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View Poll Results: What chain wax/lube do you PRIMARILY use?
DuPont (Teflon Chain-Saver) 93 33.21%
Maxima (Chain Wax) 57 20.36%
BelRay (SuperClean Chain Lube) 23 8.21%
Tirox (Chain Wax) 6 2.14%
Motul brand 17 6.07%
Ipone brand 1 0.36%
Wurth brand 11 3.93%
Motor oil (used/new?) 12 4.29%
WD40 7 2.50%
(other: please post and specify!) 53 18.93%
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post #11 of 142 Old 06-13-2014, 09:27 AM
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Liquid Performance chain lube every couple hundred miles. OEM chain and rear sprocket. (11000 miles) Front sprocket from SV racing...don't recall make. ....generally recreational/fair weather riding.
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post #12 of 142 Old 06-13-2014, 09:45 AM
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informative thread, thank you for sharing.

i have a question to add:

do most lube when the chain is warm?

and if so, do you purposely warm the chain with a ride before you lube?


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I'm performing an experiment to see how long I can get a chain to last without lubing it in the tradition sense. Every 500 miles I simply wipe the chain down with a rag soaked in whatever I grab off the shelf. WD-40, Motor Oil, ATF. Whatever.

I ride a lot in the dirt so an overly wet chain attracts dirt like a magnet. On my street only bikes I've gotten 23k miles out of a chain. If I get half the life out of the chain or 75% out of it I'll consider that a win for not having to deal with the mess and cleaning out the counter sprocket cover when I change out the next chain.
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I am brand new to the Wee. It came with a Scottoiler (thus the other response) and I use the Scotoiler oil that came with the bike. When that oil os gone I will probably use ATF. I hope this helps

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I am not a fan of the Dupont stuff, not convinced the dry lube is effective. I have been using the Original Bike Spirits lube and really like it so far, and there is zero fling. Have a new chain on, so cannot comment yet on longevity.

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post #16 of 142 Old 06-13-2014, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by robfilms View Post
do most lube when the chain is warm?

and if so, do you purposely warm the chain with a ride before you lube?

I generally lube right after I stop so the chain is warm but I don't lose sleep over it.

I wouldn't go out of my way to warm the chain but try and make sure it can sit a bit before ridimg off. Ie: I generally fill up shortly before getting home and when I get home I lube. On a long ride I would normally lube the chain when I get to the gas station then fill up so it can sit as long as possible. Again I don't lose sleep over it. I just lube a lot.


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Originally Posted by robfilms View Post
lube when the chain is warm?
and if so, do you purposely warm the chain with a ride before you lube?
1. sometimes. 2. no.
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post #18 of 142 Old 06-13-2014, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks again for the responses so far folks.

A reminder, whenever possible please include the mileage (in KM or Mi) you've gotten out of your previous or current chains -- and if possible, any contributing factors to these numbers. This is one of the most important pieces of information I'm looking for in this thread, actually moreso than the products being used.

Also: For those of you using ScottOiler/similar auto-oiling systems, what do you think of them vs the manual lubing/waxing method? Are they messy? Expensive to maintain/refill? I've been thinking of trying it out; I've read that they're fantastic for keeping the chain lubed but can be quite messy.
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post #19 of 142 Old 06-13-2014, 12:34 PM
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Voted "Other"

I use most any dedicated chain lube, preferring the tacky, messy kind. I'm currently liking the Maxima Clear Chain lube.
I lube immediately after a ride, but don't warm it if it needs it now.
The last chain was on a ZX9 (138 rwhp) that when 34K miles. I don't bother cleaning them very often.
I always replace the set, both sprockets & chain all at once. This is the best way to get the most mileage from a chain. I like the DID brand.
Maybe it's anal, but I also "break in" the chain by riding easy for a hundred miles or so; not wanting to "shock" any one section until it's had some run time.
Works for me.

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post #20 of 142 Old 06-13-2014, 12:34 PM
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I used the DuPont Stuff until they changed their formula. Bought my bike w/ 10k on it and got another 15k outta the chain with DP. Not sure why it started to kink, probably just time. Now use Bel Ray. It performs great. 15k on it now. Clean (thoroghly w/ WD40) and lube every 500 - 600 miles. Have not had to adjust it but a few times.

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