness at this point.

BTW: It's a good chain too, EK 530zzz rated at 11,100#. Tensile strength is king! IMHO If anybody puts anything rated less than 10,000# on a 919 they're asking for shorter chain life.
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