I give up. Which chain oiler should I get?

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  1. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    The best life you ever got was when you lubed it occupationally with WD40. Sounds like an answer to me, lots of folks use it with success. Two things will kill a chain in short order. Make sure it isn't too tight and change the sprockets at the same time or the new chain will wear super fast. Too loose doesn't matter unless you get to the point where it will derail. Remember you are not really lubing the chain. It is sealed. Keep it clean and rust free and you are golden.


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  2. Skurj

    Skurj Adventurer

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    Anyone use the pro-oiler?
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  3. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    I have a universal kit Scotoiler. It's expensive though and I know you're a budget oriented rider. It works extremely well. I have over 20k on my current chain (I can give you the exact number this evening if you wish) on my VFR and I've had to adjust it ONCE. Thing still looks new.

    If you don't want to go the expensive route you can always get a Loobman.
    It's the same concept but you'll have to do the squeezing of the oil instead of it being dummy proof (vacuum operated).

    Believe me. Once you have a chain-oiler you'll laugh at all the other methods of chain lubrication. I don't care what anyone says about this or that product. Nothing compares to it.
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  4. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    Oh, and make sure you get STEEL sprockets when you replace what you have. Aluminum sprockets SUCK.
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  5. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    I've always used OEM steel sprockets and replaced with the chain...

    Chain lubers are expensive. Holy cow.

    I ordered a new chain and sprockets yesterday. Not sure yet if I'm going to go the route of an oiler. I'm leaning toward not doing it and just trying to figure out why I keep blowing through chains so quickly.

    Jamie
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  6. Skurj

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    Some of the claims for chain oilers might be an exageration but at up to 7 times the life out of a chain and sprockets... an oiler then looks a lot more reasonable. Even double the lifespan justifies the expense.
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  7. Powerslave

    Powerslave n00by tires that would be

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    Which chain did u go with? any idea who has the best prices? I need to order one mañana. Like the price for the vstrom pkg deal but not sure if I wanna go that route.
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  8. Jamie Z

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  9. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    I've heard the V-Strom package is excellent but the chain is ugly. :D


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  10. Powerslave

    Powerslave n00by tires that would be

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    Thanks - decent prices (better than what I had found). Gonna order form them.

    Going with rivet style but wondering if anyone carries extra "clip style" master on the road or is it worthless as most likely you need the tools to remove a buster master rivet link so might as well have extra link and tools and go that route...guess I just answered my own question...or not.? I know chances of chain failure are extremely low, but if your way out in the boonies.....

    Thx
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  11. Powerslave

    Powerslave n00by tires that would be

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    So it looks just perfect on the bike then eh? :rofl
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  12. Powerslave

    Powerslave n00by tires that would be

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  13. B.C.Biker

    B.C.Biker mighty fine

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    If you just want to try the oiler idea without parting with cash try a old hand soap dispenser. I've used it a few times on my KLR ( insert KLR owner joke here...) when I know I'm going to be clocking the miles on a long trip. I just zap strap it to the frame but maybe there is a good hiding spot on the Strom. The hose is cheap, any fuel line will work. I like the clear stuff.
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  14. stinkfinger

    stinkfinger Chickenfat dirtbiker

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    I think the best bet is;
    1-proper align/sprockets,
    2-spray chain with water hose(not powerwasher)while turning wheel to get out the dirt and sand during cleaning(this can take a while too as it just keeps coming out)
    3- lube, concentrating on the "inside" of chain (after water has dried)
    Centrifigul force is gonna push it to the "outside".

    Tony
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  15. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    Nice idea. Going to look into that.



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  16. Ramata

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    Someone in a Colombian forum, made an automatic oiler using a vacuum operated valve (maybe as the gas tank petcock) to allow oil to pass from a plastic container to some tubing to the rear sprocket. It seemed to me like a neat (cheap) idea at the time.
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  17. allonsye

    allonsye ("lets go!")

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    Right on:deal The Suzuki :clapMOM recommendation is too tight in my humble opinion. Peter has it right. The pressures when in operation put against a chain, sprocket, drive axle from too tight a chain has got to be in the thousands of lbs and drive wear up exponentially.
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  18. BluByU

    BluByU Been here awhile

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    Yep I have, best thing ever to prolong the life of a chain. Installed new DID X O ring chain new sprockets and Pro-Oiler kit on my old ZX11 went 30k miles before adjusting the chain (axel could come out for tire removal without messing with the adjusters) I ran Mobile 15w40 in the bike and in the Pro-Oiler.
    I later gave the ZX11 to a good friend in need of a bike.
    The current owner still has not adjusted the chain yet. The chain has lasted 55k miles YES THATS NOT A TYPO 55 THOUSAND MILES! (mostly highway miles)

    If I had a chained bike, you can bet money I would have a Pro-Oiler on it. :deal
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  19. boingk

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    1: Never lube the outside of a chain, always lube the inside.

    2: Lube frequently. Every 100 miles kinda frequently.

    3: Ensure the above by using a Tutoro chain oiler:

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    I've had this on my bike for around 1000 miles and haven't needed a chain adjustment since. Its a simple gravity feed system and you can use any sort of oil you like - I use regular 10W-40 engine oil as I run my bikes on it and always have some around. It mounts with clipties and you position the twin-headed oil feed like so on the rear sprocket:

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    Best part is that its also very cheap - less than $40 shipped. Check them out on eBay or tutorochainoiler.com

    Cheers - boingk

    PS: My uncle rides an FJR1300 and uses a chain oiler with DID chains. He got over 50,000km out of his last chain.
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  20. gn77b

    gn77b Been here awhile

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    I don't have any scientific reasoning for this but I would stop using teflon based lubes and switch to lubrication with transmission oil (using a brush or automatic). I'm beginning to think teflon lubes are the biggest fraud mankind has ever come up with.
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