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Your Chain Lube of Choice.

02 Jun 2020 15:43
mdscott
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Your Chain Lube of Choice. #1
Whats Your Chain Lube of Choice.
What do you like, its probably like a oil thread but what the heck.
Since PJ1 Blue Label came out in the mid 70's I have never strayed, but today I ventured into my local Yamaha dealer I bought Maxima Chain Wax and cleaner. I mostly bought to help out the struggling business and its my favorite shop.
So fire away.

Thanks Mark
Roseville, Ca.

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'01 KDX220
'68 YG5T 80 Trailmaster
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75 Norton
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02 Jun 2020 16:01
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Your Chain Lube of Choice. #2
Yep, Chain wax! Good stuff on all, o- ring and standard. 16,000 miles on my Beemer f650gs chain and sprockets.


71 Z50 Minitrail
72 RT2
74 250A
78 XT500E
06 F650GS Dakar

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02 Jun 2020 16:18
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Your Chain Lube of Choice. #3
Whatever motor oil I have handy, applied with an old toothbrush to a pre-cleaned chain, and then excess oil removed with a rag. Hey, I'm a cheapskate when it comes to the price of specialty lubes for something as basic as chain and sprockets, or push pull cables.

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70 Yamaha CT175
71 Yamaha CT175
71 Yamaha JT60
72 Yamaha JT60 (2)
74 Yamaha DT360
75 Yamaha GT80
75 Yamaha DT100
75 Yamaha DT125
75 Yamaha DT175
76 Yamaha DT175
75 Yamaha DT250 (2)
75 Yamaha DT400
76 Honda Z50
17 Yamaha SCR950

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02 Jun 2020 16:32
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Your Chain Lube of Choice. #4
PJ1 Black Label for standard chain... Maxima Chain Wax for o-ring chains.

1963 YG1-T, 1965 MG1-T, Allstate 250, 1970 CT1b, 1971 R5, 1973 AT3MX, 1974 TS400L, 1975 RD350, 1976 DT175C, 1976 Husqvarna 250CR, 1981 DT175G, 1988 DT50, 1990 "Super" DT50, 1991 RT180, 2017 XT250

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02 Jun 2020 16:53
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Your Chain Lube of Choice. #5
PJ1 black , the chain rollers need lubrication with or without the o-ring

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02 Jun 2020 17:08
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Your Chain Lube of Choice. #6
I saw a youtube video which proved:ROFLOL that gear oil was the best! I use motor oil or the same chain wax as KennyV, whatever is handy. Pretty much use x or o-ring chains as soon as I figured out you didn't have to adjust your chain every day of riding with them.

One of my very cheap friends raved over used motor oil for chains back in the day before there was anywhere that would take used motor oil. The price was right!

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02 Jun 2020 17:21
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Your Chain Lube of Choice. #7

JayB wrote: I saw a youtube video which proved:ROFLOL that gear oil was the best! I use motor oil or the same chain wax as KennyV, whatever is handy. Pretty much use x or o-ring chains as soon as I figured out you didn't have to adjust your chain every day of riding with them.

One of my very cheap friends raved over used motor oil for chains back in the day before there was anywhere that would take used motor oil. The price was right!


For over 30 years I've been involved in the design and build of all kinds of industrial chain conveyors. For good chain life you simply need to reduce friction which creates heat, and prevent rust which binds up the links. Periodic cleaning helps.

Schu

70 Yamaha CT175
71 Yamaha CT175
71 Yamaha JT60
72 Yamaha JT60 (2)
74 Yamaha DT360
75 Yamaha GT80
75 Yamaha DT100
75 Yamaha DT125
75 Yamaha DT175
76 Yamaha DT175
75 Yamaha DT250 (2)
75 Yamaha DT400
76 Honda Z50
17 Yamaha SCR950

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02 Jun 2020 17:39
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Your Chain Lube of Choice. #8
When I was a kid, we used oil. It does fling off faster than the special stuff. I used to soak the chain in solvent and scrub it clean and then drop it in a pan of used motor oil when my Dad changed the oil and let it soak.

One of the old-time mechanics where my Dad worked showed me how he used to do it... he took a cooking pan and filled it with axle grease... then he heated the pan with a torch and a hot plate until the grease melted. Smoked like heck and smelled worse! Then he dropped my clean chain into the pan of melted grease and let it cool off. We fished the chain out and wiped off the excess grease. That actually worked really good!

1963 YG1-T, 1965 MG1-T, Allstate 250, 1970 CT1b, 1971 R5, 1973 AT3MX, 1974 TS400L, 1975 RD350, 1976 DT175C, 1976 Husqvarna 250CR, 1981 DT175G, 1988 DT50, 1990 "Super" DT50, 1991 RT180, 2017 XT250
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02 Jun 2020 18:07
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Your Chain Lube of Choice. #9

MarkT wrote: When I was a kid, we used oil. It does fling off faster than the special stuff. I used to soak the chain in solvent and scrub it clean and then drop it in a pan of used motor oil when my Dad changed the oil and let it soak.

One of the old-time mechanics where my Dad worked showed me how he used to do it... he took a cooking pan and filled it with axle grease... then he heated the pan with a torch and a hot plate until the grease melted. Smoked like heck and smelled worse! Then he dropped my clean chain into the pan of melted grease and let it cool off. We fished the chain out and wiped off the excess grease. That actually worked really good!


You have explained exactly how Chain Wax is supposed to be applied. As per directions, apply when the chain is warm.

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72 RT2
74 250A
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02 Jun 2020 21:21 02 Jun 2020 21:52 by Rick C..
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Your Chain Lube of Choice. #10
Land o' lakes butter and log cabin or aunt jemima syrup. it melts wonderfully and soaks up fine.

What !?! chain lube???
IS this an" OIL " thread?? :EEEK

pj black and or chain wax. NOT FOR - Waffles or pancakes.
Although... I hear MODS do that for breakfast. dunno ....
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