WD40 on a chain driven motorcycle?

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#1 Unread post by flw » Sun Nov 02, 2008 7:46 pm

I saw a utube video on maintaining a bike and the guy used a can of something that looked just like WD40. I thought on current motorcycle chains, WD40 was not to be used unless cleaning and then using the correct chain oil or wax.

Is WD40 ok to use and if so do you need to reapply it more often?

Thanks for clarifying this, they guy never said what he used but it sure looked like WD40.
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#2 Unread post by Skier » Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:07 pm

WD-40 is fine for a cleaner. It's not a lubricant, though, so hit the chain with some manufacturer-recommend chain lube after cleaning.
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#3 Unread post by ofblong » Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:31 pm

gear lube (which can be used as an o-ring chain lubrication) comes in a can.
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#4 Unread post by flynrider » Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:14 pm

Gear oil (typically 80 or 90 weight oil) is suitable for standard chains, but is waaay to heavy for O-ring chains (unless you just enjoy cleaning them). Light oil or chain wax is ideal for O-ring chains.

I wouldn't use WD-40 as it is primarily a solvent. You want a lube instead. I've been using DuPont Silicone/Teflon lube for several years. Available at most hardware stores for a lot less than chain lube.
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#5 Unread post by Skier » Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:23 pm

flynrider wrote:Gear oil (typically 80 or 90 weight oil) is suitable for standard chains, but is waaay to heavy for O-ring chains (unless you just enjoy cleaning them). Light oil or chain wax is ideal for O-ring chains.

I wouldn't use WD-40 as it is primarily a solvent. You want a lube instead. I've been using DuPont Silicone/Teflon lube for several years. Available at most hardware stores for a lot less than chain lube.
My Honda's owner's manual says to use 80W-90 for its O-ring chain.
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#6 Unread post by flynrider » Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:48 pm

Skier wrote: My Honda's owner's manual says to use 80W-90 for its O-ring chain.
So does mine. Over the years I've found it to be overkill. The lighter O-ring specific lubes and chain waxes were developed to keep the O-rings pliable and the links free of rust, without the sticky mess associated with the heavier lubes.
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#7 Unread post by Sev » Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:31 pm

WD40 will dry out the o-rings. I'd keep the stuff off the chain completely. Clean with high flashpoint solvent (kerosine).

Lubricate with a good spray on chain wax or lube. They're better formulated to stick to the chain then gear oil.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#8 Unread post by RocketGirl » Sun May 17, 2009 7:53 pm

Second year with a chain drive.

After reading postings and talking to a few ATV-ers, I've made the switch to WD40 for cleaning my chain and I have to say that I'm very satisfied with the results. It takes me less time to clean the chain and I only use a single shop rag followed up with a shop towel to wipe it down.

Now, I've also switched lube products as well. I didn't like the wax type and now use Del-Rey. We were at the beach this weekend and riding in some very windy conditions and sandy road surfaces. I didn't see one bit of sand on my chain when we got home. I haven't gotten back into the daily routine of commuting yet, but I'm hoping that this new lube will be less apt to collect those small particles of sand that I picked up last year. :D

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#9 Unread post by HYPERR » Sun May 17, 2009 8:36 pm

flynrider wrote:
Skier wrote: My Honda's owner's manual says to use 80W-90 for its O-ring chain.
So does mine. Over the years I've found it to be overkill. The lighter O-ring specific lubes and chain waxes were developed to keep the O-rings pliable and the links free of rust, without the sticky mess associated with the heavier lubes.
I used gear lube briefly on my VFR800 as that is what the owner's manual said as well. I stopped as it just made a horrible mess on the swigarm and the bike.
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#10 Unread post by Skier » Sun May 17, 2009 8:50 pm

My bike and swingarm gets dirty from riding so I don't worry about a little more dirt. :)
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#11 Unread post by storysunfolding » Mon May 18, 2009 10:36 pm

I use Maxima Chain Wax Gold. Works well, smells great and even with my hard riding a regular clean and lube gave me over 35k miles on my last chain. Anyone else come close? I wasn't at the end of the adjustments yet either, just hated the noise :laughing:
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#12 Unread post by Skier » Tue May 19, 2009 7:10 pm

35,000 miles is way more than what I get out of my chains. I still get more mileage than other 599 owners but compared to other bikes my 20,000 miles is a bit low.

This chain and sprocket set I'm trying the bare minimum of cleaning and lubing just to see if it makes a difference. 12,000 miles and counting!
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#13 Unread post by mazer » Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:38 pm

Since WD40 is kerosene based you should not use it on any rubber or vinyl. Avoid the chain, tires, cables and the instrument panel

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#14 Unread post by dean owens » Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:13 pm

mazer wrote:Since WD40 is kerosene based you should not use it on any rubber or vinyl. Avoid the chain, tires, cables and the instrument panel
are you saying that you shouldn't use kerosene on the chain? i thought that was fine for cleaning?
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#15 Unread post by storysunfolding » Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:16 pm

kerosene is like a motorcycling standard... I think you're confusing kerosene with petrol based products which would be the old formula of WD-40
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#16 Unread post by gearhead65 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:26 am

How do you know if you have an o-ring chain? Does my Vulcan 500 have one?
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