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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:14 pm 
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Does anyone here use an automatic chain oiler like the Scott oiler?
Are their lubes compatible with O-ring chains?
If not, which oils would be compatible?
I'm thinking I'd like to install an auto chain oiler where the AIS pump used to be.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:42 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:01 am 
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I've got a Loobman I'll sell you cheap if you really want one (it's semi-automatic so you don't need a FFA license ;) ). But IMO they are godawful messy devices that you don't need unless maybe you're going on an Iron Butt Ultimate Coast-to-Coast Challenge or something.

Most people use common chain oil in them like you can get any place that sells chain saws. I don't think it will hurt o-rings but probably doesn't do much to protect them either. A few just use motor oil. The Scott Oiler folks sell a special formula they claim is better (it's a good bit more expensive naturally).


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:38 am 
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The o-ring chain keeps the chain's factory lube inside the pins and rollers. The lube you apply keeps the sprockets and the outside of the chain rollers lubed and the outside of the chain rust free. The heavy duty sticky/dry spray lubes do a fine job and work best for me if I wait until returning home to hike up on a stand, roll the rear wheel and spray it down (both outside and inside sideplates) while warm. I do this over a cardboard to catch the drips overnight and it is ready to go next ride.
BTW, I like to wipe down the rear wheel after the spray down spiff it up a bit. The bit of overspray helps the clean up.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:31 am 
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gcrank1 wrote:
The o-ring chain keeps the chain's factory lube inside the pins and rollers. The lube you apply keeps the sprockets and the outside of the chain rollers lubed and the outside of the chain rust free. ...


Your procedure is exactly what I do. Only comment I would add is that some spray-on lubes such as PJ1 claim that they are formulated to actually help preserve o-rings not just "do no harm." Their founder/guru PJ Harvey also asserts some aerosol products may employ a "carrier" (stuff that makes it thin enough to spray but is supposed to evaporate) which can actually harm the o-rings. Of course, his opinion of what you should use would be not be slanted in any way :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:46 pm 
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I use Maxima chain wax on all my chain drive bikes. Works good and no fling off black goo everywhere . Lots to be said for my bmw shaftie though, no chain maintenance is nice. Just 90w gear oil like a car. Cheers.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:53 pm 
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I should also mention that periodically, when my chains get looking grungy, I sop a grease rag with ATF and spin the wheel backwards by hand holding the rag on the chain sides at the bottom of the rear sprocket. This keeps the rag and your fingers from being sucked in between the sprocket and chain while cleaning the grunge off.
Let it drip 'dry' then wipe with a clean rag and spray on the o-ring friendly lube.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:08 am 
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I've been using Motul off road O-ring chain lube.
It goes on white and turns into a thick black mess.
Sticks to rims like super glue

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:27 pm 
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A little petrol or mineral spirits/parts cleaner on a rag will cut it, even WD40, but it is way pricey for that.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 2:02 pm 
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gcrank1 wrote:
A little petrol or mineral spirits/parts cleaner on a rag will cut it, even WD40, but it is way pricey for that.


I used your Dexron on a rag method and took it a step further.
I cleaned/lubed the chain with it.
Then, I used it to remove the Motol chain lube goop from the rear rim.
I cleaned the tire and rim afterward with some hand/surface cleaner wipes that I use to clean off everything on the bike.

Time to get back on it and relearn how to ride.

That, and clean the tank and try to pull the dent out.

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