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post #1 of 31 Old 05-26-2006, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Chain Cleaning

OK, really stupid newbie question here.

The Suzuki manual says to wash the chain with kerosene, allow it to dry, and lube it. Does this mean remove the chain and wash it or just use an old toothbrush and clean it with it still mounted (I do have a centerstand on the bike)? I guess it's results that count so either way should presumably work, but I'd appreciate your opinions.

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post #2 of 31 Old 05-26-2006, 09:45 AM
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Moose makes a chain cleaning solution and a nifty little black box with brushes. Put the cleaning solution in the box, slap the box on the chain and spin the rear tire. Easy and not messy.
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I've got the moose cleaner and it is nice! However, SCraig, you are correct, you can clean the chain while it is on the bike. Just put it on your center stand and wipe it down with some kerosene-soaked rags, maybe hit it in some rough spots with a tooth brush -- let dry and then lube. Should be good to go.

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Thanks, guys. That's pretty much what I expected but when I see the word "Wash" the first thing that comes to mind is to dump it in a bucket and wash it. I think I'll take your advice and do it the easy way

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I use the grunge brush with kerosine and reduces the time with the chain.

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What about using WD-40? I've heard that's good to clean the chain. I was going to buy kerosene but it only comes in huge cans. Don't want to buy 5 gallons!

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I had the same problem finding kerosene in smaller than 5gl container. I finally got lucky at Ace Hardware. They sell it in a one gallon jug. I use a rag and a vegetable brush. Works for me.

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I use WD40, OK, let the thrashing begin....
Some are deadset against it, others swear buy it.

I myself have used, in no order,
-gas
-WD40
-Diesel
-Kerosene
-degreaser
Probably a few others I do not remember.

Don't tell me about the gasoline, I know. It was necessary and unavoidable.

I second the vote on the moose cleaner. Haven't used it on the Strom yet, but it is a snap, and cuts down on some of the mess and enviormental issues.

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How often do you guys clean and lube your chains?

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post #10 of 31 Old 05-26-2006, 06:29 PM
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I spray down with either WD-40 or Teflon every weekend since it only takes a few minutes.

So probably every 200-300 miles.

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