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    How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    Just got a beautiful chain its gold but my mechanic is old school the best around but old school he says to slather gear oil problem is my bike is mint condition so i flings gritty grease all over it kills me lol not really but its annoying any luck with lubes that dont fling but does a good job at keeping the chain lubed?

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    This. It was in a thread on here and comes highly recommended. I have been cleaning and re-applying every 1000 miles with very little "fling". The only fly off I have noticed is a little on the swing arm which tells me I have enough on!!!
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    Hooligan
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    I'm a fan on Maxima Chain Wax. Seems to stick to the chain pretty well as long as you don't overdue the application and allow it to dry/setup.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    What they said for lube. Most of the newer lubes work very well with minimal fling.

    For cleaning I have a gallon can of kerosene and some shop tags. Wet a rag down and rotate the rear tire while using the wet rag to wipe and clean the chain. Take a dry rag and get off the excess, then repeat. Wet it with kerosene and use an old toothbrush to loosen stuff up if needed, wipe some more, etc.

    I clean every 3rd or 4th lube application, with lube intervals being 300-500 miles depending on the riding conditions (wet, dusty, etc).
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    Hooligan
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    I bought one of those tools that brushes three sides of the chain. I spray WD-40 on the bristles and spin the back wheel (on a race stand) until the chain looks clean and shiny. I wipe off the WD-40 and let the bike sit a while so all that stuff evaporates. Then I spray that Motorex Road Strong chain lube (Kwick suggested it) on a toothbrush and brush it on the chain in sections, on the top of the bottom run of the chain. Brush all the way around, let the bike sit overnight or as long as you can so the lube can set up, and you will have VERY little throw-off.

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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    90w makes a big mess, but is what Kaw recommends some bikes, including my new one. Screw that. Bel Ray Superclean after cleaning.
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    How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    The chain that was on this engine lasted 19k miles and was religiously cleaned and covered in chain wax by my buddy. Terrible mess, and literally had 1/4" rocks embedded into the goo around the countershaft sprocket area. There is no reason for this IMO.



    And here is a DID gold chain that has 22k miles, no kinks, and still going strong. No chain wax (goo) ever used.



    This one has 4K miles. No chain wax will ever touch this either.





    Every 1000 miles, I take a microfiber towel with some ACF-50 on it and wipe the chain and sprockets until they're clean. Then I take another dry microfiber towel and wipe the chain and sprockets until all the ACF-50 is removed.

    Zero fling. Total corrosion protection. No mess, and my chains last longer than my friends that spray all that wax crap on theirs.

    Even if we go ahead and concede that my chains would have lasted longer after being covered in wax which attracts dirt and small rocks I'm getting 20k out of my chains and I'm more than happy to buy new ones at that point, especially without my bike being subjected to a waxy flytrap that collects dirt and rocks in every nook and cranny.

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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    I clean with kerosene & lube with maxim chain wax (gold can) this process keeps the flinging down to minimum & the chain nice & pretty, also extends chain/sprocket life considerably
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    I lube it with Belray Superclean when the rollers start to get shiny, then spray WD40 on a shop towel and wipe down the side plates...both sides of the chain, then the top along the rear sprocket, then the inside on the bottom run. I run DID chains and top of the line sprockets, the last set had 25k behind the 1224 and another 10k with the 1200 in it.
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by AV80R View Post
    Every 1000 miles, I take a microfiber towel with some ACF-50 on it and wipe the chain and sprockets until they're clean. Then I take another dry microfiber towel and wipe the chain and sprockets until all the ACF-50 is removed.

    Zero fling. Total corrosion protection. No mess, and my chains last longer than my friends that spray all that wax crap on theirs.

    Even if we go ahead and concede that my chains would have lasted longer after being covered in wax which attracts dirt and small rocks I'm getting 20k out of my chains and I'm more than happy to buy new ones at that point, especially without my bike being subjected to a waxy flytrap that collects dirt and rocks in every nook and cranny.

    I've owned shaft bikes for the past 20 years. Chain maintenance is something I hate to think about as I approach the day of ZRX ownership. ACF-50 gives me hope! Your chain and sprockets epitomize the term "clean enough to eat off of"

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    Hooligan
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    Clean with kerosene and the wife's toothbrush, then a spray with WD40.

    Lube with Motul Chain Lube (Road), won't fling off and you don't need much.
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    Mouthy Mofo
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    12,000+ miles on my last chain, and still no kinks or worn spots. Sprockets look pristine.

    Run it till the chain is warm, wipe down with WD 40 every 1000 km and spray Maxim Chain wax onto the warm chain. Let it set overnight.

    No fling, no grunge and the chain/sprockets look like new.
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    Thanks guys alot to think about

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    I've been using PJ-1 on my dirt and street bikes for years. Never had a problem and almost zero mess as long as you don't lean on the nozzle too long. Haven't seen anyone suggest this brand yet. Am I missing something?
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    Clean with kerosene and a rag. Short ride and then wipe down. Moterex is the best spray oil I like.

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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Howie View Post
    I've been using PJ-1 on my dirt and street bikes for years. Never had a problem and almost zero mess as long as you don't lean on the nozzle too long. Haven't seen anyone suggest this brand yet. Am I missing something?
    Ive yet to buy a can of PJ-1 that didn't leak.
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZRX Mitch View Post
    I lube it with Belray Superclean when the rollers start to get shiny, then spray WD40 on a shop towel and wipe down the side plates...both sides of the chain, then the top along the rear sprocket, then the inside on the bottom run. I run DID chains and top of the line sprockets, the last set had 25k behind the 1224 and another 10k with the 1200 in it.
    Do you lube the rollers or plates? Doesn't the WD40 remove the Belray?

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    I use the maxima chain wax, about once a week which is approx 400 miles or so, or whenever i get caught in the rain. I clean out the sprocket area every time i swap the front sprocket, (about once every 3 -4 weeks) It doesnt get too bad if you keep on top of it.
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikenut View Post
    Do you lube the rollers or plates? Doesn't the WD40 remove the Belray?
    I lube it at idle in 1st gear aimed at the rollers on the bottom run as far forward as possible to avoid getting anything caught in the moving sprocket, but a little overspray gets on the outer side plates. I use the WD40 on a rag to wipe everywhere but the rollers.
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZRX Mitch View Post
    I lube it at idle in 1st gear aimed at the rollers on the bottom run as far forward as possible to avoid getting anything caught in the moving sprocket, but a little overspray gets on the outer side plates. I use the WD40 on a rag to wipe everywhere but the rollers.
    I've got one thing to say about lubing a moving chain. BE CAREFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Harry View Post
    I've got one thing to say about lubing a moving chain. BE CAREFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    My chain lube comes with a spray tube, not getting a finger mashed..
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    No need to lube a chain ever.














    Just replace them every 5,000 miles.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Harry View Post
    I've got one thing to say about lubing a moving chain. BE CAREFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ZRX Mitch View Post


    My chain lube comes with a spray tube, not getting a finger mashed..
    What mitch said. though i am guilty of using a tshirt to wipe the cleaner off while it's rotating in first at idle.
    2000 ZRX1100 - Mad Max black 1109 with full kerker exhaust with custom baffle, pod filters, ZX Cams, ZX11 ECU +2 advancer, and 6spd trans and CVK40's with a prototype jet kit. Ridden daily and rarely clean.
    1997 KDX 200 - Tons of blingy parts on a crap bike. Imagine a Roadkill dirtbike...

    2006 XC90 V8 AWD - A bit of this, a bit of that and a whole ton of dog hair.
    1982 Porsche 928 - A serious PITA, but I can't get rid of it till it's working.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by IceCold4x4 View Post
    What mitch said. though i am guilty of using a tshirt to wipe the cleaner off while it's rotating in first at idle.
    That's exactly what the guy in the picture did I bet.
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Yup requires a light touch
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    1997 KDX 200 - Tons of blingy parts on a crap bike. Imagine a Roadkill dirtbike...

    2006 XC90 V8 AWD - A bit of this, a bit of that and a whole ton of dog hair.
    1982 Porsche 928 - A serious PITA, but I can't get rid of it till it's working.

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    I came to ride
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by IceCold4x4 View Post
    Yup requires a light touch
    It doesn't take much for that rag to get caught and potentially jerk your fingers through the sprocket. I can hold a rag around mine and wipe it while rotating the wheel with my other hand in about 30 seconds.
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    avtech3d
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    Really! Is it that difficult to move the tire/chain while wiping it down?

    I've been using Dupont Chain Saver, not gooey and shit doesn't stick to it. Cleans as good as WD40.
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    Hooligan
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    I clean my chain with WD40 and then apply Motorex road chain lube.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Special Ed View Post
    It doesn't take much for that rag to get caught and potentially jerk your fingers through the sprocket. I can hold a rag around mine and wipe it while rotating the wheel with my other hand in about 30 seconds.
    Cycle Gear sells (I'm others do) a very cool 3 sided brush that does an outstanding job cleaning a chain which someone suggested but tell where it could be purchased.
    All the products mentioned work well to clean as well as the products to lube.

    The 3 biggies on the topic IMO
    Clean and lube your chain regularly
    Keep the chain in proper adjustment (This is also very important to the life of a chain)
    Lube the chain (As MitchZRX stated) on top of the bottom run! Meaning so as the wheel rotates the centrifugal force works the lube through the chain... I'm sure most of us know this but just in case someone doesn't.

    Warning:
    I've seen this go ugly many times... gloves, shirts, hair & fingers get caught up while lubing a chain
    I'd would think twice about do any chain work while the rear wheel is being powered by the engine.
    I know some do it I've done it myself but realize your experience and be smart about the task your performing. It's usually not the first or second time you're do something dangerous that gets you it's the fourth or fifth time when you let your guard down and think I've done this before... No Problem.

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    Re: How do you keep your chain lubed and clean is it possible?

    Hmm, lose a finger or buy a new chain & sprockets? Hard decision...
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