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I just went out to clean the bike and noticed that the chain has little surface rust on the rollers. I guess I have not been lubing it as well as I should have. There there something I could do to clean it up or should I worry about it. I did just relube with Honda chain lube. Do I have to replace the chain? The chain has 3k miles on it.

Any suggestions?????? any advise.........
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Re: chain question

Oh, thought you were calling me. Never mind.

OK, seriously now... try soaking a shop rag in WD40 and working the chain through your clenched hand with the bike on a rear stand. That should remove most of the rust you're talking about. And no, you shouldn't have to replace the chain if you're only dealing with unsightly surface rust as you've described (and the chain has no stuck links or damage beyond what you've described).
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Oh, thought you were calling me. Never mind.

OK, seriously now... try soaking a shop rag in WD40 and working the chain through your clenched hand with the bike on a rear stand. That should remove most of the rust you're talking about. And no, you shouldn't have to replace the chain if you're only dealing with unsightly surface rust as you've described (and the chain has no stuck links or damage beyond what you've described).

agreed. when finished, (it sounds as if your bike sits outside?) spray the chain with a liberal coat of WD40 and leave it there to avoid further surface rust..........
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And remember to clean it with the engine OFF on the stand (sorry there are people this is not obvious to)

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And remember to clean it with the engine OFF on the stand (sorry there are people this is not obvious to)
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. I saw the aftermath of someone who had decided to clean the chain with the bike running. It wasn't pretty.
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Re: chain question

get the grunge brush and go to work with some wd40 if the rag doesn't work. then obviously take it for like a 15 minute ride to dry off and warm up the chain then relube it and let it cool.

if you can't convince them, confuse them.
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Re: chain question

I donno what a grunge brush is but you shold never use a hard brush cause it damages the o'rings don't ask me how I know
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I donno what a grunge brush is but you shold never use a hard brush cause it damages the o'rings don't ask me how I know
its a special brush made for motorcycle chains. does seem like it has hard bristles but it says its o-ring safe http://www.grungebrush.com/

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Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. I saw the aftermath of someone who had decided to clean the chain with the bike running. It wasn't pretty.
if you're stupid enough to consider cleaning it with the engine running, AND IN GEAR, then by all means.....please do. remember to keep the garage door closed, as well. natural gene-pool clensing.....

oh........and use your toothbrush.............you won't be needing it afterwards, anyway.............

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if you're stupid enough to consider cleaning it with the engine running, AND IN GEAR, then by all means.....please do. remember to keep the garage door closed, as well. natural gene-pool clensing.....

oh........and use your toothbrush.............you won't be needing it afterwards, anyway.............
Yeah, right? I don't understand what people are thinking sometimes. Or, not thinking.
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agreed. when finished, (it sounds as if your bike sits outside?) spray the chain with a liberal coat of WD40 and leave it there to avoid further surface rust..........

Actually no. It is always garaged kept. I forgot to mention that I washed it with soap and water last week. I made sure to dry everything off and I even used a air compressor to make sure everything was completely dry. I now realized that I forgot to do the same with the chain. I will try and re-clean with WD40 and re-lube.

BTW: thanks for the info on the grunge brush. I knew I could count on the org to help me spend my money. You sum bitches are going to be the death of me.

Thanks for the help
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BTW: thanks for the info on the grunge brush. I knew I could count on the org to help me spend my money. You sum bitches are going to be the death of me.

Thanks for the help
doesn't this site suck in that regards? glad I could help, its less than $15 so thats one of the smaller spending suggestions on here.

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Actually no. It is always garaged kept. I forgot to mention that I washed it with soap and water last week. I made sure to dry everything off and I even used a air compressor to make sure everything was completely dry. I now realized that I forgot to do the same with the chain. I will try and re-clean with WD40 and re-lube.

BTW: thanks for the info on the grunge brush. I knew I could count on the org to help me spend my money. You sum bitches are going to be the death of me.

Thanks for the help
not trying to bust on you, but try to avoid using an air compressor to dry your bike, near things like seals, or o-rings. the forced air can actually blow air and water past the seals or o-rings, into places you don't want it. use low air psi in those areas............

i use the compressor to knock the large amounts of water off and try to towel dry as much as possible. you prolly do the same, just throwing that out there....... your results may vary. mastercard and visa excepted. sorry, no american express.

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Yeah, right? I don't understand what people are thinking sometimes. Or, not thinking.
And I suppose you and Rigor have never done anything stupid, me neither I stated that for the 'other' people.

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not trying to bust on you, but try to avoid using an air compressor to dry your bike, near things like seals, or o-rings. the forced air can actually blow air and water past the seals or o-rings, into places you don't want it. use low air psi in those areas............

i use the compressor to knock the large amounts of water off and try to towel dry as much as possible. you prolly do the same, just throwing that out there....... your results may vary. mastercard and visa excepted. sorry, no american express.
Ah crap, all I have is Discover. Sorry. Will catch you next time around.

Good info on the air hose. I will use with caution next time.

Thanks......
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