How to look after the chain (offroad)

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  1. zedtours

    zedtours Been here awhile

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    There is a sand specific spray available,but I do not know how good it is? Putoline I think
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  2. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    I am building our mk2 extending chain guard for our SE as the factory guard is quite short, the tire throws everything straight down on the chain and forward to the engine, our mk1 guard was made of much shorter oil container, just today I located a bigger one which will be the better protector.

    Rather hoping that stopping firing at lease the heavier clumps on to the chain may increase its life and reduce the likelihood of a countershaft seal failure too.
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  3. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Good morning gents

    To assist with keeping 1, heavier crap off the chain and 2, keep Mayas bum a bit cleaner from shit flicking off the chain I built a couple of covers.

    Not quite BDCW or CJ's coul but it will hope slow stuff down a bit, the donor was a 20 L oil drum.

    The donor

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    The front guard

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    In place, it bolts through the top guide wheel at the front and front the subframe bolts at the rear so does not swing with the wheel

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    The rear, will hopefully drop the amount of greasy clumps that seem to fire vertically onto the bottom of the top box, I got covered the other day when I took the top box off and spend a hour cleaning it with dish detergent

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    Pics aren't that great but it is hard to make this stuff look coul :D
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  4. pfdskipper

    pfdskipper Westside Trash

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    Your chain appears to be a bit on the messy end of the scale?? Are you running the clip style master-link for a specific reason??

    Im no chain pro, just inquiring minds would like to know.
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  5. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    We had it lightly oiled and have been doing a number of backroads with lite powder bulldust here in Mexico, they are all clean again now.

    We also found some sticky clumpy stuff that was half the reason for the extra cover, it was like snowball kinda stuff that grew.

    Re the clip, we had to cut the chain down as the previous owner was running 16/52 so the chain was mile too long, not having the crimping gera we settled for teh clip, we have three spares.
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  6. Hay

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  7. Dustodust

    Dustodust Long timer

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    I use good hi tech lube after washing to keep the X rings happy but only after squirting the dirt off with water from the hose at household pressure.
    when the Xrings are happy , the pins are happy

    I avoid wd40 or simple green which could penetrate the x rings. Motor oil is going to do nothing but attract grit and work as cutting oil to speed wear but would be OK on a KLR or XRr . lubing a dirty X ring chain is just asking for premature wear

    I vote for lube that goes on thin and coagulates thick to keep the X-rings happy but only after cleaning

    when the sprocket starts to wear it s time to replace with a DID zvmx and stock sprockets
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  8. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    All good advice when you have a fixed abode, when on the road and in the likes of Mexico etc getting what you can to lube is good, cleaning and carrying cleaning stuff etc not so easy.

    We are lucky enough to be at places now and then to clean etc but everything is done with minimal space etc.

    Hopefully with the wheel not throwing stuff straight on the chain will help.
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