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DaleJrFan
08-21-2004, 09:24 AM
Is wd-40 safe for o-ring chains?

47501exracer
08-21-2004, 09:32 AM
No it isn't. It dries out the rubbers and can deterioriate in the long run. WD-40 can be used on a non-Oring chain. Stick with the good stuff for Orings.

DaleJrFan
08-21-2004, 09:49 AM
that is what i thought too but some guys at the dunes said it is best for the sand, i think i will stick to the good stuff though-thanx

KY Woods Rider
08-22-2004, 03:43 AM
There are people on both sides of this issue. I happen to be one of the ones that says it's fine. I don't use it all the time though, but any time I know it's going to be really dusty I use WD-40 instead of chain lube because the WD-40 doesn't attract dust and dirt to the chain as badly. My opinion is that I'd rather have the WD-40 on my o-rings than a bunch of dirt getting ground into my chain and sprockets.

08-22-2004, 07:38 AM
Myself and all of team quadshop use WD-40 on our O-ring chains. Most chain lubes are thick and draw crap to the chain and keep it there. WD-40 doesn't do this. Plus changing out your chain and sprocket 1 time a year if you ride hard is a good idea anyway.

badass300ex
08-23-2004, 07:48 PM
Ive used WD-40 for years and never had a problem. Chain lube is just to messy and gets all over the place.

badass300ex
08-23-2004, 07:48 PM
Ive used WD-40 for years and never had a problem. Chain lube is just to messy and gets all over the place.

AAAirbooorn
08-24-2004, 09:31 PM
Is there an echo in here???:devil: :devil:

bradley300
08-25-2004, 10:50 AM
Originally posted by Rico
Myself and all of team quadshop use WD-40 on our O-ring chains. Most chain lubes are thick and draw crap to the chain and keep it there. WD-40 doesn't do this. Plus changing out your chain and sprocket 1 time a year if you ride hard is a good idea anyway.

i thought that was LUBE your chain once a year, maybe thats my problem:confused:

JRDrider22
08-25-2004, 03:17 PM
wattttttt

i use wd 40 for my o ring as well. i also change my sprokets and chain in the winter. i hate chain lube because all the dirt sticks to it

DaleJrFan
08-26-2004, 11:11 PM
after riding hard today in some mud,i sprayed wd40 on my chain and all that red clay and crap fell right off that chain lube had drawn to it. cleaned the bike up and lubed it w/wd40 again and to me it looks like its twice as good than chain lube.

RIDER11X
08-27-2004, 12:22 AM
WD-40 is also great if you get a set of stiff links in your chain, as it helps free them up. It has so many good uses on a quad, like as a water displacer on electrical items, and as a mud release film.

TC426EX
08-27-2004, 08:08 AM
Ive been usuing WD40 on o rings for a long time and I personally dont think anythings better. I WAS using the "good" chain lube and the wax too and will never use it again. As others have said, it attracts dirt and cakes it on there. And if you get some overspray on your swingarm and rear end, forget about it, Cinderella wont be able to scrub it off for you....

Pappy
08-27-2004, 08:28 AM
after i wash my quad the entire thing is coated in good ol' WD-40 including the chain. sure makes clean up a snap after you ride again

jja125
08-27-2004, 09:36 AM
yeah i coat basically everything on my quad with wd40 after washing it, then no mud really sticks to anything. learned that from some sprint car guys a long time ago.

FatBoy Racing
08-27-2004, 02:33 PM
just a thought here, but does anybody know if something like tri-flow would work as well as WD40, without the issue with the o-rings? I think tri-flow is teflon based, but I'll have to check. Any thoughts here?

FatBoy Racing
08-27-2004, 02:45 PM
I just looked at the sites for WD40 and Tri-Flow, and they both claim that their products are safe for use on rubber, so go figure. I've had the same troubles using chain lube/wax, so I'm gonna give the WD40 a 'shot'.

Have fun!

j4rdemotox
09-02-2004, 11:00 PM
I like to use silicone chain lube. It does not seem to gum up as bad. I also use just a silicone spray lube. on my chain & on my frame. The silicone spay will waterproof and prevent rust & corrosion. Also nice to spay on you electrical. You can get it @ any hardware store. I do alot of riding @ Pismo and the spay helps protect my 400, truck, & toy box.
3-IN-One is the brand I use. Mainly because it is a little cheaper than most brands.

quadrider400
09-03-2004, 03:06 AM
FWIW.... I use tri-flow on the chain and WD-40 on everything else after clean up ..... however if I know I am going to by in lots of water then I will go with a regular chain wax.....

NJ honda
08-06-2005, 11:58 PM
LOTS AND LOTS OF THE WD...ive used it on my bikes and now my brand new 400.....spray it on the chain,frame,platics and anything else u like to stay safe and clean....

mx8
08-11-2005, 07:20 PM
Originally posted by KY Woods Rider
There are people on both sides of this issue. I happen to be one of the ones that says it's fine. I don't use it all the time though, but any time I know it's going to be really dusty I use WD-40 instead of chain lube because the WD-40 doesn't attract dust and dirt to the chain as badly. My opinion is that I'd rather have the WD-40 on my o-rings than a bunch of dirt getting ground into my chain and sprockets.

How do you like your honda forman. I am thinking of trading my 03 400ex in on one. Have any problems with it yet. Thanks for the info.

DvxDirtSlinger
08-12-2005, 11:27 PM
wow, maybe im an idoit, i just use axle grease and coat my chain with it, i do coat everything minus the plastic chain and engine with wd, nothing really sticks to it. i also learned that from the sprint car guys. some of them use wd when they put on decals, they can move the decals around and place them wherever they need to be and then when the wd drys they stick

benbuilt4u
08-21-2005, 05:06 PM
wd-40 works great on rubber. i use it on chains and for mounting tires installing hoses stopping rust. i go through alot of it and never had a complaint.

JR3
08-24-2005, 08:24 PM
doesnt wd40 contain some kerosen (sp)

Trevor
08-25-2005, 06:40 AM
I never tryed it but I guess I will have to give ita try. I use tire cleaner on my plastics and it makes them look like new you don't see the small scratches.

chevy19
09-07-2005, 09:33 PM
Yea just go with the wd 40 and get rid of jr.(hes out of the points now go cry)

F-16Guy
09-11-2005, 12:49 AM
You don't really need to "lube" an o-ring chain, they are internally lubricated. What you are looking for is a corrosion barrier. I like stuff like Chain Wax. If you put it on fairly carefully and let it dry, it's not too messy, and it will stay on the chain for a long time.

RIDER11X
09-11-2005, 01:10 AM
From experiance, Chain Wax does nothing for displacing water, or preventing corrosion. I've never seen WD 40 hurt orings at all in one season............I use WD-40 on pneumatic (air)cylinders and switches at work all the time to lube the o-rings, and no problems at all.

crazycray200
09-11-2005, 09:32 AM
hi there im not sure that wd-40 affects the o-rings in the chain (i all ways use belray chainlube but get the clear lube cause the white one is a mess) but when you clean your quad spray it in pro-clean after you have washed the mud off and when its dry soak the plastics and engine in wd-40 it makes your quad look new!!!

DaleJrFan
09-11-2005, 05:51 PM
wow, i started this thread a year ago and it still hanging around!! well in the last year, i have awnsered my own question. wd-40 is the best thing you can use-in my opinion. there are several of us who ride together that all have tried other things and wd-40 seems to be the best all around chain lube.

MadMan400ex
09-20-2005, 04:02 PM
the wd in wd40 stands for water displacement, which is what it does really well, it displaces water. it is great to use after a ride to rinse the crap off of your LUBED chain.

as for the exact question you asked: wd40 is a great choice; if your other choice is nothing at all. chain lube made specifically for o-ring chains is made and sold for a reason. it is the best stuff to lube your chain with. if wd40 was the answer to all lubing needs, the lube specific companies would go out of business because wd40 is alot cheaper. go to the web sites of some of the manufacturers of chain lube and you can find tests of how their products will extend the life of your chain.

QuadJunkies
09-21-2005, 01:19 AM
isnt WD-40 a De-Greaser???