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post #1 of 14 Old 11-06-2010, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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chain length= 2.5 revs

while lubricating the chain, it was difficult to know where I began and when to stop. I marked the chain with white grease and counted 2.5 revs of the tire to establish the length of chain. Probably this isn't news to most of you professionals. but, in case there is one out there that had the same problem...here is the solution.

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post #2 of 14 Old 11-06-2010, 09:19 PM
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That's a good piece of trivia, thanks.

I usually just put mine on the centerstand, crank it up, put it in gear, and spray the chain untill it starts slinging off.
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That's a good piece of trivia, thanks.

I usually just put mine on the centerstand, crank it up, put it in gear, and spray the chain untill it starts slinging off.
While this is a slick and fast method of doing this, PLEASE be sure that NOTHING but the little red spray tube gets near that chain and do it with solid footing or seated. No need to crouch and potentially fall over and into this two-wheeled chainsaw. Mmkay?

Oh, I do this too. I hate counting, wondering, just get her in gear, spinning and spray. Love it. :mrgreen:

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I guess I'm just a little less adventurous. I painted my master link rivets red.

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I guess I'm just a little less adventurous. I painted my master link rivets red.
That is actually a very clever idea. Thanks.

See http://whiskeytangohotel.com/gpi
to build your own V-Strom GPI and save, save, save!
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-07-2010, 09:50 AM
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Why not just buy an automatic chain oiler? The start at a reasonable price and much less hassle. For example I went with this one:

TUTORO Chain Oilers

I think it cost me about $35.00 or so shipped to the US. Cheaper if you live in the UK. Their customer service has been absolutely outstanding.

Here is an independent review of it.

RiDE Product Tests

Here is a pic of it mounted on my bike on the Givi engine guard so it is easily accessible. There are other photos in my album of it mounted as well as other farkles such as my Goldwing footpegs.

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Why not just buy an automatic chain oiler? The start at a reasonable price and much less hassle.:
I don't want to use oil. I use chain lube that doesn't fling off.

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You can use almost any kind of lube you want. Use the Scott Oiler lube and almost no issues with fling. You control the flow. If you over oil it, then you have issues with fling. The feed tubes go right onto the sprocket. I can add oil when in the rain to better protect it as well.
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Thanks, I'll pass. I like the way I do things now.

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Whatever works for you. This may not be an option for you as it sounds like you are set in your ways but for others it may be a good one. I like the fact that I don't have to carry a can of chain lube on a long trip. It also saves a lot of time. I just top off the reservoir from time to time and that is pretty much it. I'd rather spend my time riding than wrenching. I've done enough of that in the past.

Lubing a chain might not seem like it takes much time but if you are riding a lot, it eats up a lot of time. It is often something people skip. Not to mention the amount of money I've saved on chain lube is substantial. If you factor in the environmental effects of the negative effect of the propellant used in most aerosol cans and that is an impact as well for those of you more environmentally conscious.

Having an auto chain oiler is about the best option for me since the old days when there were enclosed chains and some were in an oil bath. Amazing how long chains lasted back then even though they were primitive by comparison with no o-rings and lower quality materials. Suspension design was worse as well which put more stress on the chain.

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