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Old 01-19-2013, 07:32 AM   #16
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:14 AM   #17
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just a point of reference. I just replace my chain at 30k miles. the O ring on one link failed and that one link wore badly( ie stretch almost 1/8 inch) so I had to replace the whole chain. I did replace the front sprocket...it was slightly worn...did not need to but it was cheap and easy.

Looking at the comments here, I do much LESS maintenance....lube about every 1000 miles, clean much less frequently.

why I think this is ok and seems to have worked

there are two wear/lube point on the chain
1) the contact between roller and sprocket,
This is the one every one sees, over lubes...build up dirt and dust. using a Scott oil in my mind is installing a dust and dirt magnet...dumb. Using a limited amount of Wax based oil do reduce this wear....using heavy oil just makes everything dirty
2) the more important between the pins internal to the rollers and the side plates of the chain. It is these second, more important that are lubed at the factory and the lube is kept in place by the O ring (or X rings). It is important that these O/X rings are not damaged and the factory oil does not leak out.

Protecting the O rings.....No harsh brushing, No pressure washing No solvents like WD40 to dilute and flush out the factory lube behind the O rings...you get the idea

Using a lubricant like the dupont teflon helps the O rings stay healthy.

Just my 2 cents
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:00 PM   #18
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I have the same bike. If I bother with chain maintenance at all I soak a rag with WD40 for cleaning, then use this for lube...



Mine gets the treatment every 1000 miles or so, probably step that up a bit as I intend to spend more time in the dirt.
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:18 PM   #19
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I have the same bike. If I bother with chain maintenance at all I soak a rag with WD40 for cleaning, then use this for lube...



Mine gets the treatment every 1000 miles or so, probably step that up a bit as I intend to spend more time in the dirt.
You should try the Dupont chain cleaner. It is compatible with Dupont lubes. I have no use for WD-40 other than for making things rust! GH
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:12 PM   #20
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You should try the Dupont chain cleaner. It is compatible with Dupont lubes. I have no use for WD-40 other than for making things rust! GH
Never had a rust issue. Use it to clean the crud from my wheels too, works great.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:46 PM   #21
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Screw it!

Just do like the final drive crowd does...........ignore it till it busts, then whine to your dealer about getting it fixed under warranty!
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:58 PM   #22
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I never actually bothered with it much, but I have recently started covering them in mud. It gets really dirty, really fast!
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:09 PM   #23
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I Oil My Guns in Church, just to save on the hassle. But I clean my chain every 1000 or more if it looks grungy. I then do a light spray of chain wax. Chain life also depends on the environment you are `riding in too. remember your milage may vary.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:58 AM   #24
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What about This? I am sure there has been plenty of discussion, but this is what I am considering. I notice if I don't maintain my chain frequently it creates a lot more drag and heat.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:35 AM   #25
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What about This? I am sure there has been plenty of discussion, but this is what I am considering. I notice if I don't maintain my chain frequently it creates a lot more drag and heat.
One more thing to maintain and if you don't notice it's empty or has quit working you have an unmaintained chain.
I like the idea of visually checking the chain daily.
So at the end of each day's ride while the chain is still warm I spray with PJ1 Blue Lable.
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...hain-Lube.aspx
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:03 AM   #26
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One more thing to maintain and if you don't notice it's empty or has quit working you have an unmaintained chain.
I like the idea of visually checking the chain daily.
So at the end of each day's ride while the chain is still warm I spray with PJ1 Blue Lable.
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...hain-Lube.aspx
I would still visually inspect and clean my chain if I had the auto oiler. Just wondering how it holds up in off road riding.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:18 AM   #27
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I ran across this video showing the DuPont vs another chain lube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ukigr...e_gdata_player
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:24 AM   #28
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This is the DuPont chain saver product. I've been using the dupont Multi use spray but will definitely try this out if I can find it.
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