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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 10-26-2012, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Chain cleaning.

The oil, grime and such has blackened my chain, how can I clean it and with what?
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I use WD-40, be careful to keep it from getting on your back tire.

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The best way to remove all the grime is to use a product called Araldite.

This is available from most hardware stores. Follow the instructions on the packet, and apply lots all over then chain. When it dries it will stick to the grime which will then easily fall away.

By far the best way, although a little smelly
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I put my rear end up on a stand, squirt some goo-gone on a rag and go to town spinning the tire and hold the rage on all sides of the chain. Comes out spotless! Followed by a good coating of chain lube (haven't formed a preference yet... I think I'm using Liquid Wrench Chain lube) and then I make sure to clean up the wheel afterwards. The goo-gone does WONDERS on built up lube and grime.
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Best product i ever used. This thing can be used all over the bike..

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wd40 or kerosene works great as well. Either one.
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post #10 of 31 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 04:22 PM
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NEVER seen a chain maker recommend WD40. I have seen and used kerosene.
'Motul' makes a aerosol cleaner for oring/xring chains. It is Safe for oring/xring chians.
This works well and is EZ to store.
Unlike a gallon jug of kerosene. Messey and smelly.
I also use a GRUNGE Brush to clean the chain. It is a 3-sided brush made to clean chains.
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The old wd40/kerosense argument has been going on for years. There is no data showing it harms anything. In fact we have had orings sitting in both to see what happens and after 6 months of some sitting in the fluid and some being dunked in then left out to dry and back in we see no change in any of the orings at all. All are still super flexible and appear fine. Many have used wd40 for years and years without any issues.

In our opinion it's like how to break in an motor or what oil is best. They all are the same in real world tests. Sure one mine prove to be 1% better or 2% better here and there under VERY specific/scientific tests, but under real world circumstances we have seen no data to show one better then another. But that doesn't mean it won't be argued on forums for as long as the net is around LOL.
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I use WD-40, be careful to keep it from getting on your back tire.

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Nothing's gonna happen if it gets on your tire... maybe Tokyo drift pt.2?
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post #15 of 31 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 06:55 PM
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The oil, grime and such has blackened my chain, how can I clean it and with what?
degrease-er and a chain brush
i use simple green and the Grunge Brush
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This stuff works great, just spray on and wipe off, give it a few seconds to work
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post #18 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-11-2015, 07:55 PM
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wd40 is great for cleaning the chain.. i dont like to run it solely to protect the chain so i use Maxima CHAIN WAX and clean/repeat every 800kms or so



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I clean and lube my chain with WD-40.

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post #20 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-12-2015, 01:45 PM
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I tried a bottle of the dupont chain cleaner at walmart. It works really well. Has a kerosene like scent. Id wear gloves as the smell lingers even after using hand cleaner. That and the grunge brush.

Tip....use a pc of cardboard behing the chain to keep eveeything off the tire.


I may pick up one of those chain drain kits.

Btw, the stock did chain on the 2015 is garbage. None of my chain lubes stop it from rusting and squeeking. After a 100 mile ride it sounds and looks like its been outside sitting for 3 years.
Its going in the trash in a few weeks.
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