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post #1 of 84 Old 05-15-2017, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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cleaned chain with paint thinner!

i try to clean the chain on my 2009 wee after every other gas fillup which is generally between 300-400 miles.

sometimes i do a wipe down with wd40, other times with a motorcycle chain degreaser but this morning, for the first time, i used paint thinner.

i put on a pair of latex gloves (which is something i have just started wearing to keep my hands cleaner and to preventive funky stuff from getting on my skin).

i then soaked an old cotton rag-a worn white sock-and loosely held the chain as i spun the back wheel.

as i said, i have been pretty good with chain maintenance so my chain is never full of gunk but the thinner down right made it shine.

i was pretty surprised.

i soaked another spot on the sock and did another spin of the tire but this time in the opposite direction.

i then took the other sock of the worn pair and dried off the obvious residue of the thinner.

with the bike's rear tire raised by a pit bull stand, i ran the back wheel in 1st gear for five minutes.

with the chain sorta warmed, i then squirted my current chain lube, liquid performance, onto the chain in one direction and again, in the other.

liquid performance: Liquid Performance Chain Lube - webBikeWorld

i used a different spot on the second sock to lightly sop up any extra spray and then waited five minutes for the spray to dry.

after five minutes, i ran the bike again in first gear for three minutes as i cleaned up and i must say, the chain looked darn good, way shinier than before.

from start to finish including wait times and me standing to stretch, maybe 20 minutes.

paint thinner...who knew?

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Did you notice that the paint thinner kind of makes your gloves get wrinkles, swelled ends?

Doing the same thing to your chain 0-ring seals. Which means if they allow grease out of the pins and bushings or water/dust into that area your chain life is not going to be good...........

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And.......all the grease/lube is likely gone where it needs to stay and the orings will swell, why do so many of you clean your chains?
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It might make the chain look good, but it does not increase chain life, very possibly the opposite.

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I have never cleaned a chain in 40 years, never had a problem with a properly lubed chain. 30,000 miles no problem. I spoke to the CCM director on how his bikes coped in the Paris Dakar race when they were racing in it, and how the chains coped with all that sand. He said that was never a problem provided they were properly lubed.
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Following the advice of others on this board, I have stopped cleaning my chain. Instead, I lube it about once every 200 miles with a teflon-based lube. My current favorite is DuPont Chain Saver. It leaves very little residue.

Current chain is over 20,000 miles and I feel like it can go a bit further.
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really?

so lube on top of lube is okay but the occasional cleaning of the chain is not okay?

i'm willing to learn from those with more experience.

i did read a ton of this/that about paint thinner/kerosene and there were many split decisions about how soaking overnight might effect o-rings but a little dabadooya from a rag with paint thinner wouldn't have any effect on the o-rings.

once again, i'm happy to learn from the stromtrooper mass of experience, knowledge and opinion.

in fact, stromtroopers was one of the key reasons that i bought my 2009 wee.

i welcome any and all thoughts.

thanks in advance.

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Now days I just squirt oil on my chain and the only thing I clean is my rear rim which gets a bit of splash from the oil. The new oil juices up the muck on the chain and it flings off keeping the chain at a constant state of lubed and messy. Works good and less work to do.
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I confess I occasionally hold a kerosene soaked rag to the chain as I spin the wheel by hand. Therapeutic for me I think, not so much for the bike. If you are going to use something besides lube on the chain make sure it is harmless or approved for o rings.

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i have only used teflon based chain lube for the past 6 years (since i got back into riding a motorcycle).

during that time, i have cleaned my chain with non-harmful to o-rings cleansers.

today was the first time i ran a chain thru a cotton rag that had paint thinner on it.

though not much of a farkle or bling guy, i was surprised that the paint thinner did indeed "cut the grease" and shine up the chain.

once "cleaned", i then reapplied my current teflon based chain lube and all seemed well.

i am a wee bit surprised by the reaction of "never clean the chain".

but i can appreciate the experience of those with many more miles than me.

lube over lube might just be my future way of dealing with the chain.

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