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whats the best to use for cleaning an o-ring chain, and where to buy?
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From what I understand, you want to use a mild solvent, but not something that penetrates very well. If the stuff penetrates past the O rings it can dilute and even remove the lubricant that is being held in by the rings. I use WD40 or something similar to basically rinse away the grit and dirt on the surface of the chain. I spray it on pretty heavy and will sometimes use a brush for greater effect. Then wipe it off with a rag. I'm sure you will get lots of opinions on this question but that's what I do.

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That has been a very hotly debated subject. I use the Dupont Teflon spray that you can get at Home Depot. It seems to take the grime off and then dries...seems to work a lot like WD40. I think as long as you get the dirt and grime off with something that doesn't damage the O-rings and keep it lubricated most anything will do the job.

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WD 40 to clean, then pick your poison for chain lube.

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service manual states use keroene or diesel oil to clean a o ring chain page 2 27 ride safe
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Using diesel oil. Then use my prefered chain lub spray.
Doing this only if chain pretty dirty. Have scottoiler, so don't have too spray lub always.

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2 tasks you're trying to accomplish: 1st clean, then 2nd lubricate. I like to use some degreaser (simple green, etc) in a spray bottle and a grunge brush to clean the chain, then rinse with a 2nd spray bottle of water. Wipe dry and then lube. I use the DuPont Teflon spray, goes on with little overspray and dries quickly with no fling off.

Check out this page on WebBikeWorld regarding several lubes and the grunge brush. There are also links to other pertinent articles on the page. HTH!
http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/motorcycle-chain-lube/
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Thanks for the feedback. I am going to use diesel fuel to clean and Dupont Teflon spray to lube.
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Teflon spray is a miracle lube for chains, in my opinion. Only bad thing about it -- you can't see where you spray it. I wish it wasn't clear.
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This is the stuff I am using and it foams when I spray it on and then dries clear.
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WD40 - available EVERYWHERE!
The original chain on my '04 KLR (30,000 miles and counting...) has been cleaned/lubed with WD40 ONLY and is still WELL within specs!

I'm doing likewise with my V's chain (8,150 miles and counting...)!

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whats the best to use for cleaning an o-ring chain, and where to buy?
Kerosene; its what the chain manufactures tell you to use and readily available everywhere,I have used it for years with great success

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Toothbrush and kerosene, then W/D to rinse. I use mild detergent after that, with a clean toothbrush. Rinse with water. Ride around the block to warm it up, then spray with chain lube of your choice. A little time consuming, but I live in the desert. My chain gets this kind of care every 2500 miles or so, spray lube in between for rain, etc.
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I tried a few gas stations and they didn't have kerosene, (odd?) I will try an Oil company next.........
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wannarunner try walmart they sell kerosene by the quart in the camping section
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Isn't Coleman stove fuel kerosene?

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sharrison56 i think and iam just thinkin coleman stove fuel is what they called white gas . the stuff iam talking about is used in the old timey laterns with a wick .it comes in a blue plastic bottle at wally world . ride safe
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Yep...I remembered that I have a red can of Coleman fuel and it is special gasoline. I used to have a kerosene heater and I had a gallon container of kerosene.

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This is the stuff I am using and it foams when I spray it on and then dries clear.

I picked up 6 cans (blue) at Lowes.
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I'm headed to Wal-mart today to hunt for the Kerosene, what do you folks recomend to clean the road crud off the Aluminum swingarm and rims, Simple Green?

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