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post #1 of 20 Old 11-11-2005, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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What's your chain lubing/waxing routine?

What's the best way to maintain the chain? Clean it completely then lube it? Just lube it regularly and clean "as necessary"?

Also, what chain lube/wax do you use?

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post #2 of 20 Old 11-11-2005, 11:19 AM
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I never clean and use Maxima chain wax often. The dirt flings off with the excess wax. Since I spend time off road, wax does not attract dirt and sand as much as regular oil does.

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post #3 of 20 Old 11-11-2005, 11:33 AM
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This is a can of worms on most forums but I'll give my $.02. Start with a warm chain because it will clean up MUCH easier. I use kerosene and either a Grunge Brush or an old toothbrush to clean the chain. I use an old metal paint tray to catch the kerosene so it doesn't make too much of a mess. After the chain is clean wipe it down to remove the kerosene and then apply your favorite chain lube while the chain is still warm. A lot of folks debate whether or not to use WD-40. I'm not using it now because kerosene is cheaper for me. OTOH WD-40 works very well and I never had a problem with it ruining an o-ring chain. YMMV

Another topic of debate is the lube. I have tried a lot of chain lubes and I will not try to say which one is best, only what flavor I'm using right now. I like the Dupont Teflon dry lube stuff (available at Lowes) on the dirt bike (attracts less dirt) and I'm using Pro Honda Red stuff on the street bikes. I usually look at the street bike chain and decide if I'm going to clean/lube or just add more lube based on how dirty it looks. I use the 2nd trip meter on the bike to mark when I clean/lube the chain so I know exactly how long its been since the last cleaning. I forget things so this makes it easier on me and I don't have to keep looking at the chain all the time.

The dirt bikes I clean/lube after every single ride because they need it!
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post #4 of 20 Old 11-11-2005, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by RubberDown
I like the Dupont Teflon dry lube stuff (available at Lowes) on the dirt bike
I'll also cast a Yes vote for the Dupont Multi-Purpose teflon lube. The chain remains quite slick for the 300 miles or so between treatments and doesn't attract dirt. That said, it's probably more important to clean/lube regularly, than to use a particular "magic" product..
post #5 of 20 Old 11-11-2005, 08:25 PM
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I have been using Sidewinder's sprocket lub it is some great stuff. I can go out & roll around in the sand & dirt come home & wash the dirt right off
post #6 of 20 Old 11-11-2005, 09:01 PM
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Scott oiler for me, uses bugger all oil to contantly lubricate the sprockets and chain. Out of interest how often do people have to tention there chain, mine was done at the 1000 km service and the 6000 km service, it's comeing up to it's 12000 km service and the chain is still spot on, not too loose not to tight. Dont know if it's the Scott oiler or weather these stock chains just dont ever stretch, certainly not complaining :wink:

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post #7 of 20 Old 11-12-2005, 07:45 PM
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Aussie Stromer 1039 I've adjusted my chain similiar to you. I have about 80% highway kilometers (12,600K's). I use a spray on lubricant (non oil).
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post #8 of 20 Old 11-12-2005, 11:45 PM
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I may be a little anal, but I try to clean and lube every 250-300 miles.
I clean with Moose's sludge away chain cleaner. They make a nifty little box with brushes that locks on the chain so all you have to do is spin the rear wheel. The chain runs through the box and the brushes clean the chain. Then after a 10 minute ride to warm up the chain, I spary on Bel-Ray chain lube, which seems to be pretty good at clinging to the chain.
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post #9 of 20 Old 11-13-2005, 02:28 AM
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It seems like most chain cleaning threads I've seen in the past usually end up opening a can of worms. There many differing opinions on this subject.

I use nothing but W-40 every 500 miles. I spray the chain liberally and the wipe it off with a clean towel. That's it! It takes 5 minutes. Since modern chains are sealed all you need to do for maintenance is remove grime and prevent rust. I have been using this routine on the last 5 chain drive bikes I have owned- with zero problems. No O ring problems at all.
post #10 of 20 Old 11-13-2005, 04:47 PM
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I clean the chain with WD-40 and a wipe down when I wash the bike and about every 3000 miles, I take the rear wheel off and really go at the chain and sprockets with a tub of WD-40 and a dog tooth brush.

I lube with Maxima chain wax after cleaning or when the chain looks like it needs it.

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