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ChipBike
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PostPosted: 00:42 - 11 Mar 2020    Post subject: Cleaning and Decreasing... Reply with quote

Just a quickie.

My bike chain and spockets are a right mess, like hard grease chunder.
Also the springs for the stands and all around that.


Need -

Product to clean it all off that won't wreck my O rings on my chain?? WD40?

Product to spray on my refurbished chain and sprockets including all my springs etc.. ??


Nothing too complicated please.

Thanks in advance.


Amazon or EurocarsSpares please, nothing mail order from Australia or shit like that.








Also, whilst I am here, I want to rid some rust spots and possibly protect them in future, maybe spray the exhaust to make it blacker and shiney.
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PostPosted: 01:05 - 11 Mar 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paraffin for cleaning.
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PostPosted: 01:31 - 11 Mar 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

As above, paraffin is the cheapest option and it works.

WD40 is best used for it's intended purpose (driving moisture out) but it also removes some gunk.

Decant some paraffin into a small plant sprayer, adjust nozzle so it squirts not sprays.

Cover things like brake discs and callipers in some rags.
Overspray on tyres isn't a problem as some washing up liquid and warm water will remove it.

Good supply of old rags is the key.
Few old toothbrushes for agitation.

If you can take the bike for a spin after cleaning then apply the lube to the warm chain...and wipe off the paraffin that got flung onto your rear wheel. Smile

Rust spots - Many approaches to this.
Good chance the paint is already loose around the actual spot so applying touch-up paint with a small (ladies) nailbrush will be temporary...almost not worth the bother.
Kind of depends where they are...lower fairing...may as well leave them.

A once over using black BBQ paint may make the exhaust look okay for a month or so. Then you'll be thinking why did I bother...or looking for an aftermarket/OEM.
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PostPosted: 03:03 - 11 Mar 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 08:45 - 11 Mar 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

VHT paint for the exhaust. Just search that on on eBay and buy the first rattlecan you see.

It looks like this the day you paint it
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49646861896_5db5458efc_h.jpg

and after a couple months use looks like this (it chips/scrapes easily)
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49646328838_94547fe782_h.jpg

You can also get VHT Laquer. Never tried it but it may prolong how long the finish lasts. When the finish does look crap though you can just clean it and respray more paint over the bad bits, after a few heat cycles it blends in with the rest.

For my chain I tend to use a chain cleaning brush that I spray a shitload of GT85 on. No idea if thats "good", for the O rings but I've been doing it for years without issue (I can usually get myself GT85 for free, so I use it for many things). I then lube it with Wynns Clear lube, tried many lubes and waxes and I stand by this one on a price/performance point.

If you really want to degunk your chain though remember to remove the front sprocket cover and clean all the shite greasy, gritty grinding paste that will have accumulated there.
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PostPosted: 10:37 - 11 Mar 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some great advice, thanks guys.

For better access, I was going to slack the rear wheel off and take the chain off the gearbox sprocket.

Then just dangle the chain into a container of paraffin and soak/clean in that?



I'll get some pictures up with before and after.
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PostPosted: 10:50 - 11 Mar 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

ChipBike wrote:
Some great advice, thanks guys.

For better access, I was going to slack the rear wheel off and take the chain off the gearbox sprocket.

Then just dangle the chain into a container of paraffin and soak/clean in that?



I'll get some pictures up with before and after.


I wouldn't immerse the chain in paraffin (or any cleaner); there's a risk you'll strip oil out from inside the pins if the seals aren't perfect (although arguably if they're that bad the chain is knackered anyway). Spray on, gentle agitation, spray and wipe (repeatedly) to clean off, allow to dry, then lube.

You might struggle to get the chain off the 'box sprocket anyway as if it's in half decent condition it won't allow much lateral movement. You can probably lift it away to clean the sprocket, but I doubt you'll move it out of the way completely unless there's loads of space in there.
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PostPosted: 10:50 - 11 Mar 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

ChipBike wrote:
For better access, I was going to slack the rear wheel off and take the chain off the gearbox sprocket.

Then just dangle the chain into a container of paraffin and soak/clean in that?


Easier to take the chain off.
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PostPosted: 12:27 - 14 Mar 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have my materials.
Thanks to the group.
Wish me luck!



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PostPosted: 00:13 - 26 Mar 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cleaned a bike chain once with motorcycle chain cleaner. Worst thing I could have done, even after a thorough lubing aftet cleaning it still started to rust.
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PostPosted: 00:19 - 26 Mar 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

ChipBike wrote:
Have my materials.
Thanks to the group.
Wish me luck!

Good luck! Let the chain dry nicely before you lublicate it. Before you use it too..... Smile
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PostPosted: 00:23 - 26 Mar 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Degreasing.
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PostPosted: 00:49 - 26 Mar 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nobby the Bastard wrote:
Degreasing.


No, he's been cleaning his bike so much, it's got smaller, worn away.
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PostPosted: 00:52 - 26 Mar 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

chickenstrip wrote:
Nobby the Bastard wrote:
Degreasing.


No, he's been cleaning his bike so much, it's got smaller, worn away.


Grom or Street triple?


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PostPosted: 01:00 - 26 Mar 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nobby the Bastard wrote:

Grom or Street triple?


(Grown ups have a 1050)


Yeah, Street Triples definitely aren't for grown-ups. I love 'em! Laughing
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PostPosted: 08:13 - 26 Mar 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

chickenstrip wrote:
Nobby the Bastard wrote:

Grom or Street triple?


(Grown ups have a 1050)


Yeah, Street Triples definitely aren't for grown-ups. I love 'em! Laughing


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