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i just recently put rk quick accel kit on my 02 954. it came with a o-ring chain and my question regarding maintenance is what should be used to clean the chain. will some chemicals damage the o-ring seals or weaken the clip that connects the two pins on master link ? i heard people u sing wd40. is it safe? thanks
 

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i just recently put rk quick accel kit on my 02 954. it came with a o-ring chain and my question regarding maintenance is what should be used to clean the chain. will some chemicals damage the o-ring seals or weaken the clip that connects the two pins on master link ? i heard people u sing wd40. is it safe? thanks
Kerosene is probably the best but WD40 should be fine.
You are only trying to clean crud off the outside of the rollers and seals. You don't want to clean the grease out the grease that's sealed inside by the o-rings.
 

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thanks for the nfo guys. i ordered Motul Chain Clean solution but will keep in mind WD40 to compare the results in the future. so is it safe to spray these stuff all over the chain? i would assume that the grease sealed inside by the o-rings is hard to get to because of the tight fit so it's safe to brush/wipe all sides of chain?
 

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thanks for the nfo guys. i ordered Motul Chain Clean solution but will keep in mind WD40 to compare the results in the future. so is it safe to spray these stuff all over the chain? i would assume that the grease sealed inside by the o-rings is hard to get to because of the tight fit so it's safe to brush/wipe all sides of chain?
Yes, it's fine.
 

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If you use WD-40 spray it lightly on a rag first then wipe the chain with the rag. I wouldn't soak the chain with it. I mean think about it WD-40 is a penetrating oil. It is designed to get into tight spots. Which means that you run a risk of it getting past the o-rings and diluting or even completely removing the grease behind the seals if the chain is sprayed directly with it and allowed to sit for any period of time. Then scrubbing the chain with a brush will only help the WD-40 penetrate even deeper past the o-rings. Thus reducing the life of the chain. Now I am sure plenty of people will post that they use WD-40 and they soak their chain and have no problems. To each his own. I personally don't do it. Its not like you are saving money by using WD-40. It cost just as much if not more than a good chain cleaner that is designed to clean chains without harming the o-rings or grease. I am just letting you know what could happen. You make your own decision on what you wish to use. Like Bladeracer has already stated though kerosene is the best cleaner for a chain.
 

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dont wanna start new thread, but i noticed that there's some oil on the bottom of the clutch cover that attracts dirt etc. it's a very minimal leak, doesn't drip. anything i can do about it? is there a gasket around it? new cover? tighten bolts?
 

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sure there's a gasket, but it's gonna be a pain to replace it.
Did you lay her over, has it been leaking for a while, is there an oil spot on your garage floor from it?
Might be better just to leave it alone.
 

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i bought it used and it was laid down at very slow speed on the clutch cover side. i see there are visible scratches on it. whenever i checked there was always some oil and dirt there which i usually wiped out but it always comes back.it never left an oil spot. ideas? would it be easier to replace the cover rather than gasket or is it the same level of difficulty?
 

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you are assuming that the leak is from the cover. bad news is that this would be the best case scenario. you need to make sure that you don't have a cracked case. That would require some welding in order to fix your leak. If it is the cover, then:
1) drain the oil
2) pull you cover..be careful not to nick the two posts...
3) Remove the oem gasket using a razor blade and some solvent
.... and replace with your gasket of choice
5) Add some silicon at the case face joints
6) Slap on your new cover, torque it in and replace the oil.
 

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dont wanna start new thread, but i noticed that there's some oil on the bottom of the clutch cover that attracts dirt etc. it's a very minimal leak, doesn't drip. anything i can do about it? is there a gasket around it? new cover? tighten bolts?
There's no gasket on the clutch cover so you'd have to take it off and reseal it if that's what's leaking.
It'd be best to clean the area and see if you can determine exactly where it's coming from.
 

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i cleaned up the clutch cover area and left white paper towel under it to see if there are any spots in the morning. i noticed one crack on the clutch cover and one that kind of looks like its on the case. my phone takes bad pics and i marked the spots. ill inspect some more in the morning. however it always seemed to be collecting on the where case meets with the cover so i assumed it was not sealed properly.

http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/8415/cracksx.jpg
 

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Remember to be careful when cleaning your chains - we had a thread on here not long ago showing what can happen if it goes wrong (fingers chewed off by the chain and sprocket). Not pretty!
 

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Remember to be careful when cleaning your chains - we had a thread on here not long ago showing what can happen if it goes wrong (fingers chewed off by the chain and sprocket). Not pretty!
Yes, and the engine doesn't need to be running to get yourself caught up in those teeth.
 

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Yes, and the engine doesn't need to be running to get yourself caught up in those teeth.
:plus1: don't spin the wheel, a spinning wheel has enough inertia to trim your fingers as well!

On the odd occasion that I clean my chain, I rotate the wheel by hand, a section at a time - I never spin it. I also rotate it backwards, so the chain does not draw anything towards the rear sprocket.
 

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I'm not a fan of WD-40 but it does work great on cleaning the chain. Let is soak good and then I use a Grunge Brush made for cleaning chains. It has bristles on 3 sides and a regular brush at the other end. Works great. Just Google it to find one.
 

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I like to keep my chain clean, from the stage of really dirty I first wash the chain with engine degreaser / Gunk, then dry with rag, followed by a coat of PJ1. In between major cleans I use WD40 and then reapply PJ1. Not sure if this is recommended but works for me and I have never had a problem with a chain.

What is the life expectancy of a chain, some friends have suggested around 10,000 miles?


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