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post #1 of 67 Old 06-30-2019, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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there are about as many opinions on this as there are riders. I use atf applied by a dauber bottle. I sell the bottles in for sale. I have had several used bikes that had kinky chains when I got them. I applied ATF and the chain became more flexible. ATF is great for O rings and O ring chains. that is auto trans fluid if someone doesn't know. you don't need a lot, just a shiny spot on the inside of the lower run of the chain. to much does more harm than good. You can also use 1 dauber bottle to apply kerosene or mild solvent to the chain to clean dirty old oil off, then wipe with a rag or paper towel.

Be nice to your chain and it will last a lot longer and not need adjusted as often.
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If you can define what "best" means to you then a chain lube can be chosen.

For me the lube is not as important as how and how often it is applied. For me the "best" setup is ATF dispensed through a Scott Oiler. It continually oils and clean the chain whenever the bike is running.


Some folks do not see the up front $130 investment as the "best" bang for their buck so they choose something else.

I will tell you that yes the $130 investment is a tough pill to swallow but in the end it is money well spent and will save you money because the chain and sprockets will last at least double the mileage of what they do with traditional periodic topical applications of lubricant. Its a case of pay now or pay later but either way you'll pay.
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Went from BelRay Super Clean to Amsoil. So far it seems much better, but time will tell. 22K on my 18 1000 and have yet to need adjustment. Runs quieter also. Very small amount of fling
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Isn't there already too many threads on this?

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I just installed Tapatalk and I was looking for a certain chain lube and didn't realize I started a thread moderators go ahead and delete it I got what I want

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Not sure there is a definitive but right now I'm using Motul chain paste which I apply from a tube it comes in, and every couple weeks I spray the chain with WD40 and wipe the chain with a shop rag after a few minutes of it soaking in...Chain paste seems great and really spreads itself out well, tiny bit works fine every 500 miles or so. Obviously time will tell, I have a centerstand I put on which makes it all super easy regardless of lube type but I generally don't like sprays
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For me the lube is not as important as how and how often it is applied. For me the "best" setup is ATF dispensed through a Scott Oiler. It continually oils and clean the chain whenever the bike is running.
Perazzi, is ATF affected by temperature as most of the chain oils or motor oils are? I like the idea of an oiler but don't want to have to futz with it as temperatures change.

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Atf is not affected by temperatures. if it was affected by temperature your auto trans would not work very well now would it? beside being good for O rings and neoprene parts, ATF has consistent viscosity and high film strength. just what you need for an auto trans or an Oring chain. however you put atf on your chain it is better than the spray stuff you put all over the place
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"Original Bike Spirits Chain Lube" is what I was searching for, when I accidentally started this thread, now to find it.
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