How do you clean your chain?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by HappyForNow, Jul 11, 2013.

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How do you clean your chain?

  1. Leave it on the bike

  2. Remove it from the bike

  3. I ride an expensive import and let the mechanic clean it while I ask for Grey Poupon

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  1. Krono

    Krono Perfect Liner

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    Not really, but it is like yourself ... one can probably still be ok with only one bath a year :puke1

    Call it waste of time or wathever .. but I like my bike clean such as my body, my firearms, my car, my house, my dog and so on :D

    L
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  2. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    I don't lube them either. The lube is on the inside. I do spray Teflon Chain lube on about every 300-500 miles for the chain to sprocket contact... Other than that leave them alone and they last longer and are WAY less messy.
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  3. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    Not many choices in the poll. How about for example I don't (with no additional garbage about having someone else do it). Or maybe I don't, I let my chain oiler deal with it.
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  4. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    Whether I need it or not?
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  5. gmk999

    gmk999 ____ as a Rotax

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    I normally lube with Wax or silicone. but to clean I use spin off lube (the type for dirt bikes) and run a few hot miles on the highway. When i get back the thin shines like a diamond in a goats ass. A quick wipe down with a rag and back to the wax.

    I do tho use the carwash pressure washer to get the spun-off lube from my shock, fender and roller plate.

    BTW.. I have wasted a chain with a Pressure washer.. but i was being overly stupid with it on a cheap o ring chain.. It put a "bind"-section in the chain that was so bad the tire almost locked up when it got to the front sprocket.. I thought it was a wheel bearing .

    I sprayed so close that it split a section of 4-5 o-rings and then let it sit wet for a week before i lubed /rode again.
    I still have the piece of chain on my wall as a reminder.
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  6. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    On a warm chain rght after riding:

    Spray on Maxima chain wax on the section of exposed chain, then scrub/wipe off excess with a rag. Rotate rear wheel to move chain to new section, then rinse and repeat. I never really "clean" the chain; the wipe down with the rag pulls off most of the worse mess. Then I won't ride the bike until the wax has had several hours to set up.

    I got 22K out of my last chain with this method, and the chain could have gone longer. I only replaced it because it was getting noisy and starting to vibrate more -- it wasn't stretched to the limit and it had no stiff links.
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  7. bradluke0

    bradluke0 Been here awhile

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    Hi all ! We never clean our chains because they never get dirty . We are in the dry lube camp . Those sticky commercial chain lubes just collect dirt and make a nice grinding paste for your chain . We put brand new chains and sprockets on both our 450's about a year ago . We have adjusted the chains only once and that was only 2 points ( a third of one turn) .
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  8. henshao

    henshao Bained

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    I never clean my chain. It's on the inside.











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  9. PeterW

    PeterW Long timer

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    Wipe the dirt off now and then with a paper towel.

    Chain oiler, any dirt isn't hanging on that hard so a wipe does it.

    Pete
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  10. Twinz

    Twinz Been here awhile

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    Clean occasionally with kerosene on a rag. Mostly lube with my last can of DuPont teflon dry lube using a Grease Ninja to ensure the lube goes where I want it to go:
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  11. joexr

    joexr Banned

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    A belt just means you don't need a rope to hold your pants up.
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