White Lithium Grease for Chains?

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  1. Jacl-Kampuchea

    Jacl-Kampuchea Booze Merchant

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    I used a tin of aerosol lithium grease by 3 in 1 on my last trip.

    The stuff is made specially for use on chain/cog/sprocket systems, if the can is to be believed.

    Thing is, I never saw any traces of it after half an hour on unsealed roads, and am thinking it's pretty shit. . . I normally use burnt engine oil.

    Opinions?
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  2. Jacl-Kampuchea

    Jacl-Kampuchea Booze Merchant

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    This stuff:

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  3. divimon2000

    divimon2000 Been here awhile

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    I may try it, not having any luck with the stuff I use.
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  4. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    I just use regular wheel bearing grease.
    I idle the bike and put it into second gear on the stand.
    Then just pump it on the inside of the chain.
    Works quite well, the chain still had grease on it after over 200 miles and looked well lubed.
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  5. elsalvadorklr

    elsalvadorklr southern xr rider

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    that white stuff flings off in seconds, just like the white powder "dry" stuff...it sucks

    I have used many things and your last sentence made me REALLY think

    I am recycling my old engine oil with little miles 500 or so on my xr600

    I want to use my old oil on my chain...

    whats your technique? do you soak the chains or just slap it on

    I used to for a while use SMOKE STOP or thick gear oil but it became quite tacky like foam filter oil, it worked though but atrracted too much crap...

    cheers:D
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  6. elsalvadorklr

    elsalvadorklr southern xr rider

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    I also was thinking about light grease too...like you its the inside you lube not the outside

    cheers
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  7. Jacl-Kampuchea

    Jacl-Kampuchea Booze Merchant

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    I use one of the pump action oil cans, like you may lube a door hinge with.

    I have a friend hold the back wheel off the ground on the stand and I apply it while spinning the wheel around and around. Flings off a little, but my bikes get filthy anyhow.
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  8. elsalvadorklr

    elsalvadorklr southern xr rider

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    thanks man

    got a race tomorrow wil try out the old oil method

    cheers:D
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  9. LittleRedToyota

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    my opinion:

    if you are running a sealed chain (o-ring, x-ring, etc.), all you are doing by putting grease or oil on it is making dirt stick to it which will probably wear it out faster.

    all the lube the chain will ever need is sealed inside it at the factory. putting lube on the outside does no good and can do harm by attracting and retaining dirt.

    spray it with WD-40 after washing to displace the water to prevent surface rust and call it good.

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  10. elsalvadorklr

    elsalvadorklr southern xr rider

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    I specifically use non oring chains, standard did roller, exra tensile strength, for one it has less rolling resistance and I buy in bulk and replace every 4-5 months or so

    keeps my sprockets nice...

    for orings your just have to wipe down and keep clean, you are right for oring xrings you do not under any circumstance want to put on any lube that will become tacky

    in fact no lube is a standard when riding on sand

    :D
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  11. Foot dragger

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    Or,you could use a chain wax built just for o-ring chains,engine oil on a chain is straight out of the mid 60's but what ever floats your boat. O-ring chains do indeed have grease injected in them but I have seen chains rust from the outside in if not lubed,the outer rollers and sprockets still like some good lube on them.
    WD-40 is a good water dispersant and works great on a chain after washing it,the water just sheds right off.
    I dont use much lube on dirt bike chains as it does mainly attract dirt.
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  12. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Is that really more cost and energy efficient then just using a nice quiet o-ring chain that lasts 20,000 miles or more? I dont think I would notice less rolling resistance on my 1200 Triumph. The rear sprocket on my 1200 still looked new after 20,000 miles,chain was fried though and everything gets replaced at once.
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  13. elsalvadorklr

    elsalvadorklr southern xr rider

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    it is

    at least for me down here, its a no brainer...why

    a good xring chains costs over $300

    did roller chains(straight out of the last century ajaja) cost $40 a chain....

    span that over a year...thats 3 chains a year or so...maybe 4....

    My last oring chain on my klr lasted all of 10k miles...just wd40 to keep it clean...it has to do I guess with where I ride...we ride sand, beaches, etc,,,

    no chain lasts 20k in those conditions unless you are just farting around...

    not trying to be "old school" it just works for me

    you are right on one poiny though...rolling resistance is not noted on a 100bhp bike, yes on a 40bhp bike ladden with mud, or crap etc...

    cheers

    P.S. one day I would just like a set and forget chain...but I do equal maintence to riding ratio so its a daily affair and costs me nothing...:D
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  14. Jacl-Kampuchea

    Jacl-Kampuchea Booze Merchant

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    Something my mechanic swears by is that o ring chains dry out in four or five months in this climate ( extremely hot and extremely humid).

    Then again he also swears by the white lithium grease and reckons it just changes colour. On that, I disagree, though he got 30k out of his last chain and sprocket.
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  15. shearboy2004

    shearboy2004 KIWIINUSA

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    Does anyone remember the big round tins off chain grease you could get many years ago before Oring chains ?

    We would take our chains off the bike and wash them in gasoline then coil it in the tin of grease then heat the whole thing on Mum's oven when she wasn't home , you would take it up to a simmer and it would really grease that chain so well.

    Then hook a wire to the hot chain and hang it above the tin so the excess would fall back in the tin.
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  16. JensEskildsen

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    I use motoroil in a handsoap-dispenser. Use it for my x-ring chain when commuting, try to not start a dirtride with a soaky greased chain.
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  17. mrphotoman

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    why not use real motorcycle chain oil it is cheap or even better the dupont teflon wax chain lube ($4.95) at walmart or lowes.

    Used motor oil is a known carcinogen btw.
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  18. elsalvadorklr

    elsalvadorklr southern xr rider

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    works great especially on bicycle chains that spin slower...

    a combination of wax and oil melted to a perfect consistency that seeps into the rollers and pins(where you need the lube) and then airdried

    in any case

    to each their own

    p,s, yeah dirty oil is a known carcinogen, so wear gloves!
    do you smoke?
    have you ever had second hand smoke?
    are you imune to carbon soot from cars in traffic?
    have you ever walked on a street where something was being burned like a barbacue?
    have you ever burned popcorn in the microwave and said a screw it?

    if you answer no to any of these you are pure...

    cheers dudes:D
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  19. sparkymcgee

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    I like the DuPont Multi Use or whatever it's called. Cheap and lasts a long time. Sort of does double duty on cleaning and lubing if the chain isn't too nasty.
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    Multi also comes in a squeeze bottle, which is convenient for traveling.

    Reviews are good, and I have used for 5 years. Have no evidence that it is better than what anyone else uses, but it's cheap and convenient, and as far as I can tell, effective.

    Review: http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/motorcycle-chain-lube/dupont-teflon-chain-saver/
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