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post #1 of 21 Old 05-15-2009, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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gook on new chain

What is that white gook that comes on new chains? I just had a new chain and sprockets installed, should I clean that sticky white stuff off right away or is it actually a lubricant for the chain?

The parts manager at the Suzuki place told me that WD40 was the best product to clean chains.

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It protects against rust. Kerosene is recommended for chain cleaning. DuPont Multi-Use Lubricant http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/motor...chain-lube.htm or Bel-Ray Super Clean Chain Lube http://www.belray.com/consumer/product.fsp?pid=13616 seem to be the favorites for keeping away future rust and keeping the chain cleaner looking.

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I read that WD40 is a good cleaner. I think I will try that. That and chain wax. That is what the Suzuki dealer pushed on me anyway.

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That is what the Suzuki dealer pushed on me anyway.
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The debate continues regarding WD40 as a chain cleaner. Some say it will sneak past the o-rings and dissolve the factory lubrication, other say they have used it for thousands of miles without any issues.

Personally, I used it on my last chain for 15,000 miles without incident. I feel that WD40 is safe for chain cleaning because it is only on the chain for a very short period of time before it is wiped off. If you were to soak a chain in WD40, I suspect that the o-rings would be compromised. That being said, I will be switching to kerosene to clean my new chain.

Webbikeworld commented on WD40 here (not good):
http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/motorcycle-chain-lube/

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The debate continues regarding WD40 as a chain cleaner. Some say it will sneak past the o-rings and dissolve the factory lubrication, other say they have used it for thousands of miles without any issues.

Personally, I used it on my last chain for 15,000 miles without incident. I feel that WD40 is safe for chain cleaning because it is only on the chain for a very short period of time before it is wiped off. If you were to soak a chain in WD40, I suspect that the o-rings would be compromised. That being said, I will be switching to kerosene to clean my new chain.

Webbikeworld commented on WD40 here (not good):
http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/motorcycle-chain-lube/
They say it but have no concrete evidence that WD40 destroys the O-Rings.

I have read several pro WD40 articles also. I plan on using WD40 because I will be doing a six month tour and WD40 is easier to carry than a bottle of kerosene with brush. WD40 to clean and then i will use up a can of Wax they sold me at the local Suzuki. I will try the Teflon stuff later. I used to use gear oil but it gets messy.

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There's nothing dangerous about WD40. A guy at ADVRider even did a test on O-rings with various substances and WD40 and kero were harmless. I prefer kerosene because it is less expensive and doesn't leave oil as a residue. WD40 is mostly solvent similar to kerosene anyway.

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Don't listen to GW! I've read that WD40 will instantly dissolve your chain's O'rings and wash away the lubricant they protect. Think phaser set to kill. Gone, poof.

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My source is http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=350310
What is yours?

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My personal preference is kerosene for cleaning but have been known to use wd40 once in a while if I'm out on the road and my chain gets dirty/muddy.

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