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Good Degreaser?

I need a good degreaser to clean the counter sprocket area on my bike. I use chain wax and need to clean this up so I can sort out the speedometer problem I'm having.

Anyone have any suggestions on one that won't eat the finish or damage the bike? I think Gunk is out and the Bicycle degreasers might work but might damage the finish as well. Not sure how well WD-40 will work on the wax build up.

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WD40 will work fine. As will Dawn dishwashing liquid, with some elbow grease and a toothbrush. Won't hurt a thing.

Dawn is an excellent degreaser, one of the best. Works well, won't harm most finishes or plastics.
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Diesel fuel is probably the cheapest and won't damage chain O-rings.
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I'll give the Goop a try followed by Dawn. Because I have both on hand and just a little bottle of WD-40 left.

I did go clean the VSS and checked the chain. The chain was very loose so I adjusted it and as I spun the wheel after I got it back on the pit stand I found there is a tight spot that was almost stopping the wheel. I had to loosen it and guess a chain and rear sprocket are needed now, I have a 16t front I haven't installed.

If it isn't one thing it's another.

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I like to use Mr. Clean and hot water.
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You can clean it with WD40 (lubes it as well).
also degreaser or even Kero (parafin) but you will need to dry then lube afterwards as it will affect lube on the chain.
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50/50 mix of Simple Green works pretty well, too. The old formula of Honda Polish really removes chain lube gunk. Original Bike Spirits is the polish that was the Honda Polish. Works great to clean off wheels, too. The whole bike, actually.
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This may sound like a joke, but it's not. I read on a forum hear about using a large dill pickle, cut in half. I tried it the last time I cleaned my chain, and it worked very well (the pickle didn't taste very good afterwards, but...) Seriously, do a search here or on Google. I think there's a video showing it. And it's the cheapest by far, because you can eat the rest of the jar if you're a pickle fan.
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This may sound like a joke, but it's not. I read on a forum hear about using a large dill pickle, cut in half. I tried it the last time I cleaned my chain, and it worked very well (the pickle didn't taste very good afterwards, but...) Seriously, do a search here or on Google. I think there's a video showing it. And it's the cheapest by far, because you can eat the rest of the jar if you're a pickle fan.
A banana will also work.
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What I use . . . but don't smoke!
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The Goop's doing the trick. Followed up with the Dawn things are getting cleaned up. The wax build up makes a big mess and I haven't pulled the sprocket cover to check or I'd know what was going on now it'll be a weekend job to get it ship shape.

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All great tips!

I will just add or comment, when I lived in the sticks (rural residence) the "general store" close to me had a pump out back for Kerosene. Kerosene was what farmers used to use for trying to loosen old rusty bolts and such (then they hit it with a torch the next day when it didn't work..), sort of a gateway drug that leads us to WD40.

Anyway, they had this pink tinted kind, cheap to buy, a gallon of it lasted me over a year, I offloaded some into spray bottles for chain and sprocket cleaning and swing arm detailing when you have the back wheel off (when I had a KLR).

I filled some Gatoraid bottles with some and gave to two of my KLR riding chums. They thought it was GATORAID.. (they don't have children) and they thought it smelled funny for a refreshing beverage.

When working with the smelly options, kero, gas, etc., ample layers of cardboard to catch the gravy that drips off is mandatory, to be able to walk the smelly part out of your shop after.

I also have used PINESOL straight and mixed with hot water, I read that on the KLR forum, smells nice too.
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Diesel fuel or kerosene both work very well.

Probably diesel, because I can siphon a quart out of the truck.
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Well stated.

I suck at syphoning.

Ruins the taste of your lunch later on...
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Well stated.

I suck at syphoning.

Ruins the taste of your lunch later on...
Nah, just get one of these. Squeeze the ball a couple of times and there you go.
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