Cleaning a new chain

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  1. gmk999

    gmk999 ____ as a Rotax

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    I just got a new xring chain and it came packed in white grease. A lot of it, more then ever before.
    Normally I would put the chain on the bike and then wipe it with a rag, gas, wd, thinner.. whatever I have on hand and be done.
    But I usually don’t spend more the $100 on a chain either.
    I want to get a long life out of this one as my last one <$100 only lasted a year.

    I am worried that the grease will hold grit on and around the rings and wear them out. so I would like to soak the chain clean before install and wax it after.
    Question is, What to clean it with to remove the grease but not soften or dammage the x-rings.

    Any and all advice appreciated, Thanks IA.<<<<< Don’t make me remove that line!!
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  2. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    I just did the same... I installed the chain and used several rags to get the excess grease off. After a 100 mile ride, I wiped it again. After another ride I lubed it with Belray Super Clean chain lube and only applied it to the inner area or the chain. All good.
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  3. RonKZ650

    RonKZ650 Been here awhile

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    That is the best advice. Just wipe off the excess and ride. I always used WD40 sprayed on a rag. After that, frequent lubing is needed. I never see a chain drive motorcycle with a properly lubed chain. All I look at in parking lots ect always dry as a bone. I got 40,000-60,000 out of a chain, but lubed a lot. Sometimes every 20 miles in dusty or rain. I know that is rediculous, but chains last only when lubed. The dopes that think oring chain don't need lube are misinformed. Thankfully my chain days are over.
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  4. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    I look for 20-24 K or two years out of a chain and sprockets and I lube them about every 1,000 miles or so unless we do a lot of rain or dirt riding.
    I will add to my previous post wipe the grease of initially and then when the chain is warm, right after a ride then lube it while still warm.
    I generally change tires, chain and sprockets every two years. Makes sense that while you have the wheels off do it all.
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  5. gmk999

    gmk999 ____ as a Rotax

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    Thanks, I do the same. this is by far not my first chain (Bike is 18 this year) but this is my first with this amount of grease on it. It is packed in it not just coated I thought maybe i missed a memo .
    Wipe and ride it is..
    Between my bike gets older, suspention getting softer and me riding harder with more gear. I seem to need higher tensile strength chains to avoid dammage when i hit a chain bender dip or bump. This chain is 9k so I am expexting a longer life then 1 year. But the massive ammount packing grease threw me. Maybe they just don’t sell as many so they pack them for storage?
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  6. cagiva549

    cagiva549 whats a cagiva

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    It's free chain lube , let it do its job . I never clean a chain , oil it every 500 miles or so and expect 50,000 miles out of it and a set of sprockets . I do buy top quality chains .
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  7. Mr. B

    Mr. B Slowpoke

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    This can easily devolve into another chain lube thread :D.

    My bike came with a lot of white grease on the chain. I don't like chain wax or grease because I agree that they hold dirt and grit. I ran some ATF on it (liberally) and wiped off as much grease as I could. I only used a rag and I didn't spend more than a minute doing this. After a couple hundred miles I did it again. The white grease/ATF flings off the chain pretty quickly when riding. After a couple hundred miles my chain was clean. BTW, I use ATF as a lube. I never clean my chains either; ATF seems to do that just fine.
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  8. 3shot

    3shot Been here awhile

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    i always thought it was the same grease as they used inside the chain on the pins etc. But, then they also apply to the outside to prevent rust etc. while its sitting in the box.
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  9. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    The more you fuss over a chain the shorter its life.
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  10. SteelJM1

    SteelJM1 Undercover KTM rider

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    I'd rather change a chain every 10k than waste my time lubing it at 20 mile intervals.
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  11. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    Would it convince anyone if tomorrow I cut open an old dirt bike chain to show how much used atf/oil was still being the orings ?

    I know it probably won't, but hey, I'll do it anyway
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  12. nzrian

    nzrian renegade master

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    :lurk

    interested to see that chain cut up.
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  13. Mr. B

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    Probably not. We all stick to our religious beliefs with things like motor oil, chain lube, tires... But go for it--I'm curious.
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  14. fast4d

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    on new chains I clean with wd40 then lube with chain wax.
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