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Old 10-12-2019, 05:54 PM   #21
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Glad to hear you're getting decent mileage from your drive set. I currently have 31k on my drive set, occasionally using WD to keep it from rusting. I expect to go at least 40k.
I can't imagine that chain is very quiet if all you use is wd-40, does it clunk alot
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Old 10-13-2019, 04:57 PM   #22
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I can't imagine that chain is very quiet if all you use is wd-40, does it clunk alot
Why would it clunk? Oring chains have grease inside, no need to lube the outsides, just to keep them clean. The wd40 is for cleaning not lubricating.
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Old 10-13-2019, 05:03 PM   #23
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Ah that's nothing. When I first bought my fz1 I never checked the front sprocket. Fast forward 2k miles and 40 miles from home and you have this!


Luckily I was able to find a speed where the chain minimally slipped and rode it home and promptly replaced the whole chain drive.

It was this day forward that I decided that heavy weight transmission gear oil is the best chain lubricant. Might make a little mess, but I can get 30k out of a chain if I oil every 200 miles.
I found the opposite thing when I took apart my VStrom for a sprocket and chain change ;) The picture really doesn't do justice to how much goop was in the sprocket cover, all over the swingarm, the inside of the rear fender and anywhere else it could have gone.
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Old 10-14-2019, 05:56 AM   #24
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I can't imagine that chain is very quiet if all you use is wd-40, does it clunk alot
It does not clunk. Runs smooth. The front sprocket is getting a bit hooked, so I'll replace that with a new OEM I have.

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Why would it clunk? Oring chains have grease inside, no need to lube the outsides, just to keep them clean. The wd40 is for cleaning not lubricating.
This. Keeps it clean and rust free.
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Old 10-15-2019, 12:41 PM   #25
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It was this day forward that I decided that heavy weight transmission gear oil is the best chain lubricant. Might make a little mess, but I can get 30k out of a chain if I oil every 200 miles.
I'm not sure if this was in just or not? It's hilarious either way.
Most riders report 30k on their chains with just a simple cleaning every 1k miles or so.
I can't imagine how a chain would need maintenance every 200 miles??? That's hardly more than a single tank of gas.
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:04 AM   #26
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It does not clunk. Runs smooth. The front sprocket is getting a bit hooked, so I'll replace that with a new OEM I have.



This. Keeps it clean and rust free.
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I'm not sure if this was in just or not? It's hilarious either way.
Most riders report 30k on their chains with just a simple cleaning every 1k miles or so.
I can't imagine how a chain would need maintenance every 200 miles??? That's hardly more than a single tank of gas.
Adding external lube every 200 miles or so is hardly "maintenance". Not sure how anyone can get 30k miles out of chain and sprockets without periodically llubricating the chain so that excessive heat doesn't break down the seals that hold the great in the chain. Wd-40 is not a lubricant as you pointed out. It's a cleaning agent that breaks down grease, and then evaporates on its own.

Personally I'm not a fan of the tephlon based lubricants because it just allows rocks and dirt to stick to the chain and cause more wear and problems. Requiring the chain to be cleaned more often.

Every other ride or so I just coat the chain in gear oil while it's still hot and it keeps everything running extra smooth. Guy I bought the bike from never lubed the chain, and I have no idea how that front sprocket got how it did, but that was an eye opener.
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:06 AM   #27
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I found the opposite thing when I took apart my VStrom for a sprocket and chain change ;) The picture really doesn't do justice to how much goop was in the sprocket cover, all over the swingarm, the inside of the rear fender and anywhere else it could have gone.
That's what mine looks like now when I decide to clean out the sprocket cover. You can tell that the previous owner never used any type of lube in the photo. There litterally no grease or lubricant!
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