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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-08-2009, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Hey G2G- I finally cleaned my rear...

So I was in the garage all day working on my bike. I had the tank off, rear wheel off and dropped the swingarm so I could pull the shock off for servicing. Since Kim's new ride is all shiny, I decided to spend way too much time cleaning the swingarm, chain guide/guard, sprocket/cush drive, AND rear wheel off cuz they were coated with a few mm of chain wax build up and road grime from the past 3.5 years. I went through 2 cans of degreaser and about a dozen shop towels. Kim said I should tell you since you always give me shit.

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When your done I'll provide some rags and cleaning supplies for you to make your way up to me to get started. I'll even turn on the garage heater for you. LOL

I hate the cleaning part, only the riding.

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When you get a chance, can ya clean Insomniac's wheels? I heard that they used to be white.

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have to clean off my rims/swingarm/engine soooo bad

not looking forward to it lol...although it'll be so nice looking i bet once it's all done

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When you get a chance, can ya clean Insomniac's wheels? I heard that they used to be white.
$20 in it for ya if you can get them to even look gray again
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W D 40 the night before and then some parts cleaner and that grime will wash right off.

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It literally takes only a few minutes to clean the rims on stands with honda polish. why not do this every few rides?


congrats on the clean rim though!

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It literally takes only a few minutes to clean the rims on stands with honda polish. why not do this every few rides?


congrats on the clean rim though!
Pure laziness. I ride a lot and have put over 31k on the clock. The last thing I want to do is clean the rear wheel and swing arm after a long ride or a track weekend.

I use Maxim Chain Wax and that stuff just builds up and attracts dirt. The excess flings off and ends up like tar all over. I always have honda polish but even it has a hard time cleaning the wax off. That is why I had to use degreaser and brake cleaner to dissolve it. I've tried all different kinds of chain lube and I go back to the this stuff because it keeps the chain well lubed. After today's mess I'm going to try and keep it cleaner.

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do you think you need that much wax?

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the chain has its own wax .ya know?insde the O rings.

unless ofcourse your runing a standerd chain if so treat yourself to the good stuff !

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the chain has its own wax .ya know?insde the O rings.

unless ofcourse your runing a standerd chain if so treat yourself to the good stuff !
I probably over do it. I use good chains too. DID 520 ERV3 race chains. I know there is grease sandwiched in with the o-rings but when I don't keep the chain lubed well, the o-rings tend to wear out quicker. I literally see the o-rings shredding and coming out between the links. I've been thinking about checking out a different brand of chain for this very reason.

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the wheel is probably outta balance now

3 and a half years... who did you find to replace tires on hoops that grimey

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Pure laziness. I ride a lot and have put over 31k on the clock. The last thing I want to do is clean the rear wheel and swing arm after a long ride or a track weekend.

I use Maxim Chain Wax and that stuff just builds up and attracts dirt. The excess flings off and ends up like tar all over. I always have honda polish but even it has a hard time cleaning the wax off. That is why I had to use degreaser and brake cleaner to dissolve it. I've tried all different kinds of chain lube and I go back to the this stuff because it keeps the chain well lubed. After today's mess I'm going to try and keep it cleaner.
I understand that youre more of a riding guru than me so I aint haitin. Lots of people use there bikes as machines more than some. I like mine to ride and to look at its beauty...so thats just me. With all the riding you do I can understand just lubing the chain and being done. Yes it can get tedious keeping everything back there clean.

I use the same chain wax and get no fling. If you want to keep everything clean maybe try what I do. I heat the chain up with a torch (not to the point where youre melting the o-rings and never hold the torch in one spot on the chain) and then apply the lube. after than I keep spinning the wheel and keep the torch on it and keep it warm for a while. Let it cool off and its done. Wipe any excess off. I dont get an ounch of fling.

The honda polish works great if you do it often. build up...yeah you need something stronger. I suggest carb cleaner over brake clean because its not as harsh but still does the job. Doesnt leave it so dry looking too. I also clean my chain with carb cleaner. It says in the EK chain instructions to use carb cleaner and it wont hurt the o-rings.

Just some tips if you decided to keep stuff clean. I clean my bike everytime I ride which is just little 100-200 mile trips at a time. So it doesnt take that long. With the amount of riding you do I can see it would require some time to keep stuff clean.

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I wiped my rear down as well while everything is apart. I threw the fricking shop rags away.

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