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Old 05-28-2012, 08:37 AM   #41
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I know I know... I was trying to start a chain cleaning war.

Kerosene users are punk-ass bitches. I said that on the interwebs, so it's for real. Let's throw down.
Agreed on the punk ass bitches comment.
I tried kerosene once...Once, and never again. WD-40 is the way to go, followed up by a good rub down with a rag and a liberal coating of thiss stuff...

Get it at Lowes. The best chain lube I have ever used.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:42 AM   #42
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I tried kerosene once...Once, and never again. WD-40 is the way to go...
Why?
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:49 AM   #43
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Why?
Well, for one thing it stinks and makes me sneeze.
It did cut through the grime okay. But, after cleaning with it I almost felt like I needed to clean it again with WD-40 just to get the smell off. Plus the WD is easier to use as far as spraying it where you want as opposed to sloshing the kerosene around. And thirdly the Kerosene leaves a greasy oily spot on my concrete driveway that I have to spray down with WD-40 to remove.

Is that good enough for you?
You dang punk ass bitch!
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:09 AM   #44
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To each their own, I guess I have a system down now that I have done it several times. All that is required is a baking pan/cookie sheet (for the ground), a scrap piece of cardboard (to go between the tire and chain, a toothbrush (duh), and an old t-shirt or rag for wiping. The cardboard and t-shirt (and kerosene of course) are generally consumables that get tossed; everything else I can re-use.

I guess if I really wanted to be the bad-ass, I could throw some pipe cleaners into the mix, but as it stands my chain gets pretty damn clean.

And funny, I don't mind the smell of kerosene, but I cannot STAND WD-40. The only thing I hate more than WD-40 is that Teflon lube spray mentioned many times. I am not making this up for argument's sake, I swear.
I guess growing up in the shadow of the largest petrochemical complex in the western hemisphere, I have a propensity to like hydrocarbons closer to their original state.
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The easiest way to lift the rear tire of the Hornet is to put your car's jack under the exhaust pipes and lift it while it is on side stand.
Rear stand seems easiest to me.
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:10 PM   #46
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Rear stand seems easiest to me.
Actually the easiest way is to wedge the key into the front brake level to lock the front tire, then use a ~12 in board under the right footpeg assembly to prop the bike up onto the kickstand and off the rear tire. Hard to explain. but you can do it while on the road.
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:19 PM   #47
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:46 AM   #48
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FYI, be careful about the DuPont Teflon Multi Use spray. They changed the formula back in October and it's no longer a dry wax. The can looks almost the same, it just doesn't claim to be dry. They now have a chain specific product, but reviews at WebBikeWorld aren't too favorable.
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:14 PM   #49
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Thanks for the heads up Transient.
I guess I'll have to find another chain lube now. I just read what Webbikeworld had to say, you are right. They dont give the new formula a good rating at all.
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Old 07-01-2012, 02:40 PM   #50
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http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/motor...chain-cleaner/
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Old 07-01-2012, 02:42 PM   #51
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does one take off the whole chain to clean it?

i lube mine abour every 500 miles

but i have yet to clean it
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Old 07-01-2012, 02:44 PM   #52
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also found this

http://www.muc-offusa.com/chain-doc.html
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Old 07-01-2012, 03:48 PM   #53
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Is that something for cleaning chains or a sex toy pack from Hot Topic?
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Old 07-01-2012, 04:35 PM   #54
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does one take off the whole chain to clean it?
Nah, you just have to be patient. I clean mine about 8" at a time. It might help to remove or pivot the chain guard, but I've forgotten. Hell, I'm not sure I ever cleaned the chain on my 599...

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Is that something for cleaning chains or a sex toy pack from Hot Topic?
It doesn't look like the last sex toy I bought from Hot Topic, but I guess they could offer more than one.

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I'm guessing Carly's last purchase had considerably more girth.

The packaging on that thing (whatever it is) is enough to dissuade me from buying it or even looking at their gay ass website again.
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I'm guessing Carly's last purchase had considerably more girth.

The packaging on that thing (whatever it is) is enough to dissuade me from buying it or even looking at their gay ass website again.
if it works, does it really matter what packaging it comes in?

btw, i think your wife is cheating on us
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btw, i think your wife is cheating on us
Nice try chump, I'm not married.
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Nice try chump, I'm not married.
i took a chance and failed
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:36 PM   #59
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i picked up a brush called the Grunge Brush...and some chain cleaner (not sure on the brand or anything right off hand

but that brush is relatively cheap and worked pretty well
better then a single toolbrush i would think
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I use kerosene and a grunge brush, but if you don't like the smell, mineral spirits is almost the same but without the smell. Get it in the paint section of the hardware store in quart or gallon cans. Cheap too. If you're *really* cheap, diesel fuel works almost as well, but it smells worse. Just drive up to the pump with the green hose and pay the $3.60 a gallon. I used to be that cheap.

The reason chains rust faster after wire brushing is that the protective iron phosphate coating is scratched off. Some chain manufacturers use different coatings, but none is very hard.
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