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What chain lube/wax to use? - July 12, 2014, 02:30 PM

Any opinions on chain wax or lube. Should I be looking for one that Contains PTFE? Some people are saying it's good.
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You will find 50 different recommendations from 50 different people.

I use 80-90W gear oil. Always have and my chain/sprockets are usually good for nearly 30000 miles over my past 15 bikes.

As long as you use some lube and clean every 400-600 miles I don't think it matters to much.
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Super secret factory Suzuki chain lube....aka. WD-40


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July 14, 2014, 08:06 AM

Repsol chain clean. Bel Ray Chain lube.

I've read using kerosene to clean chains works well. I've never done it.


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July 14, 2014, 08:08 AM

I would stay away from using wd40. It is not formulated as a lube. It stands for water displacement and has been known to dry out o-rings in modern o-ring motorcycle chains. My 2 cans of cleaner and lube cost like 15 bucks and I've had them for like 2 years. Do a clean and lube while it's warm about once a month or so.

edit: When I say "while it's warm" I meant the chain itself. After a ride the chain is warmed up and cleaning and lubing it penetrates the o-rings better when it's warmed up.

wd-40 is way to light and also evaporates. As I said above it's original formulated purpose was water and moisture displacement


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I would stay away from using wd40. It is not formulated as a lube. It stands for water displacement and has been known to dry out o-rings in modern o-ring motorcycle chains. My 2 cans of cleaner and lube cost like 15 bucks and I've had them for like 2 years. Do a clean and lube while it's warm about once a month or so.
^ This. WD-40 isn't the best to use for that very reason. Any brand true chain cleaner/lube will work just fine. If you have a really bad chain you are trying to bring back to life soaking it in gear oil or something similar works great.


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I use Original Bike Spirits Chain lube. Its been one of the best I have ever used. It literally does not fling off.

Clean the chain with gas and rag then ride for about 5 min to get it warm...come back throw this on and I am golden. Love the stuff.

It has now be replaced with their newer model spray but still can be found.



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I've seen recommendations to clean a chain with kerosene in a few owner's manuals then using whatever o-ring lube you want. Main differences are in how much they fling I think. Gasoline seems like a bad idea (never tried it though). WD40 isn't a lubricant.


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I've seen recommendations to clean a chain with kerosene in a few owner's manuals then using whatever o-ring lube you want. Main differences are in how much they fling I think. Gasoline seems like a bad idea (never tried it though). WD40 isn't a lubricant.

By gasoline, I meant kerosene. My bad


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i got over 20k out of my last chain. great cleaner as well. use it every 500 miles.
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i use the dupont teflon lube and my fz1 oem chain lasted 40k+ with it. i may have gotten as many miles just cleaning with wd40 or lubing with gear oil, but in my experience this can works for me so i stick with it.



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i use the dupont teflon lube and my fz1 oem chain lasted 40k+ with it. i may have gotten as many miles just cleaning with wd40 or lubing with gear oil, but in my experience this can works for me so i stick with it.

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And you can buy both WD40 and this DuPont lube cheaply at Lowes (rather than mail order or at some pricey bike shop)
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i got over 20k out of my last chain. great cleaner as well. use it every 500 miles.


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