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TRAIL BOSS

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Post chain maintenance
Always cleaned my chain by soaking it in petrol and using a paintbrush on it seems to work ok but is there a better way or product to get it clean dontknow any suggestions would be appreciated cheers :D


Mon 25 Jun, 2012 4:37 pm
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Post Re: chain maintenance
petrol could possibly damage the orings if its an o ring chain, i have always pressure washed my chain followed by compressed air followed by wd spray then more compressed air then chain lube! don't know if this is the proper method or not but got 4000km out of last chain icon_thumright


Mon 25 Jun, 2012 5:16 pm
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Post Re: chain maintenance
cleaning a chain....


i usely just ride the bike and wear the chain out so i get a new one. better then cleaning it...

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Mon 25 Jun, 2012 5:44 pm
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Post Re: chain maintenance
I agree with shane. Cleaning it in petrol, and brushing it, is just killing it with kindness. I used to clean my chains that way. But i have now learned the best way is to just leave the chain on the bike. Wash it with the chain on there. If you want use your pressure cleaner to clean the chain (Hold the jet away from the chain) while you spin the rear wheel around. And just use WD-40 to wet the chain down like you do with chain lube. And just leave it. Your chain can last a bit longer than cleaning it in solvents.


Mon 25 Jun, 2012 6:08 pm
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i dont even use wd or anything. i find that the dirt sticks to it more when riding in sandy places like beerwah and fraser all them places. if it's dry there's no chance of grit sticking to it which then would cause more wear on sprokets and the chain rollers it's self.
but whne not going to use it for a week or more i do spray it with inox to stop it rusting.

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Mon 25 Jun, 2012 6:13 pm
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Post Re: chain maintenance
Shane-O wrote:
i dont even use wd or anything. i find that the dirt sticks to it more when riding in sandy places like beerwah and fraser all them places. if it's dry there's no chance of grit sticking to it which then would cause more wear on sprokets and the chain rollers it's self.
but whne not going to use it for a week or more i do spray it with inox to stop it rusting.



Thats what i should of said. Ye" the wd-40 is just used to stop any surface rust forming, But with todays chains. Almost no sprays lubes or anything is needed to keep the chain alive, All of those O-ring or X-ring chains keep the grease in and the dirt out. icon_thumright


Mon 25 Jun, 2012 6:31 pm
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i spray chain lube on at end of ride. wash bike when i getr home (some times) and replace chain when it's stuffed.

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Mon 25 Jun, 2012 6:40 pm
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neva de grease a xring chaine there like oring but with extra ring and it is supposed to be greased up .. chaingang man told me just hose it off and take for run around block to dry , then re lube with chain oil ..

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Post Re: chain maintenance
Hori wrote:
neva de grease a xring chaine there like oring but with extra ring and it is supposed to be greased up .. chaingang man told me just hose it off and take for run around block to dry , then re lube with chain oil ..

Only thing you've ever done right ! Normaly something falls off or doesn't work for you crybaby2


Mon 25 Jun, 2012 7:00 pm
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Post Re: chain maintenance
I just wash mine then I get the air gun onto it, then I use a rag and wipe it down a bit then spray some chain oil on it.


Mon 25 Jun, 2012 7:03 pm
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Post Re: chain maintenance
I was once told kerosene is a good cleaner and bit of a lubricant as well.


Mon 25 Jun, 2012 7:07 pm
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Used to clean my chains in diesel and had some stuff called Duckams that we,d heat up on the stove and put the chain in(not o ring).
Couldnt be buggered doing that now,just degreaser and hit them with the gerni,WD40 and chain lube when it drys.

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Mon 25 Jun, 2012 7:28 pm
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Post Re: chain maintenance
Hori wrote:
neva de grease a xring chaine there like oring but with extra ring and it is supposed to be greased up .. chaingang man told me just hose it off and take for run around block to dry , then re lube with chain oil ..




X 2 thats what i do.


Mon 25 Jun, 2012 9:22 pm
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Post Re: chain maintenance
It is the same for road bike chains? or adventure bikes that see fire trails only?

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Mon 25 Jun, 2012 10:10 pm
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Post Re: chain maintenance
i just pressure clean mine. then with a paint brush clean it with kero. wipe it dry and then chain lube it

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