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This is a discussion on Factory chain lube within the XSR900 General Discussion forums, part of the Yamaha XSR900 Cafe Racer Forum category; Been told many times I do it right and probably the expensive way. Every 200-300 miles I clean my chain with WD-40 Specialist Water Resistant ...

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    Been told many times I do it right and probably the expensive way.

    Every 200-300 miles I clean my chain with WD-40 Specialist Water Resistant Silicone Lubricant Spray.

    Then lube the chain with a paste which is Motul Chain Lube Paste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky_MTN_FZ09 View Post
    Here is a good video on WD-40 and O-Ring motorcycle chains.



    Here is one example of someone who uses WD-40 to lube his chain. One thing to note is that he cleans his chain often and makes sure it is adjusted properly all the time.



    On the dirt bikes I use to use Maxima Chain Wax and it worked great, but found it made a mess on my street bikes. Which is why I switched over to Bel-Ray Super Clean. It is dry and dusty here most of the time, and I found the Wax chain lubes turned black right away from all the dust.

    If you ride a lot in the rain, I'd suggest checking out and auto oiler like a Scottoiler or TUTORO Automatic Motorcycle Chain Oiler. They are standard on a lot of bikes in the UK, for guys who ride rain or shine.
    What kind of chain is that (gold inside and black plates on the sides)

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    Or you could just fit a scottoiler, and forget about oiling your chain.
    Used them for the last 15+ years, and well over 1/4 million miles (about 30 thou per bike). Only ever had to change 2 chains through wear, and they were probably knackered to start with!
    I really don't know why people don't fit them, it's a no brainier!


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    Quote Originally Posted by stevierst View Post
    I really don't know why people don't fit them, it's a no brainier!
    As someone said here before, you can buy a lot of cans of chain lube for $140

    IMO, I don't want something hanging of my bike that's not really necessary. Especially something with oil that could leak.
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    DuPont Teflon Chain-Saver Dry Self-Cleaning Lubricant

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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    Quote Originally Posted by yamfz09 View Post
    As someone said here before, you can buy a lot of cans of chain lube for $140

    IMO, I don't want something hanging of my bike that's not really necessary. Especially something with oil that could leak.
    I don't want to hijack the thread, but unless I told you there was a scottoiler on my two current bikes, you'd never know. They're hidden away that well. And $140!!!!! All I'll say is 'ebay'
    And in that 1/4 million miles, never had one leak. Just my opinion, but each to their own.


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    I use Tirox chain cleaner. It comes with 360 degree brush that wraps around the chain. The spray itself is basically just kerosene by the smell of it. I've had it a few years and used it on a number of bikes and it works quite well.
    For lube I use the clear Bel-ray stuff. I don't like the look of the ones that leave the white behind. Maxima chain wax is good too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crosshairs View Post
    With an O ring chain.. When you are oiling it, all you are really doing is lubricating the sprockets as the chain is lubed internally
    Whilst that is true, the exterior may be prone to corrosion if you don lubricate it, and then rust or corrosion can work in between the moving parts, ruin the rubber seals, and then the internal lubrication can get out.

    Then you chain is broken

    Also I wouldn't use WD40 for chain lubrication unless you use it every day or two. WD40 becomes hydroscopic after a few days (will attract water) which will then penetrate in to the little gaps on your chain and do more harm then good.

    But any purpose made chain lubrication is fine, it comes down to personal choice on which are better than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BUDFORCE View Post
    Whilst that is true, the exterior may be prone to corrosion if you don lubricate it, and then rust or corrosion can work in between the moving parts, ruin the rubber seals, and then the internal lubrication can get out.

    Then you chain is broken
    Yeah, I think that pretty obvious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deboula View Post
    What kind of chain is that (gold inside and black plates on the sides)


    That is a EK 3D black/gold chain...
    Last edited by abe57; 01-26-2017 at 08:38 AM.
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