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Old 10-11-2012, 10:45 PM
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When chains become faulty, it'll usually be a few links (kinked) - the rest will be fine - make your own conclusion ...

WD40 is as good or better than the recommended snake oil.

Don't expect everything from the factory to their standards.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:09 AM
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Yep, that kind of red rust dust is a sure sign of impending chain death. It's coming from the pins and bushings, which should have grease sealed in by the o-rings. Apparently the o-rings are toast and there is no grease left in the pin/bushing area - and the rusty dust is getting out past them. Time for a new chain.

Light surface rust is not a big deal, and will happen if the chain is not fully coated in something (oil/wax/grease/spooge) and gets wet.

I used to clean my chain on my ZRX1100 really well, because it was a sharp looking bike, and had a gold anodized chain that looked good when clean. The anodizing seemed to be rust-resistant, too. My Vee I really don't give a crap what the chain looks like, and just keep putting the DuPont stuff to it to keep the rollers and o-rings lubed. I occasionally give the outside of the sideplates a little cleaning with a rag and some WD40 when they get too grotty looking.
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I got all the parts lined up ready to go with the chain and sprocket replacement. I ordered a Gear Change Enhancer from the UK to shift the rear sprocket to the left so it will track in the center of the chain (see pic in original post). Yes, I'm aware of the shim/collar exchange. But liked this option better. I'm going up in chain size from 525 to 530 and also 41 to 43 teeth on the rear sprocket to get more use out of 6th and better 1st trials-like riding. Blair at SV Racing was a great help in answering my questions helping with what I wanted to do to fit my needs. I ordered the chain, tool, sprockets and Screw Type Rivet Master Link from him. I'll take pictures and send y'all my thoughts when completed. Kinda got behind schedule with my computer dying (lost the mother board) and having to rebuild a new one (using now) and Thanksgiving holiday.
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I'm going to just start bathing my chain in WD40 and not worry about it. A regular bath of WD40 can't be that much unlike a Scott oiler, can it?
I read one thread claiming wd40 isn't good for the O-rings. Other users posted in that same thread that there was nothing wrong with using wd40 as chain lube. Food for thought.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:26 AM
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I read one thread claiming wd40 isn't good for the O-rings. Other users posted in that same thread that there was nothing wrong with using wd40 as chain lube. Food for thought.
No thought for me anymore.
Replaced my oem chain at ~28k miles using 100% wd40 for its entire life.
Interestingly, I replaced it due to getting very noisy and having to lube every ~100 miles to quite it down.
The excess noise started around ~25k.
It had no kinks.
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Reviving an old thread, but I have been very conscientious about lubing the chain with Dupont chain lube, but after it sitting for a couple weeks, I saw a decent amount of rust on the side of three links of the chain. It's only got around 10k miles on it, so I feel like it should last longer, but is it time for a new one?
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The current DuPont lube has changed and is no longer a dry lube. It really sucks as chain lube now. Even the yellow motorcycle version is thin and worthless to me. Unless your using the old stuff, I haven't seen the dry lube in a long time now. I went back to Honda Pro chain lube, works OK, no rust, not too sticky, goes on light and stays on. I miss the old dry lube though.
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The current DuPont lube has changed and is no longer a dry lube. It really sucks as chain lube now. Even the yellow motorcycle version is thin and worthless to me. Unless your using the old stuff, I haven't seen the dry lube in a long time now. I went back to Honda Pro chain lube, works OK, no rust, not too sticky, goes on light and stays on. I miss the old dry lube though.
Try some of this:

Premium Chain Lube » Liquid Performance

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Liquid Performance Chain Lube - webBikeWorld
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Looks good, I'll get some on my next Rocky Mountain order.. Got it in my wish list.
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I dutifully cleaned my chain with kerosene at 600mi and put on some name-brand chain lube. 600 miles later (1200mi total on the bike) I had rust already.

I commute, and the bike has seen it's share of rain - but I just can't believe how worthless that chain lube was for rust protection. On the plus side, being diligent about cleaning means I discovered it quickly.

I'm going to just start bathing my chain in WD40 and not worry about it. A regular bath of WD40 can't be that much unlike a Scott oiler, can it?
Reviving my old post in the old thread:
I continue to clean with kerosene and "lube" only with WD-40. I try to blow off the chain and WD-40 it when I've been out in the rain. I'm not 100% diligent with this.

Bike is now at 18k mi with the original chain. No rust, no fling, no kinks, only been adjusted once. The teeth on the wheel sprocket look brand new. Can't see/ haven't check counter shaft sprocket.
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