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    Seafoam for chain cleaning

    Just a random tip in case it hasn't been mentioned or stumbled upon prior.

    Seafoam is brilliant for chain cleaning. I pulled the chain off for part of spring maintenance and it was the most likely "already have it in the garage" candidate to soak the chain in while I did other stuff. Dumped what was left of the can in a tray that was just big enough to hold the coiled chain, came back an hour or so later and there was a layer of sludge that had settled before I even brushed it. Gave it a brush and rinse in the Seafoam bath, wiped it down, then slathered a coat of Motul chain paste, wiped off the excess, and it feels like brand new.

    It's my new favorite chain cleaner without a doubt. No word on how the o-rings will fare long term just yet.
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    Try gasoline or kerosene. A helluva lot cheaper than Seafoam.
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    That's usually the plan, but had nothing readily available except a jug of 2-smoke mix that has been growing dust in a corner for several years. Honestly though, I think Seafoam works better than the diesel/kero I usually go for by a pretty good margin. It's definitely not the cheapest option, but I poured the top/non-sludge layer back into a container and will probably re-use it next cleaning.
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    I reuse kerosene. Between uses (weeks!) I let it set and all the dirt goes to the bottom and I can gently pour off the clean kerosene reclaiming 90% to 95%.
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    Thanks for the seafoam tip!
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    How many times do you chain cleaners re-use your master link's circlip before replacement? Kind of parallels the question of how many times one can re-use drain plug, drain plug gasket, timing chain cover gasket, oil filter housing gasket, & oil filter housing bolt's o-ring. All these things have a finite life that gets shortened with use and abuse.
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    As long as it's not been deformed in any way I'll reuse a chain clip. I will also clean and repaint it to have a start/stop point for lubing.
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    Great tip...I'll start doing this!

    Quote Originally Posted by Xracer View Post
    As long as it's not been deformed in any way I'll reuse a chain clip. I will also clean and repaint it to have a start/stop point for lubing.
    I "invested" in a master link removal tool for 6 bucks. Think pliers with a specially ground tip. Less bending & stress on master-link clips than small screwdrivers.

    Also, I very seldom remove the chain for cleaning. That's mainly because my off-road riding is (unfortunately) mostly paved or prepped dirt & caliche roads and "baby" trails. No mud or deep stuff.

    My bike stays pretty clean anyway, but I found a chain cleaner I really like.
    I get "DuPont Chain & Sprocket Degreaser" at Wally World for ~$3.50 for a 11 OZ. aerosol can. Safe for all chains.
    Spray it on, wait 60 sec. then wipe off or scrub with a bristle-brush if needed, then wipe down with rag. No rinse water needed or recommended. Does a great job!

    Then apply chain lube. Like engine oil, everyone has their own "Best in the World!!" recommendations. Mine is "Silkolene ProChain Synthetic Chain Lube". It is recommended for all chains, goes on water thin for full penetration, then sets-up to a thin, dry waxy surface that won't sling-off. I think any brand-name synthetic lube would do the same.

    "A clean, lubed, loose chain is a Happy Chain!"
    (Not TOO loose, of course!)
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