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Old 01-10-2012, 01:54 AM   #76
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whoa i just red about the test using wd-40. a lot of my friend told me that wd-40 is good for cleaning, but since it's a penetrant, they told me that is not good using it for lubricating chain. a chain lube is better
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:29 AM   #77
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interesting. Thanks for the experiment
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:30 AM   #78
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Nice work. But what about olive oil???
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:10 PM   #79
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Very very nice work thank you..
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:46 AM   #80
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:33 AM   #81
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wd-40 is the difference between silicon and silicon-free?
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:43 AM   #82
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Awsome thread!
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:24 AM   #83
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Great research work.

Scientific and detailed. Thanks for this. Cheers.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:46 AM   #84
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Ok, actually, this is cool. Thanks for running the experiment. Sample size is a little small... (I'm a qual. eng! ha ha)

I also still do not run WD-40 on my chains, cleaning or otherwise. I use a chain cleaner and yamalube. The WD in WD-40 stands for 'water displacement', as the initial intent was to prevent rust. It's a great cleaner and solvent, and so it will dissolve the lube that's already held in place by the o-rings. But it's good to see that perhaps a light application (like on a rag?) might be a nice way to clean up surface crud on the chain.

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Old 06-29-2012, 09:38 AM   #85
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Do a little Googling and you'll find lots of riders use nothing on their o-ring chains but WD-40 and report excellent results. Here's one good write up about it.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:38 AM   #86
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Old 06-30-2012, 05:45 PM   #88
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Will this thread ever die?
Not if I can help it And I just did. Maybe I should put a google reminder in for 2018 or so... come back and poke it again.

But, on a more serious note, I was thinking about doing some regular winter chain maintenance... somehow getting the water out from behind the O-rings and getting grease back in. Maybe something like pulling the chain (I use master links, so no big deal) and putting in in a big can of grease, then heating the grease up until it flows... maybe make it a pressure vessel and use vacuum while it's hot and then pressure as it cools. Maybe cycle a couple of times.

But, you know, I ride a KLR. I've maybe put 3 chains on the bike in 20 years. Besides that, I don't do winter maintenance. So, screw it, blast it with WD-40, wipe it off, spray on whatever can of chain lube I happen to have, and then go for a ride. $200 for chain and sprockets every 10-20K... not worth the hassle to think about. Of course, that $200 was for the last set... and it seems that was an entire chain-life ago.

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Old 06-30-2012, 06:57 PM   #89
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I read EVERYthing I can on chain maintenance and no matter what I do short of lubing every 50 miles ( thats a round trip for me everyday ) I can only get about 10-12,000 miles out of a chain on my DL1000 !!!!.I ride in rain atleast 150-200 days a year and try to lube it once a week but I have to adjust it atleast once a month !!.


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Old 06-30-2012, 08:00 PM   #90
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...I can only get about 10-12,000 miles out of a chain on my DL1000 !!!!
You're getting pretty much what I am right now (km to miles conversion going on here). You just ride more. If you're not concerned with the mess, you might want to try one of those Scott-type oilers. Just a constant dribble of motor oil... suppose to be best overall for the high-mileage folk. Keeping the thread on track... you can use WD40 to clean up the mess

If you're not into the mess, you could swap that 1000cc engine out for some 80cc scooter plant, I can pretty much guarantee your chain will last much, much longer of course, so will your commutes.

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