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Motorcyle Chain needs to be cleaned every time you lube it?

My last chain lasted over 40k miles on a 955cc heavy sport-tourer. An O-Ring chain already has lubed pivots for life. All you need to lube is the rollers, the part that touches the sprocket. Spray ...
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Motorcyle Chain needs to be cleaned every time you lube it?

No, don't oil the chain with gear oil. Good motorcycle chain lubes are offered in a spray can and are thixotropic, i.e. have a time-dependent shear thinning property. When you agitate a thixotropic ...
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Motorcyle Chain needs to be cleaned every time you lube it?

If you put fresh oil on top of dirt then the fresh oil will carry dirt into the joints of the chain and that will accelerate wear. Clean it and lubricate it. Chain lube tends to be designed to "stick"...
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how to clean rust on chain (motorbike)?

I would use something like WD40, and a soft cloth to rub the rust away. Then apply the right amount of chain lubricant and you will be good to go. You can use a brass bristle brush, provided you do it ...
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1994 Suzuki GSX600FR Katana - How do I know if motorcycle chain & sprocket need replacement?

tommyo is correct. that is generally the rule of thumb when it comes to replacing your chain. just place your motorcycle in its center stand then gently pull it away from the back sprocket between ...
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Motorbike rear wheel hub reassembly

I know this doesn't relate to the reassembly process, that's been covered in the other answer by Paul. However most of the time, the rear sprocket is not physically attached to the wheel. They are two ...
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Motorcycle chain adjustment problem: slack changes by itself

I am not a motorcycle guy however I do work on a lot of bicycles. I would bet your sprockets are worn and likely the chain also. Not only are they worn but worn unevenly. You essentially have an egg(...
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How do I re-rivet a chain pin (with a chain breaker tool)?

I would recommend taking a link off the chain and using a master link (pictured below). This is typically a link with a removable plate and is commonly used to reconnect chains that have been broken. ...
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Design logic of the oil dispensing can's extra long spout which has no nozzle plug?

There's two things here: The metal can is more durable Either will work just fine for your stated purpose As far as the length of the metal tube, it's designed to get into tight places. It's used to ...
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Timing chain slack between cam sprocket and upper guide, but rock hard between crank and lower guide?

Oil pump is going to have nothing to do with it since the chain does not drive the pump nor visa-versa. The pump runs directly off the crankshaft. Thinking about it, I'd bet there is no problem. I'm ...
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Motorcyle Chain needs to be cleaned every time you lube it?

Cleaning a chain with diesel is acceptable for all chains that I am familiar with. We use kerosene, as it is a lighter oil. We have also used JET-A. All work OK, although the kerosene and JET-A ...
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Did my mechanic break my car?

It would be helpful to know what type of car you have as some of the timing chain tensioners (I know some 2008-12 VW do) rely on oil pressure to work correctly. If the engine was run without first ...
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Did my mechanic break my car?

This is likely to be coincidence - changing the oil and filter is not work likely to cause the timing chain or tensioner to fail. Timing chains can slip / fail once sufficiently worn. You don't ...
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Motorcycle chain maintenance

No, you shouldn't lubricate motorcycle (or bicycle, or any) chains with gear oil. The lubricant should have several purposes: It should penetrate to the internals of the chain well (minimum viscosity)...
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Dark thing keeps flining off the motorcycle chain

I'll answer to the question you should have asked but didn't: how can you reduce the amount of the black dirt flying around? There are huge differences between chain lubricants. Try a different brand ...
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Dark thing keeps flining off the motorcycle chain

(A picture would give us a thousand words here, but I'll reply anyway.) Considering the chain sits in the elements when ridden, I'd bet what you're getting is bunk buildup of road grime, dirt, dust, ...
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Should I replace the chain link if I overpressed the link's plate?

I think your biggest problem is going to be the squashed X-rings. They are meant to be squished slightly so that they form a good seal with the metal plates, but an extra mm is going to crush them. ...
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Should I replace the chain link if I overpressed the link's plate?

I'm not sure what the consequences of a chain failure are on a motorcycle, but at least on a bicycle (having experienced a chain failure on a bicycle), it's not nice to have your chain to fail! It ...
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Should I replace the chain link if I overpressed the link's plate?

I would replace it - it might cause more wear both on itself and the sprockets and fail earlier.
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whats the difference between the motul c2 and c1 chain lube oil?thanks in advance

According to their web site and the technical data sheet for each one. The C1 is a clean and degrease spray. Where as C2 is a spray lubricant. They also have C3, C4 and C5. MOTUL ALL PRODUCTS ...
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Why don't motorbikes have chain covers?

i think modern motorcycles don't use full chain covers only for sporty looks. Because in the 50-80ties many bikes had them for very practical reason. Fully covered chain simply doesn't collect any ...
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Why don't motorbikes have chain covers?

Many sport bikes have a partial chain cover. The front sprocket is covered and the upper portion of the chain is covered along the swingarm area. This is done purely for aesthetics and to prevent ...
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1994 Suzuki GSX600FR Katana - How do I know if motorcycle chain & sprocket need replacement?

I realize this question is old, but despite good intentions, none of the answers provided are correct. Simply measuring slack in the chain (between or at the sprocket) is not sufficient as chain ...
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