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Old 27 May 2007
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Chain cleaning

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Any reason why I cant use Hyper-Clean engine degreasant for cleaning my DID O-Ring chain?

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bit harsh in my opinion...

Just use parafin with a soft brush dry it off and apply a FINE coat of WD40. Always works for me...Summer or Winter...no rust, clean, cheap stuff.

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Perhaps a cynical answer!!

Matt,

Isn't it supposed to be all to do with the effect on the O or X rings? If we believe the blurb, the rings should not come into contact with any amount of types of cleaners or lubricants - on the other hand, if that helps to sell more cleaning products & spray on oils/greases then that cannot be a bad thing for the manufacturers, can it?

Certainly agree, that Paraffin will clean most things!

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Don't use a strong commercial degreasant, some will get past the o rings, and the rings will prevent chain lube getting back in. you will end up with the o rings running dry and breaking up. Parrafin is better, However I swear by diesel, It does have lubricant properties, but will dissolve crud beautifully.
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Thanks guys,

I didn't have any paraffin so tried diesel and it worked a treat!

Thanks for your input everyone, you may have saved me from a disintegrating chain far from home!

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Question Never tried Diesel

So, do we leave the diesel on the chain because it has lubricant properties? (or does it need to be removed before lubing the chain?)

If the diesel stays insitu, does the chain need more lubricant to be added and how is the diesel for fling-off when riding?

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Wipe off the diesel after cleaning the chain, then lube it.
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I just turn up the Scottoiler to high or prime and give it a good dose. Comes up lovely with no effort or hassle and the chain loves it.
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"I just turn up the Scottoiler to high or prime and give it a good dose. Comes up lovely with no effort or hassle and the chain loves it"

Same experience here. Since I started using a chain oiler regularly all of the black grime that coated the chain - particularly the side plates - has gone without manually cleaning it at all.
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