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post #1 of 26 Old 01-25-2018, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Really cleaned the chain

After seeing a post on the DuPont Teflon chain lubricate I decided to give it a try on my 750 Shadow. The chain and sprockets have about 10,000 miles on them and all Iíve ever done is keep the tension in specs and oil the chain. Iíve used some of the wax based spray and some oil to lube the chain, so while the rollers looked good the links had a good buildup of wax/oil and road dirt. So I bought a grunge brush and some kerosene and really cleaned the chain so that it looked like new. I then applied the DuPont teflon spray and let the bike sit overnight. When I took the bike for a ride I was blown away by the difference in how it felt. Not only was it much quieter but it was much smoother and I think it actually accelerated better. Donít know if it was the result of just the cleaning or just the lubricant or a combination of both, but Iím sold on the combination. Wish I had done this long ago.

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Thanks Tabaka. I was following this on the xj site, seems like good info to share... Is it against forum policy to provide links to other forums?

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Thanks Tabaka. I was following this on the xj site, seems like good info to share... Is it against forum policy to provide links to other forums?
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No, it's not a problem.

I've got a grunge brush, but it splatters solvent (I use diesel) all over so I use multiple rags dipped in diesel. With the Rebel on its centerstand, I turn the wheel while holding the rag against the chain. When the rag gets dirty, I change to a clean one until the chain is clean. Then I apply Liquid Performance chain lube https://www.bosspowersports.com/liqu...hain-lube.html

Cleaning and lubricating the chain every 500 miles, I get over 20,000 miles from a set of sprockets and chains. I'd probably get more if I lubricated it more frequently.

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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I use the rag and solvent method. As Flite says, way less messy. Clean all the crud off and then relube with a good quality waxy or teflon type chain lube that does not attract grit like oil does. Eventually you will need to clean and repeat but you will get many happy miles in the meantime.

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Jeez, I wish I had a center stand. I gotta do a few inches of chain, roll the bike back to access a new section, and repeat. And repeat. And repeat. Major Pita. And then repeat the repetition every 500 miles.
Here's the link to the other place. They're pretty good over there, I sold my xj a year or two ago, and still visit all the time.

http://www.xjbikes.com/forums/thread...n-lube.117875/

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Jeez, I wish I had a center stand. I gotta do a few inches of chain, roll the bike back to access a new section, and repeat. And repeat. And repeat. Major Pita. And then repeat the repetition every 500 miles.
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Get a swingarm stand. Problem solved.
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I had it on the Xmas list, but Satan didn't deliver. I must not have been a good boy.

Edit: hahaha auto correct changed Santa to Satan! Malapropism?
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There are cheaper alternatives: http://www.hondarebelforum.com/f39/c...tand-7467.html http://www.hondarebelforum.com/f12/b...and-37185.html

Swingarm stands are nice too.

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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Forgive my ignorance, but I am new to working on my bike and learning as I go along with the help of all of your wisdom!

I also really cleaned my chain over the weekend (via the "chase it around my driveway" method) I used a spray bottle with kerosene, a soft toothbrush, and a rag. Under the very dirty and greasy mess I found a DID O-ring chain in very good shape. Sprockets looked good too. But here are my questions.

I let it dry well, and then lubed with Bel-Ray Blu Tac chain lube. I let it sit a bit, and then took for a short ride. However, the next day I noticed the chain is very tacky. Is that normal?

Also, I swear the chain seems more stretched - like maybe all the dirt and grease was holding it on. It is not yet in the "replace chain" marker by the adjusters. A friend told me if I can't pull it away from the sprocket enough to see the teeth, and if the sprockets and chain links look healthy otherwise, that everything is fine. Is this good advice?

Thanks again for all of your knowledge!


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