What is the best chain cleaner? - Wrist Twisters
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post #1 of 9 Old 04-01-2019, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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What is the best chain cleaner?

A great video. Not much else to be said. Ever since I blew up a chain, I've been using WD40 and have always been concerned with if it penetrates between the O rings and washes out the internal lubrication. It doesn't.

Waiting to see the next video on how he tests the chain lubes. Honestly it seems hard to beat something like WD40 at the moment since it can both clean and lubricate in one application. And, its by far the most visually pleasing to look at afterwards.
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-02-2019, 12:30 AM
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I've been using WD40 only for about the same time.
Rear of bike and chain have never been so clean.
Have not had to adjust chain at all, doesn't seem to be wearing excessively. One downside is I have to apply it often but it doesn't take long to put it on.
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This came up before, but you know that WD40 actually makes a chain lube:


It would be interesting to know how WD40 compares to WD40 Chain Lube.

I went with a wax not long ago and just about done with my first can. About the same price as the WD40, but two different cans, Dupont degreaser.

Something about the wax, it doesn't seem to collect dirt like the gear oil did that I used before, so I use a lot more wax than degreaser.

Someone posted another test where it looked at any damage to the orings and measured temp IIRC.

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I am a big fan of WD-40 for normal chain cleaning. I use some kerosene to soak the chain in when I am doing a tire change. Both seem to work great.

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I've been using WD-40 to clean my chains for a while now and have been using Belray superclean to lube my chains for over a year. The local ADV guys told me about it. Goes on white and doesn't fling off, best part is it doesn't attract dirt so my Africa Twin chain stays clean on my offroad rides.

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Been using WD40 exclusively since I bought the '03 919.

Nuff said.

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One more thumbs up for WD-40

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I have been using kerosene for many years now...then hosed down, quick ride to flick off the water, then applying a thin layer of Motul chain lube. Best chain lube I have used on any bike.

My DID chain is 20k old and whilst natural stretch has occurred, it has some way to go yet before I run out of slack and the chain itself appears in very good condition.
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WD-40 can't be really worse than kerosene for cleaning.

I never soak the chain, I just soak a rag and wipe the chain with it. Once it's clean, I apply 80w90 gear oil.

In between the cleanings, I use Dupont Teflon chain saver.

Since I'm going this, I've never had to ajust or replace the chain. When I used the Motul chain lube, I had to replace the chain every 20 000 km.

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