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What Chain Cleaner and Chain Lube to use?

Discussion in 'Scrambler Talk' started by Hawkeye, May 8, 2017.

  1. Hawkeye

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    Hi everyone:

    So my Scrambler is my first chain driven bike. I've owned a BMW for the past 14 years so I know shaft drive maintenance, but not chain drive. I know I've got to clean and lube the chain, and I've got a pretty good idea of how often and generally how to do it, but I have no idea what products are good and which ones are crap snake oil.

    So, any advice? What do you all use for cleaning and lubing the chain? What's a good lube that won't fling off all over the place?
     
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    I've had the best luck with Chain Wax
     
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    The best lube tested by me so far is JMC Kettenspray "Topsynth". The best cleaner: JMC KETTEN REINIGER. I also used various Motul lubes (each one either too greasy, too tar-like) and Yamalube Chain Cleaner (cleaning gel, must be water rinsed after use).
     
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    I just use small amounts of WD40 to clean the chain and Castrol dry 'Racing Lube' and my chain has remained nice and healthy.
    I've used various different combo's before and this seems to work the best.

    I try to clean and lube every 350-400 miles now I don't ride in bad weather. When I was commuting in winter, it was every weekend.

    Got lazy with the Scrambler chain and ruined it. So I've got a nice shiny DID gold link one on now. It's given me a bigger incentive to look after it.
     
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    Hello

    Best solution : a Tutoro Oiler.
    Your chain is permanently oiled, no need to clean it and it lasts longer.
     
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    Surely you'd still need to clean it periodically? Dirt and grime is what really kills them.
     
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    I've got one of those 3 sided brushes that you can slot around the chain links after soaking it in WD or paraffin - works a treat.

    I use chain wax which I haven't had an issue with but I would advise you try not to spray it on anything but the chain. It won't do any harm but I did a 'really good job' of cleaning my chain a good while ago then had to spend another hour cleaning the wax of the back wheel. Once it sets it's a bit of a bugger :oops:

    One of these...

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    Max Kool Active Member

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    I had the same with grease flinging off a brand new EK chain.

    Sticks to the tire really good (too good)
     
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    I've used Scot-oiler for years and think they're fantastic especially as they have a small bottle available now too.
    Next time round I'm going to try the Tutoro Oiler as they don't even need a vacuum fitted.
    I suppose any of this type of product is the best for the chain, and no mess on the wheel/tyre when set correctly.
     
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    I thought oilers were only really recommended for old 'unsealed' chains?
     
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    No, they work wonders on O ring chains (too). Besides, when was the last time you saw a motorcycle with a non O ring chain?
     
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    Mmmmmm, probably giving my age away a bit too much there ;)
     
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