A New Best Chain Lube - CRC No. 03055

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  1. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Update on CRC 03055 Food Grade Chain Lube. Definitely has proven itself over time to be the best chain lube I've ever used by far. Very long lasting and reasonably un messy. It has evaporants, and does leave some waxy residue once it has some drying time, but that's one reason it lasts so long. I find I can remove the residue when pressure washing with a degreaser. PJ1 accumulations were more difficult to remove.

    By the way, DON'T order CRC 03058 Extreme Duty Open Gear & Chain Lube! This is a nasty black substance that will stain anything it touches and dry out to something darned near impossible to get off. Horrible stuff for motorcycle applications.
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  2. Bronco638

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    Does the 03055 clean up with something like Simple Green? I'm not a fan of using aggressive solvents to clean my chain.
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  3. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Yes. Like I said in the post, cleans up easier than PJ1 Blue.
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    Sorry, I don't have any perspective on PJ1 Blue (which is why I asked :D).
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  5. dpforth

    dpforth no inline fours

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    Have you tried kerosene? Not what I consider 'aggressive', recommended by chain makers and kinder to aluminum than Simple Green.
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    I have (and used to own a diesel VW). That smell irritates my wife to no end. Either I walk down the street to clean the chain with kero or choose something less offensive to my wife's olfactory system. :D Happy wife........

    I don't think my chain has any aluminum in it (??).
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  7. dpforth

    dpforth no inline fours

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    No, but your rim and possibly spoke nipples probably do.
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  8. Cliffjord

    Cliffjord Been here awhile

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    Have you by chance tried Dupont Chain Saver w/teflon for any amount of time?
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    True but I'm not cleaning them with Simple Green, just the chain (off the bike).
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  10. 1fxstbi

    1fxstbi Been here awhile

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    I've used simple green on all my bike chains while on the bike and haven't had any problems because I flush everything after use with clean water. I find that Dawn dish soap squirted on the wet chain and scrubbed with a hard bristle brush cleans as good as any kind of soap type material. Kerosene does an excellent job but is too messy for me. My 2 cents...
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  11. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Nope. Have you tried the recommended CRC Food Grade lube?
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    Nope, because I'm not planning on eating off the final drive components of my bike. Your spray uses mineral oil as the base. The dupont stuff uses a wax base with teflon and molybdenum
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  13. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    I'm at the dentist now, getting teeth fixed after gnawing on my chain. When I saw "food grade" well, I went nuts, trying to get at the minerals in the mineral oil.

    Excuse the humor :-). Glad you found your excellent lube...
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  14. Thesolidman1

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    Thanks for the tip, trying it out, seems really good.
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    Their chain cleaner in the red can works pretty well too. I'll soak the chain and use and old toothbrush to loosen up the really caked on stuff. Spray again to rinse and a quick wipe down with some paper towels. Gets it clean enough for a fresh application of the Chain Saver.
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  16. PSchrauber

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    For cleaning chains I do it the frugal way using acetone works quite well one liter inside a metal mug.
    Put the chain inside just some stirring and all debris falls off. I then brush the chain while still wet lying on a towel on both sides again a dip in acetone and job done. I then pure back the rest of acetone after a couple of minutes. All residue has then fallen to the bottom. The acetone is again nearly clean. From one liter around 1/10 is used by this cleaning process pee cleaning session.

    Important I clean the chain outside and like to have at least some wind as acetone do smell a lot and to isn't very healthy, once evaporated the smell is gone, nothing left. I wear special gloves too made of natural rubber I believe.
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  17. 1fxstbi

    1fxstbi Been here awhile

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    I read this thread a while back and since I respect what 'bene has to say about trials and all the related products associated with it I thought I'd try his favorite chain lube. $9.00 delivered, not a bad deal. I've used it several times in the last month and I must say it is now my favorite too! It does stay kind of wet all the time and here in the Midwest dirt and mud it doesn't seem to attract much grit. In a recent trials that was all water and mud the chain stayed very clean yet still oily. The lube doesn't wash off with plain water but add some Dawn dish washing liquid and a small brush and it washes right off and the chain looks like it was washed in kerosene. Clean! It works great for me, thanks motobene!
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  18. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Welcome! Thanks for trying it!

    One thing I've learned using it this year is to not heap a bunch on chain. It will stay on heavy and fling off many days later in small gobs. It just needs a single wetting.
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  19. Zuendapp

    Zuendapp Been here awhile

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    Can you pass on the info where you purchased the chain lube for $9 ??
    I have seen it advertised for $12.95 plus shipping?

    Thanks
    Terry

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  20. 1fxstbi

    1fxstbi Been here awhile

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    I got it off eBay a little over a month ago from an individual listing a single container. The bottom of the can was kind of rusty but he assured me that it would spray so I bought it and so far it has worked fine. I think it might be old stock because the new cans have the non-removable straw. Unfortunately I don't remember the sellers name or I would be checking to see if he had more.
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