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Chain Cleaning

Read the post on WD-40 but was curious what method or process everyone uses to do the actual cleaning and lubing of the chain. I think I'm going to order one of those Grunge brushes. Thanks guys.

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I just spray WD40 and wipe with a rag. Every 500 miles. or after riding in the wet. Then apply chain lube of you choice. Best to lube the chain when warm
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http://www.amazon.com/Finish-Line-Grunge-Brush-Chain/dp/B000BS02LS/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1369005882&sr=8-4&keywords=chain+lube+motorcycle
http://www.amazon.com/DuPont-Motorcycle-Degreaser-Net-M00110101/dp/B003OBM5EQ/ref=pd_sim_sg_5
http://www.amazon.com/DuPont-Teflon-Chain-Saver-Lubricant-CS0110101/dp/B003OBP63S/ref=pd_sim_auto_1
I use the above products.

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Grunge Brush and a spray bottle with simple green works great. Don't forget to lube it after it dries...easy to forget.

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Pls read post #21 here: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...t=27794&page=2

Go easy with WD40! Brush is definitely OK, though.
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I bought the Grunge Brush and was disappointed. The bristles for the brush are made of a pretty hard plastic. Way harder than you need if you are cleaning and lubing your chain as often as you should be. As others have posted, a soft rag does a great job after the degreaser of your choice. Your going to want to use a soft rag after the Grunge Brush anyway, so you might as well just eliminate an unnecessary step.


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Stupid question about using a rag to wipe off the chain. Would paper towels work? I would hate or ruin, or get all nasty a rag every time I clean my chain. I bought the grunge brush, cleaner and lube at my local cycle gear, but I might try to WD 40 trick when I run out of cleaner. I think the brush is kind of a waste. Don't think it cleans all that well
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I just spray WD40 and wipe with a rag. Every 500 miles. or after riding in the wet. Then apply chain lube of you choice. Best to lube the chain when warm
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I bought the Grunge Brush and was disappointed. The bristles for the brush are made of a pretty hard plastic. Way harder than you need if you are cleaning and lubing your chain as often as you should be. As others have posted, a soft rag does a great job after the degreaser of your choice. Your going to want to use a soft rag after the Grunge Brush anyway, so you might as well just eliminate an unnecessary step.
Threw my "Grunge Brush" away for the same reason!

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Stupid question about using a rag to wipe off the chain. Would paper towels work? I would hate or ruin, or get all nasty a rag every time I clean my chain. I bought the grunge brush, cleaner and lube at my local cycle gear, but I might try to WD 40 trick when I run out of cleaner. I think the brush is kind of a waste. Don't think it cleans all that well
I think paper towels will 'disintegrate' PDQ. I use a rag, and re-use it till it's REALLY grungy.

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I find the grunge brush or similar works well on a dry chain to get rid of the grit and crud. Then wet the chain with cleaner/WD40 and switch to a rag.
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I have used maxima chain cleaner/wax and found it junked up and got dirty to fast

I have used wd40 and it worked pretty good.

Currently i'm using diluted simple green 30:1 to clean and then 75w90 gear oil to lube. I always lube after it rains on the bike. I find gear oil stays on the rollers, doesn't get gunked up, it seems to make the chain cleaner over time from flinging off any dirt. I do however lube AT LEAST once per week.

I haven't been using my grunge brush since I snapped the last one in have but after running gear oil for a month or so it doesn't appear to have any grunge to brush off.

I think in the future I will try to brush the gear oil in with a tooth brush or something similar. I have drips from over oiling.
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Stupid question about using a rag to wipe off the chain. Would paper towels work? I would hate or ruin, or get all nasty a rag every time I clean my chain. I bought the grunge brush, cleaner and lube at my local cycle gear, but I might try to WD 40 trick when I run out of cleaner. I think the brush is kind of a waste. Don't think it cleans all that well
I use lint free paint rags, buy the dozen cheap at Home Depot. Work great and NO lint or bits come off on the chain. Even heavy shop paper towels would be chewed up fast by the chain.

Lots of WD-40 and wiping to clean, Bel-Ray to lube.

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Using a rag to wipe away excess oil. Using the scottoiler with gear 80W-90 oil.

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Stupid question about using a rag to wipe off the chain. Would paper towels work? I would hate or ruin, or get all nasty a rag every time I clean my chain. I bought the grunge brush, cleaner and lube at my local cycle gear, but I might try to WD 40 trick when I run out of cleaner. I think the brush is kind of a waste. Don't think it cleans all that well
I buy a pack of white rags at the store for this, cost a couple of bucks for 6 of them. Paper towels make a huge mess as they fall apart and the nice blue one cost more the the white rags.

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I cut up old tee shirts for rags, we always seem to have enough of those on hand. They are pretty much lint free since they've been washed and worn so many times. You can buy them at the thrift store for 99 cents each, makes quite a few rags. Yes, I'm cheap!

Same process as many others: WD to clean, if I've been in mud/dirt I use the grunge brush for the heavy stuff, then a rag. Then lube, wiping off the excess if I don't get the whole spin/spray ratio quite right, which is about every time.

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I think the brush cleaning may have prematurely ruined chains for me, pushing dirt into the O/X-ring seals.

I got 18k miles from current chain, commuting rain or shine, and it's outside all day when I'm at the office. Again rain or shine. Though the last year wasn't too wet. Never manually cleaned or lubed the chain at all. I did use an automatic chain oiler though.
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I use lint free paint rags, buy the dozen cheap at Home Depot. Work great and NO lint or bits come off on the chain.
+1. These rags work great.

For cleaning, I tend to just use the Maxima Chain Wax. Put a little bit on, wipe with a rag to get the dirt off, then apply a light coat of wax. If there's chunks stuck on the chain for some reason, I'll use the Grunge brush prior to wiping with the rag.

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Blue paper shop towels and WD40 to clean then lube with chain lube.

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