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Old 06-27-2014, 05:58 AM   #1
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how do you keep your rubber parts happy?

What do you put on your rubbers to keep them happy? I'm talking rubber fork protectors, final drive stuff.
On my sportsbike I actually lubricate it with a little wd40 and the stuff has been like new for years I''ve got a bmw R80GS and not sure if I should apply the same "wisdom"...
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Old 06-27-2014, 08:27 AM   #2
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Depends on the rubber bits but on a lot of it I occasionally giv'em a spritz with silicone spray. Won't restore, rejuvenate old rubber but "seems" to help with UV protection and keeping it from drying out/cracking as fast. Not saying it actually does help but seems to. Been using it for decades on old car door weather stripping. In any case silicone won't hurt rubber where as petroleum based lubes will.
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:18 AM   #3
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Aerospace 303 Protectant, seems to actually help the rubber
http://www.amazon.com/303-Products-30350-Aerospace-Protectant/dp/B000XBCURW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403885663&sr=8-1&keywords=aerospace+303



Also used to use Gummi Pflege on my old Porsches with good results
http://www.amazon.com/einszett-914806-Gummi-Pflege-Rubber/dp/B004B8GTQG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403885818&sr=8-1&keywords=gummi+pflege+stick
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:06 AM   #4
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303 Protectant
NEVER Armour-All.
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:07 PM   #5
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303 is good


not the same exact thing, but I have rejuvenated hardened rubber with wintergreen oil.... no shit. something I read about a few years ago. wintergreen has a plasticizer in it that softens hard rubber. 2 years ago I soaked some 30 year old intake boots that were as hard as rock.... I checked the test piece a few days ago... still soft (the 2 pieces I used are still soft & working too). I have used it mixed with toluene and straight. the tol makes it work faster & penetrate deeper. I used the oil alone on a diaphragm, applied with a Q tip. put on enough to wet & let it soak in. repeated several times over a couple days & it quit soaking in. so I called it good. stiff as cardboard diaphragm turned to liked new flexie. also, it turns out that guys racing go-carts have a similar mix they use to soften the tires for grip... something made commercial but I don't remember the name. I got the wintergreen from a health food store, it's also used in sports medicine.
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Old 06-28-2014, 05:33 AM   #6
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The old fashioned approach is to rub glycerine on rubber parts. Silicone if no later painting concerns of nearby areas. Some tire mounting fluids seem to be good for rejuvenation.
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:31 AM   #7
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Buy "Red rubber grease" on ebay. Big can (500gr) of Miller's shipped to Canada from the UK was less than $20.00.I am good for 20 years even giving samples away to the ones not familiar with "rubber greases".

Specs are pretty good:

http://www.redrubbergrease.com/
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:36 AM   #8
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cool. Coudn´t find any of the products suggested but I got some silicon spraywhich I will apply with caution
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:29 AM   #9
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If you use silicone spray

Silicone spray should be "Food grade". It'll say it on the can. Some of the others have unnecessary propellants not good for rubber. You can find 303 or proper silicone at water sports places.
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