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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-27-2012, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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I bought my 2006 with only about 4700 miles on it but one thing that's a bit disconcerting is that the chain is a bit rusty. I know the bike was kept outside (in Seattle so you know it got more than a little wet) but I'm wondering if it needs replacing. I've done the other stuff - oil change, new Pirelli's, new plugs, carb clean, etc and have cleaned/lubed the chain a couple times, but the rust isn't wearing off.

Any thoughts would be most appreciated!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-27-2012, 06:16 PM
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I've never really had a rusty chain, but what I usual do is scrub it down with some hot water with alittle bit of simple green. Dry with a rag. Take the bike for a ride to warm up the chain then lube it up. All done. Not sure if it will work on the rust.

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Do what Cracker7 said first, but I would replace it if I were you. The last thing you want is to be riding and for the chain to get stuck

New chains go on ebay for around $30.

Now, it's recommended that you also replace the sprockets with a new chain, but your bike doesn't have too many miles. I would just check the sprockets for any rust and give them a good clean when installing the new chain.



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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-28-2012, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies guys - I'll give the cleaning a shot but I'm guessing that even if you think you might need to replace it, you probably should. Good to know about the sprockets, didn't even think of that.
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I normally clean my chain with WD40 and a old toothbrush haha works pretty good

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WD40 is fine for cleaning, but not for lubing. Make sure you lube the chain every 600 miles or so with chain lube ($4-$6 at Wal-Mart in the Auto section). Just make sure it's safe for o-ring chains.

This will ensure that your chain has more longevity. I've got 16,000 miles on my bike and still have the original chain because of this. Probably gonna need to replace it within the next year, but it's been nice that it's made it this long



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Same here, I believe I still have the stock chain and close to 13k miles now. I'll probably get a new chain before I put on my 43 tooth rear sprocket

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-28-2012, 04:22 PM
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As tadster00 stated, it's probably better to just get a new chain and sprocket. And if you can afford it, get an x-ring chain over an o-ring chain. By design it will stay cleaner and give you even longer life.

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