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post #1 of 17 Old 08-14-2007, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Is it better to apply chain lube when the chain is hot or cold?

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post #2 of 17 Old 08-14-2007, 12:00 PM
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Everything says hot.. best go for a ride and get the chain good and warm. Clean it with kerosene then lube it.

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Hot. The story is that the lube will "flow" better to get in the nooks and crannys of a warm chain. Most modern lubes "set up" and you will get less fling if you wait and let it cool before riding. Easiest is to shoot it with lube at the end of the day and you're all set by the next morning.

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+1 for hot. clean it off with kerosene spin around the block to heat it up, lube and let sit to cool off and set.

mind I have gotten really annoyed with doing this almost every day so i went out and ordered a loobman oilier today
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SKIPx2 jogged my memory on this - many years ago - 1976 to be exact I remember the Suz dealer telling me that if at all possible, clean the chain when warm as well - rationale was that kerosene (recommended for all the bikes I've ever had and all I've ever used) could also "flow" better into the nooks and crannies and could help clean out the grit that ultimately causes seized links etc. Since kerosene is a thin oil based lubricant, seemed to make sense so I've always done it.

I can't verify this to be something really earthshattering since I've only ever replaced a chain due to wear limits being exceeded but know for a fact I've never had any seized links since I make a point of testing the movement after I clean the chain.

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...mind I have gotten really annoyed with doing this almost every day...
Every day? Even the manual suggests every 600 to 800 kms. You riding that much?

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250~300km a day...200 super slab 20ish street and about 30 mixed other

I really need to find a job closer to where I live

(edit*just think I was doing this on a R6 lol)

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I thought I read that chains should be done roughly every 1,000 km. Am I wrong?

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250~300km a day...200 super slab 20ish street and about 30 mixed other

I really need to find a job closer to where I live

(edit*just think I was doing this on a R6 lol)

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I thought I read that chains should be done roughly every 1,000 km. Am I wrong?

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doubt it I've heard everything from 200km to 1500km and everything in between. i have seen people lube theirs every time they ride out to timmies and back, and others that just don't at all.

personally I do mine every 500km or if I ride through rain and generally havn't had any issues in the past 11 years of riding. Still works out to every other day or less at the moment which is a right PITA for me....hence the oilier interest.....i miss shaft drive somtimes
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Thanks all for the info...

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Clean it with kerosene then lube it.
Someone told me that WD40 will also clean a chain. Is this true?

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