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post #1 of 70 Old 09-15-2010, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Help end an arguement... Is WD40 a good chain luge?

I know this has been talked about before here, but the search tool thingy isn't very helpful, (I really tried using it).

Is WD40 okay to lube your motorcycle chain? I say yes, friend says "no way" and would NEVER use it over long periods of time.

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Some have used it with success. That being said, its properties are not a good match for the job requirement. It just goes to show that a poor lubricant used often can be better than a good lubricant used too little or one that attracts dirt and is not cleaned.

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WD40 is much thinner than the chain lubricant I have applied. It might work if you apply it constantly, but it can't be ideal.
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Depends how long you want your chain to last. The fact is it is damaging to the 'O' or 'X' ring seals. It is also designed to creep into very tight spots, and so will get past the roller seals and dilute the grease in the rollers. This eventually leads to a lack of roller lube grease as it leaches out over time, causing a very prematurely worn out chain.

Now some people will swear they have used it for years and haven't had any problems. That's either bull or they have been incredibly lucky or don't actually ride that much. There is plenty of information on the net showing disasters caused by WD40 being used as a chain cleaner and lube. In your Suzuki handbook for your bike it states to use only Kerosene to clean your chain. That's pretty good advise. That's all I use because it works and it's cheap, use a proprietory lube afterwards.

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WD40 will not damage seals or get past the O/X rings any more than kerosene will. It just is not a good lubricant for the roller to bushing interface which does not have lubricant sealed in like the bushing to pin interface does.

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No.........

Or maybe if you spray it on every 50 miles.

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No.........

Or maybe if you spray it on every 50 miles.
Gee, I replaced my OEM chain at 27,800 miles using 100% WD40 every 500 miles or so. Just think how long it would have lasted using a real chain lube.
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I'd never use WD40 as a chain lube.....I would however spray it on a chain to drive off water, but then put on some real lube.

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WD-40 is not a good lubricant anyway... WD-40 stands for "W"ater "D"isplacement and 40 is the formula version #. It was developed as a way of driving out moisture from electronics and such. I guess it is better than using nothing on your chain, but a real chain lube has to be infinitely better.

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WD-40 is a solvent more than a lubricant and evaporates in a short period of time. It is great for cleaning a grungy chain, but I would personally NEVER use as a lubricant. YMMV

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