KLR Chain Lube

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  1. PoodlePumper

    PoodlePumper Custom Title User

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    I'm sure this has been covered...if so, sorry. I picked up a KLR last weekend and have ridden a little over 350 miles.

    What guidelines do you guys use for applying chain lubricant? What should I use? I've heard different things - such as only using WD-40, etc.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks,

    PP
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  2. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    hooo boy.

    Chain lube - this will be like a tire thread!

    Lots of opinions out there. For a dirt oriented bike NOT very many people use those continuous drip type "oilers" that some street riders put on their bikes. "Scottoiler" I believe (I don't have one).

    There is a little hand held brush and lube guide unit that some people use, you put the tube from the aerosol lub can in it and it supposedly puts the lube in the right places as well as brushes crap off the chain.

    But I think most just spray it on (and maybe make a bit of a mess doing it). Especially for an o-ring chain, warm up the chain with about 10 minutes of riding (or when its still warm as you return from a ride). Apply lube to the "inside" of the chain even though the "outside" is easier to reach, so that centrifigul force throws the lube "into" the chain, not out of it. (It won't hurt it to also lube the outside too if you can't resist, I know I do, just can't look at those "dry" links.)

    I think I'm using Maxima right now but there are many products. I do NOT like some of the very sticky road oriented ones that I think attract too much dirt off-road.
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  3. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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  4. Dagofast

    Dagofast Full giggety ahead.

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    That's the stuff I'm using! DuPont, the miracle people.
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  5. topes

    topes Banned

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    Use a real chain lube and never use WD-40. You CAN use WD-40 to clean the chain but you should lube after the cleaning with a real chain lube. When traveling, I lube every other gas fillup. My chains seem to last fairly well.
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  6. PoodlePumper

    PoodlePumper Custom Title User

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    Great - thanks all!

    PP
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  7. alyef

    alyef Bikeless

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    automatic chain oiler! It will save you money in the long run by having your chain last longer.
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  8. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    Whatever you do, don't use Honda, Suzuki or Yamaha chain lube.....it won't work on a Kawasaki.












    :D

    O.K., serious. It's far more important to keep up on chain maintenance/lubing than what brand of lube you use.
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  9. RGott

    RGott Old, Slow, Happy.

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  10. Johnny KLR

    Johnny KLR Woefully Adventurous

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    I like the wax based lubes; I'm currently using BelRey which seems to be working quite well. Wax based ones just tend to stay put better. I'll use whatever I can if needed though.


    On the WD-40 points, though, is that the rest of your bike loves this stuff. My engine is frequently coated in this to clean and protect; especially for winter riding.
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  11. DMZ

    DMZ Castor Bean Addict

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    I was winterizing the KLR and wanted to lube the chain. All I had around was some white grease (lithium) in a spray can. I gave the chain a good coat of that. The bike sat for around two weeks and the weather got nice so I took it out on a 50 mile highway run. When I got back I filled the tank and added some Seafoam. I was figuring to wipe the grease off the rear rim and tire, but when I look at it there was nothing to wipe. That stuff stuck to the chain better than the wax. Uhmmm....?
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  12. McD

    McD Nothing

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    FWIW I just changed my stock chain and sprockets at almost 22k miles. I've used WD40 almost exclusively since about 5k miles. The chain was stretched, but still had some life left.
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  13. Prairie Dog

    Prairie Dog Been here awhile

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    One of the most awesome and befitting "semi-auto chain-oilers" I have ever seen on a bike was on a KLR I saw up in Tennessee.

    The owner and tinker-extraordinaire had taken a hand soap dispenser - typically bought for about $2.00 - some clear plastic tubing and some tie wraps and fashioned this contraption up from that.

    Once a day, as you ride down the road, you reach down by your left knee and press the soap dispenser once. The 90w gear lube then drips on the chain and your worries are gone.

    I am in the process of making one for my KLR.
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  14. Sandflea

    Sandflea One Lump or Two?

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    90wt gear oil or PJ1 Blue Lable chain lube (for quality and convienence). 90wt gear oil is cheap and available everywhere, and it is what chain manufacturers recommend for lubing their chains. On "O" or "X" ring chains you are really lubing the sealing rings and not lubing the internal chain parts, unless it is shot. 90wt gear oil :thumb
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  15. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    And me - I HATE PJ1!!!
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  16. cdnabn49

    cdnabn49 Been here awhile

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    I use PJ1 :D and carry a small can on rides... I hate chain wax of any kind :puke1 ... what a freak'n pain to clean!
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