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    Exclamation [Technical] How to clean your dirty chain.



    Hi guys. Now that i'm riding a TA200 myself, i came to realise many Phantom riders had their chain, chain stay and wheel extremely dirty and mucky. Even myself, though not as bad, is very dirty too, black oil patches all over the wheel. Recently i decided to clean the chain and the wheel(rim). Mine is quite a shorter version because i did not use a tooth brush, i only used a rag to wipe things off. While doing so, i've made a video as well. It isnt' very clear but at least you can roughly gauge how to do it.



    Disclaimer: The jacking up of your bike is to be done at your own discretion. I won't hold any responsibility should any mishap happen. The reason for the jack is that the rear wheel has to be free rolling in order for me to clean it, no point for me to keep pushing the bike forward/backwards while cleaning as that will take ages.

    Self tried and tested: Dipping some kerosene on a piece of tissue works ALOT better than using Cif detergent, when removing oil from your rim and surround area. Initially i used Cif, but a had a hard time trying to wash off all the soap and there are still oil patches remaining at some spots.
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    Nice effort. WD40, GT80, kerosene works great on cleaning rim because dirt on rim is mainly made up of greasy flings from chain and road dust. Soap, detergent wont be as effective on grease.

     

     
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    Quote Originally Posted by KwanYu View Post
    Nice effort. WD40, GT80, kerosene works great on cleaning rim because dirt on rim is mainly made up of greasy flings from chain and road dust. Soap, detergent wont be as effective on grease.
    Thanks. Another would be degreaser agent, but they aren't as cheap as kerosene. Btw when working on my chain cleaning method, do it with EXTREME care. When the bike is propped up, the entire bike's weight rest on the jack and side stand. Should the side stand give way, your bike will come toppling down instantly and there is a risk of you getting crushed. However, currently that's the best method i had to prop the rear wheel up for cleaning. Those racing bike stands won't work because the exhaust pipe is in the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark_135 View Post
    Thanks. Another would be degreaser agent, but they aren't as cheap as kerosene. Btw when working on my chain cleaning method, do it with EXTREME care. When the bike is propped up, the entire bike's weight rest on the jack and side stand. Should the side stand give way, your bike will come toppling down instantly and there is a risk of you getting crushed. However, currently that's the best method i had to prop the rear wheel up for cleaning. Those racing bike stands won't work because the exhaust pipe is in the way.
    great that u actually put in effort in using kerosene.. cos i always find using kerosene messy and dont have a proper place to store it at work where i clean my chain..
    im actually much more lazy so usually wipe down the chain with old newspapers first before i find an old tshirt (i hv countless) to wipe down the chain.. not totally clean but it does work when yr in a hurry!

    anyway, ah chong taught before to lift up the rear wheel by jacking up the exhaust, near the bolt securing the exhaust to the bike body.
    it would be definitely more stable with a wider base this way if u are worried that the bike will topple..
    operate a vehicle in a way that you benefit other road users pls - and meanwhile, stop whining! be responsible and be safe.

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    double posted..
    operate a vehicle in a way that you benefit other road users pls - and meanwhile, stop whining! be responsible and be safe.

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    Yup last tym i also jack at the exhaust thr, at the joint between the head and rear "can", if u get wat i mean. At least at the joint it wont slip away.
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