Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: New West / Vancouver, BC, or yo' mommas house
Motorcycle: K4 1000
Re: chain lube
The #1 enemy of a chain is water. When water gets past the o-rings, it causes rust on the inside of the pins and rollers in your chain, and you get those nasty kinked sections.
The gear oil idea does work, but it is pretty messy. The big problem with oil and chain wax is that dirt sticks to them and keeps building up. If you have white wheels I cannot imagine how dirty the rear wheel would look using gear oil on your chain.
The two priorities in lubing / maintaining with a chain are:
1. Keeping water out
2. Using an external lubricant that dirt does not readily stick to.
A growing # of riders in my area (including myself) are doing the following with great mileage and longevity results. This method requires the use of two cheap and very readily available products. WD-40 and DuPont teflon spray.
Do the following with the engine off, bike in neutral on centre stand.
WD-40 is o-ring safe and actually recommended by several chain manufacturers as a cleaning aid. WD-40 is an excellent solvent and as it's name implies (WD= Water Displacement) it displaces, or drives water out of the chain, preventing rust.
Spray the chain with WD-40 (wet but not dripping / sopping). Wipe with a rag until dry, try to work the rag in between the link plates as well. The first cleaning you may have to use a toothbrush and WD-40 very liberally if the chain is really dirty.
After drying the WD-40 as best you can in a reasonable amount of time, spray the DuPont teflon spray on your chain. Take care to not get it on your tire. This method gives very little (if any) fling so it's easy to clean up after.
The two best chain lubes our local riders have found are DuPont teflon spray and another brand I can't remember that is a molybdenum spray. Road grime and dirt will not readily stick to teflon or molybdenum.
good luck everyone
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Last edited by mr_roboteye; 12-03-2009 at 01:32 AM.