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post #1 of 35 Old 05-05-2011, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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What is the correct procedure for cleaning and oiling the chain?

This is the first time I'm going to oil the chain, so I want to do it right.
The bike now has 500 miles so I guess it is a good maintenance point.

Reading the threads here, I got the Dupont Teflon spray (Yellow) and WD-40.
I do have experience cleaning a mountain bike chain using MTB degreaser foam with a tooth brush, then wash with some water, dry with cloth and then oil..

I don't have a center stand, so I guess I would have to go back and forth a bit.

So the question is simple, can someone provide a few clear & simple steps on the correct or recommended clean & oil procedure?

Searched the forum but did not find what I was looking for.
If it is there, I apologize in advance.

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Do the work right after a ride. Chain is hot and dry. Remove the guard. Wipe it off with kerosene and a rag. Apply the lube of choice and wipe excess off as you go. Remove the counter sprocket cover once or twice per year and clean the crud out that accumulates in there, and you should be OK. I made a stand to hold mine up but there are many worthwhile stands on the market. If you get a stand the job is so easy, you will do it more often. The center kick stands allow you to do the work any time, and almost anywhere..

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Thanks for the answers.
A few questions:
1. (Might sound stupid..) Where do I get Kerosene? Can WD-40 be used instead?
2. How does one remove the guard?
3. (Not related directly to topic) Can you post instructions (and sharper images) of your custom made stand. I really like that concept of a stand just for maintenance.

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Good question, i was also wondering the same thing. I found this video on Youtube which is great because it shows the proper way to do so.

YouTube - Clean and Lube Your Chain

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WD-40 can be substituted for kerosene as a cleaner........it's what I use. Don't use it as a lubricate on the chain tho. Everyone has their own techniques and formulas for lubing. I use the spray, and/or 90 wt gear oil swabbed on with a small rag........wearing gloves. I have approximately 25k miles on my ZRX1100 chain......still looks and performs as new.

Oh yeah..........NEVER put the bike on the centerstand, start the motor, put it in gear to get the chain moving, and then try to lube it while in motion..........not unless you want to get the "5 finger discount".

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You will get all kinds of advice as to the best way to lube and clean, and whether to use Oil based or teflon based products. If you follow their advice you will have a nice clean chain that probably lasts 20,000 to 25,000 miles. The manual suggests you clean the chain with kerosene and lube it every 1000 km/600 miles, which I did for my first two chains, and I got around 22,000 miles on them


If you don't bother cleaning the chain but lube it immediately after a ride when you fill the tank or after a rain ride you can expect the chain to last over 70,000 km/40,000 miles. (My last chain lubed this way lasted about 72,000 km or 44,600 miles.)

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I do as VTOM. I do not clean and lube. I lube only. Cleaning chains is very rare for me.

A MTB chain is not O ring and requires cleaning. On an O ring just lube between the plates top and bottom where it hits the rubber rings. I always over lube and make a mess. I use both the Home Depot teflon stuff and Bell Ray Clean Lube which is more $$ but lasts a little longer. I lube at every other tank, but rarely ride in the rain unless it catches me on the highway.
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It is a lot easier with the rear wheel off the ground. Since you don't have a center stand I would look at. One of those rear wheel crutches that hold up the wheel via the swing arm. The one I have is from white horse press. It works well and is nice if you get a flat on the road as well

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Here's how I do it--
--Wipe the chain off with a dry rag.
--Spray each link of the chain with the lube. While in neutral, balance the bike on the sidestand and roll the wheel a bit (with a helper or your foot). Spray more until done. You can make a short piece of wood to prop under the rear axle nut to get the rear wheel off the ground or buy or make something to do the job. Never, ever prop the rear wheel off the floor, rotate it with the engine, and get your fingers anywhere near the running chain & sprocket.
--Ride. Enjoy.

By the way, the Dupont Teflon Multi-Use Lubricant in the blue can is the same stuff and $5 at Lowe's.

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I do as VTOM. I do not clean and lube. I lube only. Cleaning chains is very rare for me.

A MTB chain is not O ring and requires cleaning. On an O ring just lube between the plates top and bottom where it hits the rubber rings. I always over lube and make a mess. I use both the Home Depot teflon stuff and Bell Ray Clean Lube which is more $$ but lasts a little longer. I lube at every other tank, but rarely ride in the rain unless it catches me on the highway.
Finally. 100% agree. Cleaning for just street riding is not needed. Lubricate using a teflon motorcycle chain lube. Use a center stand or a rear stand, turning the wheel by hand and spraying the o -ring groove on both outer sides of the chain. Clean off the excess from the chain and surrounding areas. Repeat ea 500 miles.

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