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Jan 26th 2016, 01:48 AM   #1
 Pigs's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland

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Question Should you lube your chain more often in the rain?

It rains here in the pnw region a lot(if you haven't already noticed) and a question I haven't been able to find much information about is should the chain be lubed more often when you ride frequently in the rain? I currently lube/clean mine anywhere between 300-500 miles.
Jan 26th 2016, 05:03 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

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i use WD40 and spray and wipe every few hundred miles or if ive been out in a really bad down poor, as for the normal god pissing on your head we get around here (light drizzles) i dont really worry about it ,there being litle to no water getting and staying on the chain
Jan 26th 2016, 05:21 AM   #3
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I'm a HUGE fan of the Pro Oiler
And yes, you should be lubing your chain a little more during the wet.
I use white lithium spray on grease. It' what the chain mfg's use. That's good enough for me
Sticks well and lubes well.
Jan 26th 2016, 05:24 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Lake Stevens, WA

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OP I think your fine at 300 - 500 mile intervals. Unless you get stuck in a downpour or ride through big puddles. Then you might want to re-lube.

Use a good lube product. WD-40 isn't really made for protecting motorcycle chains inner workings (o-ring / x-ring etc.). You can use WD to clean the grime off your chain but then you should clean it off and use some sort of product made for motorcycle chains to ensure you get the best life out of your chain. I'm not a fan of the wax products because they make a mess. I prefer PJ1 blue label.
Jan 26th 2016, 05:54 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

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Originally Posted by Diedrix
Use a good lube product. WD-40 isn't really made for protecting motorcycle chains inner workings (o-ring / x-ring etc.).
i beg to disagree, tho a big part is were and how you ride as well as how often you care for your chain
http://www.watt-man.com/uploads/WD40experiment.pdf

--> 56K miles agrees----> Changing my ORIGINAL chain and rear sprocket - Kawasaki Versys Forum

but i also should add that i clean with normal wd40 and then give a lite coat of the lithium wd40 shit

Edited by SilvieFox on Jan 26th 2016 at 08:26 AM
Jan 26th 2016, 06:21 AM   #6
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This is along the lines of a tire pressure, break-in, oil, type of a question.

Your x-ring chain is lubricated and sealed. What you are doing with the WD-40 is wiping away the crud that has accumulated. Don't spray it on the chain, but on a rag and wipe. You are set.

If you don't think that is enough, get some chain lube. What type? There are tons. Stuff that clings well to the chain will attract more crud, stuff that flings off easier, maybe less. Your choice.

As you probably have an o/x ring chain on there anyway, best thing for it's longevity will be that it's properly adjusted.
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Jan 26th 2016, 08:13 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Diedrix
You can use WD to clean the grime off your chain but then you should clean it off and use some sort of product made for motorcycle chains to ensure you get the best life out of your chain.
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Originally Posted by SilvieFox
i beg to disagree....
but i also should add that i clean with normal wd40 and then give a lite coat of the lithium shit
Sooo... you disagree but do exactly the same thing as I do, Clean w/ WD then LUBE w/ lube? OK, agree to disagree
Jan 26th 2016, 08:25 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Diedrix
Sooo... you disagree but do exactly the same thing as I do, Clean w/ WD then LUBE w/ lube? OK, agree to disagree
the lube is still WD40......
Jan 26th 2016, 08:34 AM   #9
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WD-40 is mostly Stoddard Solvent IIRC, and not a lube, but it cleans chains and rear wheels like a MoFo
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Jan 26th 2016, 09:30 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by Redkat600
I traced down the funny numbers in the MSDS sheet. Deodorized white kerosene.
Highly refined petroleum? No way that's a solvent.

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Jan 26th 2016, 09:34 AM   #11
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I traced down the funny numbers in the MSDS sheet. Deodorized white kerosene.
Oh and btw..The funny numbers are CAS numbers in case you're curious.

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Jan 26th 2016, 09:38 AM   #12
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Yeah, those! I couldn't remember what they were. Why can't they just list what the stuff is? Make you run around looking up all this crap.
If they just labeled their product what it is you wouldn't buy brand names. They don't like informed consumers.

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Jan 26th 2016, 01:33 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

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I use kerosene(10 dollars for a gallon) and works quite well and use off the shelf chain lube and works fine for me. Thanks everyone for letting me know
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Jan 26th 2016, 02:53 PM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Redkat600
Wrong. Wd40 is not lube. The lithium shit is.
its lithium WD40...
oh and i should add thats what i do for sealed chains... unsealed get Karenina soak then soaked in bar oil
Jan 26th 2016, 02:54 PM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Suzuki Stevo
WD-40 is mostly Stoddard Solvent IIRC, and not a lube, but it cleans chains and rear wheels like a MoFo
also repels water and gunk quite well
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