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To use wd-40 or not, A question for the ages!?... - September 8, 2008, 12:28 PM

I just picked up a aerosol can of WD-40 from advanced auto parts... I was planning on using that for cleaning my chain, then using repsol lube...

After a lot of research (aka google) I found that there are many people out there who believe that WD-40 is bad for cleaning...and the reason given in most places is that it "damages" the o-rings...

I want to maintain my bike properly, so there aren't any major repairs or issues...so I just wanted to see what the folks at dcsbn reccomend...

IMO, they are all the same...then again, I haven't been riding for long



Btw...i couldn't find motul chain cleaners or other brands at advanced auto parts... does anyone know where I can find this stuff locally?

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September 8, 2008, 12:40 PM

Do not use WD-40 if you want your chain to last. Also when you use the chain lube make sure its is after a ride so your chain and o-rings are warm and they absorb the lube. I sometimes clean my chain with simple green and a good bristle brush.


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September 8, 2008, 12:48 PM

I've cleaned many-a-chain in my day with WD40 followed with chain lube and it has worked beautifully every time....but no matter what the product, there will always be naysayers
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September 8, 2008, 12:49 PM

Pour degreaser on a rag and then clean the chain with the rag. Do not spray degreaser all over the chain. You want to preserve the lubricant contained within the links that the o-rings help keep in. Besides, a greasey, dirty chain is not as bad as a dry, rusty one. Go too far, and cleanliness is next to worn-chainliness.


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September 8, 2008, 01:16 PM

I use this stuff for a lot of things, not a fan of wd40. it can be used to clean and lube plus unstick rusted bolts etc, good product

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My ghetto ass uses wd-40 and a rag then chain wax/lube. I learned from Eweezy and you've seen Eweezy bike they are super clean
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Do not use wd40. it dries out the O-rings leading to premature failure. Plain and simple. Use a cleaner for O-ring chains.
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Do not use your thumb, it makes things a bit more messy.


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Do not use your thumb, it makes things a bit more messy.
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I was told to use WD-40 on my chain, but only "because it was so rusty."
Whatever the case, I got 32,000 miles out of the chain and used WD-40 for a good, long while.
I'd use it again, for certain!

PS: if the old racers, SteveZX9, and BoomBoom929 recommend it, I'll use it!


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Um... "old racers" meaning "ex-racers!"





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September 8, 2008, 01:59 PM

Wd-40 is just fone or use NON-CHLORINANTED brake clean. After you finish cleaning use your choice of chain lube and make sure the chain is properly adjusted.

If you are having trouble finding products I have everything in stock here at Devil Dawg. Give me a call at 703.378.4115.


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September 8, 2008, 02:09 PM

Like tires and oil.....................you choose

Here is a place to start.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/motor...lubes-2008.htm




PS. I don't use their choice. I like PJ blue because it seems to inhibit rust better than some of the others I have tried.
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September 8, 2008, 03:18 PM

thanks for all the suggestions...i guess it all comes down to choice in the end...

ha...i didnt know devildawg was off of old lee..i dont live too far from there...do you guys have a actual store inside or is it just a tuning shop?
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