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post #1 of 29 Old 04-27-2008, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Chain cleaning question

I have seen several members here saying kerosene is the best thing to clean the chain with. Do you remove the chain, and if so, do you re-use the same link you pressed apart, or do you get another? Probably a stupid question, but my steam cleaner is supposed to run on kerosene, but the people I bought it from always burned diesel fuel in it. Is diesel a viable alternative for cleaning, as well? I know years ago diesel was about half the cost of kerosene, not sure that would still be the cae with todays prices.:mad:

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I got 550 miles on my new 'Strom yesterday and thought I'd better lube the chain! Problem is the dealer didn't get my center stand by the time they promised - and that was part of the deal. Anyway, I was stuck with Kerosene and a nail brush and rolling the bike around the back yard! I just did a couple revolutions of the chain and scrubbed it down with the kerosene - I'd never done this before since previous bikes were shaftys.

It was messy, but after that I cleaned the gunk off my back wheel and polished it up. Then I rolled the bike down the street to spray DuPont Multi-lube on the chain - that stuff supposedly is less messy/flingy so maybe it'll keep my rear wheel cleaner.

I'll probably have to go through the whole thing again after the dealer sprays their gunk on it during the first service but hopefully I'll have my center stand by then to make it MUCH easier and quicker.
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LOL! Being without a centerstand is not any fun, but provides entertainment for those of us who have one! I hope you get it soon, sure makes things easier

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Tell the dealer not to lube the chain, that you'll take care of it. Using the DuPont stuff cuts the need to clean the chain way down. It doesn't collect dirt. The Kettenmax device makes cleaning and lubing the chain a much less messy activity. http://www.kettenmax.at/en/company/co_kmax_classic.asp

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If you have the benefit of a center stand (worth the cost just for chain maintenance), but the bike up on the stand.

I use a small plastic scrub brush, think overgrown tooth brush (which would work, too). I put literally about one-two teaspoons of kerosene in an old spray paint can cap, dip the brush in the kero, and scrub a section of chain. Roll the rear wheel to the next section and repeat, until you've gone all the way around the chain.

Then I use those blue shop paper towels to vigorously scrub the remaining kero and gunk from the chain by hand. Caution- keep your fingers away from that rear sprocket!!! Get going to fast and you can get bit. But, I also try to get the rag near the sprocket teeth to get any accumulation off those as well with the rag.

After I'm done with that, I put the spray tube for the Dupont spray mentioned before right on the chain rollers along the bottom section of chain on the top/inner surface of the chain rollers, GENTLY press the spray button (so just a partial trickle of spray comes out, not full pressure to keep it from spraying everywhere, like on the rear brake) and run the spray tube down the chain. I also cradle the chain with a rag right where I'm spraying, to catch overspray. The spray lube is meant for chain roller-to-sprocket contact, and the Dupont lube has not only teflon, but molybdenum, which is a high stress metal-on-metal lube that you find in gear lubes, etc., so it's going to do a good job on the chain and sprockets. The chain has permanently sealed lube inside the plates and rollers, so the spray isn't critical here.

Roll the rear wheel a few times by hand to spread the lube, and rag off the excess quickly/lightly.

I do this about every 500-700 miles, and after you've done it a few times you'll have the job done in under 5 minutes.

A box of nitrile rubber gloves works great to keep the funk off your hands. Don;t use latex, they will dissolve fast from the kero and spray lube.

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The Teflon spray also eliminates crap buildup around the front sprocket.
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If you want to be lazy like me, buy a loobman chain oiler. I have not cleaned my chain in about 6000 miles, and my chain and sprockets show no wear with 15000 miles. The only problem is that it tends to throw oil on your rear fender, but that just adds to the dirty bike look that I love so much. The best 30 bucks I have spent on the bike. Squeeze and forget.
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You have one of those, Greywolf? That looks pretty awesome!I couldn't see a price in dollars

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I got mine at http://www.adventurersworkshop.com/k...aintenance.htm

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I got 550 miles on my new 'Strom yesterday and thought I'd better lube the chain! Problem is the dealer didn't get my center stand by the time they promised - and that was part of the deal. Anyway, I was stuck with Kerosene and a nail brush and rolling the bike around the back yard!
Centerstands are useful and my DL has one but they're not necessary for lubing the chain, or pulling the rear wheel for that matter. Just make a temporary prop by cutting a piece of 3/4" PVC pipe the right length to fit under the right side foot peg bracket and lift the rear wheel an inch or so off the ground (probably 12-14"). I carry such a prop on both my SV650 (fits under the seat) and KLR (under the gas tank) which don't have center stands. Weighs almost nothing and works great. I've even fixed a flat on the KLR in the woods using the prop to support the bike while I pulled the rear wheel.

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