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Old 10-23-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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What to use to clean black chain lube off of aluminum rims easily?

Obviously I don't want to use an abrasive on aluminum rims to clean them, but I was somewhat shocked that pure strength, then diluted strength to soak, Simple Green didn't really clean much chain lube off of the rear wheel of my DR650.

I'm no neat freak with the bikes since I ride them at least six days a week, but the one time I've thought "Yeah, maybe I should wash the DR..." it didn't really get clean looking with the goop on the rear wheel, sprocket, etc.

Should i go buy a little kerosene? Does WD-40 still cut through modern lubes? (I think the spray-can lube I have at home is PJ1 Black Label).
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:57 AM   #2
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I use Simple Green straight without diluting it. Its safe on the rims and is an excellent grease cutter....
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:58 AM   #3
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:02 AM   #4
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WD40 on a rag

Also, the chain cleaner that you hose off with water seems to works really well.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:08 AM   #5
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I've found that Honda aerosol cleaner / wax works most of the time for grease and bugs. For stubborn stuff I spray WD 40 on a rag.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:31 AM   #6
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Just use a little diesel / kerosene. It'll cut through caked on asphalt and tar, so it will work great on chain lube as well.

It's cheap and easily obtainable. It won't damage the finish.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:33 AM   #7
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wd40 on a rag.

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Old 10-23-2012, 10:20 AM   #8
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Thanks guys.

I'm either surprised the Simple Green is working for some, as I stated it was pretty useless, or that the chain lubes they use are cut by it when PJ1 Black isn't.
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:26 AM   #9
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p.s. STOP using chain lube. There is NO valid reason to spray "Chain lube on a modern O-Ring/ X-Ring chain. NONE.

Spray a bit of Teflon lube every 400 miles or so to help with the chain to sprocket contact...

All the "won't fly off" chain lubes trap dirt and destroy the the O-rings, cutting chain life in half (or worse)
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:36 AM   #10
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I'd almost agree with that, but I've seen what the Florida sun does to damage the o-rings on o-ring chains from others' bikes.

From what i understand, coating o-rings with a proper lube keeps them expanded, flexible, and protected from the sun.
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:39 AM   #11
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I was wondering about that myself, i mean if there is an o ring, the spray wont even reach the joint, which it's supposed to lube
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:42 AM   #12
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I was wondering about that myself, i mean if there is an o ring, the spray wont even reach the joint, which it's supposed to lube
Referring to Dakez post
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:48 AM   #13
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I was wondering about that myself, i mean if there is an o ring, the spray wont even reach the joint, which it's supposed to lube

I think of it as trying to keep the stock lube in the chain. If one's o-rings are dry, the lube from the inside will migrate in tiny amounts. Lubed o-rings won't draw lube from the insides.

This may be proven wrong, but in nearly every other application fluids do tend to move to cleaner or dryer areas.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:55 AM   #14
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p.s. STOP using chain lube. There is NO valid reason to spray "Chain lube on a modern O-Ring/ X-Ring chain. NONE.

Spray a bit of Teflon lube every 400 miles or so to help with the chain to sprocket contact...

All the "won't fly off" chain lubes trap dirt and destroy the the O-rings, cutting chain life in half (or worse)


polishing compound.

I like to use ATF
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:44 PM   #15
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S-100 works really well too.
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