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post #21 of 77 Old 11-27-2017, 05:23 AM
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+1 Bugzy.
I have a Tutoro auto oiler, never clean the chain, just wipe the sprocket occasionally. I replaced the front sprocket at 25,000 km as the teeth were a bit thinner than new, but it would have run a lot longer if necessary. That was the first time I had the front sprocket cover off, and there was minimal gunk in there. I use chainsaw bar oil in the Tutoro.

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I saw a promo for those auto chain oilers and they look like a good investment,bit easier to fit than some of the others too.
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I installed a Tutoro a while back and so far, I would rate it A+. I'm still using the oil that came with the kit but will probably use bar and chain oil later.
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" So now I use the above service schedule, more or less."

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"I use chainsaw bar oil in the Tutoro."

How often do you need to refill the reservoir for the Tutoro? Do you carry a container of chainsaw lube when you travel?

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A bit off topic but when I notice a chain going bad it usually has dry rusty stuff around the o-rings. And the bike gets herky jerky too. Kinks that won't come out etc.

I wonder what others think when their chain goes bad.

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What? Lube the chain? Dang it, I knew I was forgetting something. I hadn't ridden a chain driven bike since the early 80's everything since then has been shaft driven. since I bought the '14 Strom in '15 new from the dealer I have tried to be diligent in regular lube and cleaning intervals, not always successfully. I do clean and lube after every foray into the dirt but for the most part I just lube with the factory spray every other fuel stop so that works out to about once a week or about 300 miles. I did change the original chain at about 20K a few months ago. Now I remember why I went to shaft driven LOL.
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Winter road salt is what I clean off.Had more chain drive by far but all so shaft and belt. Chain is only one that never failed me on a street bike.Broke three drive belts and shaft side lined me twice. Shaft is my pic if a choice. Abuse was in the failure of the belts and shaft trouble. Chain will take it as never broke one in ten years of drag strips.Now at 71 I still am too hard on them but lots less than when young.
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" So now I use the above service schedule, more or less."

When knowledge becomes wisdom!

"I use chainsaw bar oil in the Tutoro."

How often do you need to refill the reservoir for the Tutoro? Do you carry a container of chainsaw lube when you travel?
If you need to fill it approx every 1000 miles, then you have the flow adjusted about right. I will continue to use the Tuturo oil, whatever it is it works fabulous and I'll just order it through Rick. So far I have put about 6,000 miles on my oiler, and I still have about half a bottle left of the Tuturo oil.

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I have a TUTORO oiler as well and it does fine. I've been using it for ~16k miles and have replaced the reservoir twice due to cracking starting at the top. I don't clean my chain and do less than 100 miles a year off blacktop.

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A critical component of the not cleaning your chain strategy is to also not write down the odo reading when you put on a new one. I do lube my chain, but I don't clean it and I don't write down the mileage when I replace it. I don't write down the mileage when I replace my tires or brake pads either. I ride until stuff needs attention. Then I attend to it. There's probably some advantages to tracking all that stuff, but it's never struck me as worth the mental energy. I'm certainly not advocating this approach, but it goes really well with the rest of my character flaws.
I write it all down and keep track of my costs. It really helps justify wanting to spend money on farkles when I can prove to my wife she spends 5x as much on her car as I do on my Strom.

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