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IPONE chain cleaner seems to be the safest and most effective when considering retention of factory lubrication under the o/x/z rings.

 

 

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kylerhsm

Great review. Learnt a lot from that. Think I'm going to order some Ipone :)

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fzar

Kerosene works well for me, I don't know or can't tell if it has affected the o-rings. I can tell you it cleans like a champ, to me anyway almost 19K miles and I don't have any issues on OEM sprockets and chain!!!!

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rjg
11 hours ago, Cruizin said:

Just don't use WD-40, it eats the orings. 

 

 

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17 hours ago, fzar said:

Kerosene works well for me, I don't know or can't tell if it has affected the o-rings. I can tell you it cleans like a champ, to me anyway almost 19K miles and I don't have any issues on OEM sprockets and chain!!!!

I use kerosene as well, but if you watch the video it explains that kerosene slips right past the o-rings like a sieve. That means it'll dilute and wash out the bulk of the lubricant the o-rings are trying to keep in. Greasing your chain is to keep the o-rings healthy so they can keep the factory grease in. It's almost impossible to replace that grease.

 

I never even considered that until the video, but it does make sense. I've got a new chain on my bike so I'm going to avoid kerosene this round and see if it makes a difference.

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ElGonzales

I like the FortNine Videos, but at least they are an online store that sells motorcycle stuff and maybe I am a little bit wary. I don't think they would suggest to take a paintbrush (omg!)and a bottle of petroleum thats even cheap to buy at the next gas station and is enough for 10 cleanings. 

Won't say they are wrong, I like a good working cleaning spray, but this is something I think you have to keep in mind.

 

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Beemer

I would say they are probably right about which cleaners they tested are good or bad but I can't agree that "IPONE chain cleaner seems to be the safest and most effective when considering retention of factory lubrication under the o/x/z rings" since not all the chain cleaners on the market were tested. 

 

I don't know where Dupont's chain cleaner stands but it's o-ring safe and how they missed it is beyond me.


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yamahazaki

I stopped cleaning my chain maybe 2 years ago.  I just spray the dupont wax every 500-1000 miles and call it good.

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rjg
7 hours ago, topazsparrow said:

I use kerosene as well, but if you watch the video it explains that kerosene slips right past the o-rings like a sieve. That means it'll dilute and wash out the bulk of the lubricant the o-rings are trying to keep in. Greasing your chain is to keep the o-rings healthy so they can keep the factory grease in. It's almost impossible to replace that grease.

 

I never even considered that until the video, but it does make sense. I've got a new chain on my bike so I'm going to avoid kerosene this round and see if it makes a difference.

My opinion based, on Ari's video and Lemmy's video is that kerosene and WD-40 are both safe as a cleaner.  You need something else for the lube after cleaning.

Lemmy says kerosene is good:

 

rest of the article is here:

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WWW.REVZILLA.COM

RevZilla's tips and tricks for the best way to clean and lube a motorcycle chain.

 

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