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View Results: How do you clean your chain?
Leave it on the bike 76 87.36%
Remove it from the bike 2 2.30%
I ride an expensive import and let the mechanic clean it while I ask for Grey Poupon 9 10.34%
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:17 PM   #1
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:19 PM   #2
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:21 PM   #3
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...like an idiot...

Or at least I used to.
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:39 PM   #4
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Hit it with the pressure washer, with the engine running, trans in gear, bike on a stand, while washing bike. I clean it when I clean the bike. Really why clean a chain other than just vanity? The pivot points are lubed and sealed, so dirt ain't getting in there. Dirt never stays on the rollers where they meet the sprocket, note how they are always clean and shiny even on a dirty chain. So what are we cleaning? The side plates, so what will that hurt, if they're dirty?
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:51 PM   #5
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I just lube mine when the rollers look shiny and wipe it with a rag. A pressure washer can force water thru the O-rings.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:27 PM   #6
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A pressure washer can force water thru the O-rings.
If you point it at the O-rings and not the side plates.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:32 PM   #7
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And what do you think happens when the water hits the inner sideplates between the outer? It still < hits > the O-rings at pressure.
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:23 PM   #8
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And what do you think happens when the water hits the inner sideplates between the outer? It still < hits > the O-rings at pressure.
I think it is at such a reduced pressure and at such an angle that it does not go past the o rings. All I know is I've been doing it for years and have not had a premature failure with a chain. I'm not saying it can't happen but that's the way I wash mine, and that's what the OP ask. Do you personally know of anyone that ruined a chain with a pressure washer? Me either.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:10 PM   #9
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I picked up a tip in another forum and now use a pesticide sprayer (the kind with a pump handle to pressurize the entire container) with kerosene in it and then use the spray from the wand to wash the dirt from the chain as I rotate the rear wheel, taking care to wash out the interface between chain and sprocket. The kerosene will not attack the o-rings and the pressure is low enough that it will not force kerosene past them and risk washing out the lube on the links.

The down side is that it can be very messy and you want to keep the kerosene off your tire and brake rotor and pads. Also, disposing of dirty kerosene is a bit of problem so... reuse it! Most of the particulate contaminant will settle out if you pour it into a container (I use blue plastic container made for the stuff) and wait until the next chaining cleaning to pour it out. You don't need it to be as clean for washing chains as you would for burning it in a kerosene lamp inside your house.

Oh, and it works great for taking off chain wax.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:43 PM   #10
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I dont.I do not use commercial chain lube anymore.2 years ago I did rebuild/upgrade job on my plated xr650r.I used Ironman sprockets and a RK x-ring chain.I have been using only triflon or dupont dry film lube only.Chain is clean and all parts look good with 7k of on-off road use.The grit that the chain lube attracts is bad for the chain.If I had to clean a chain I would use wd-40 or kerosene on a rag.I started using triflon on my street bike chain and its clean now.
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:58 AM   #11
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Take the rear wheel off and then through a bath of kero. Its quicker in the long run.
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:03 AM   #12
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What is this "clean your chain" you speak of?

Seriously, the last time I cleaned a chain was in the old pre o ring days. Nowadays, I spray it with lube when I fill the tank (center stands rock) and ride the thing. Chains always still last longer than advertised.
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:04 AM   #13
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I think that you are going to get different answers on this forum than you would a sportsbike forum
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:26 AM   #14
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Kerosene and then wipe it off.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:14 AM   #15
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I recently cleaned and lubed the chain on my XR400 for the first time.

Took it out in the sandy Pine Barrens and it quickly started to ssssttttttrrrreeeetttccchhh.

Picked up new chain, sprockets and rollers yesterday.

Interested in hearing more evidence for the "no cleaning" theory.
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