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How do I recondition an old ATV chain ?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by riz, Apr 26, 2002.

  1. riz

    riz 3/4 ton status

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    <font color=blue> I just bought a new D.I.D. x-ring gold chain for my Polaris Sport 400L and want to keep my old one as a back up chain .......... How can I recondition it so it can be used for this ? Do I soak it in anything ? Is there something I shouldn't put it in for fear that I will ruin the o-rings ? Any help would be great ! Thanks !
     
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    Don't use WD40 or any other rust cutter it will eat the rubber o-rings. Seal it in a ziplock freezer bag with o-ring chain lube. Put the bag with the chain in a box and consider it stored. Just a thought.
     
  3. riz

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    <font color=blue> What brand of o-ring chain lube ? Is there agood one out there ? Just let it soak in the freezer bag is all ?
     
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    I used to use Maxxima Chain Lube on my 250R before I sold it. Worked great
     
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    <font color=blue> Thanks guys ! I'l use both of your ideas !
     
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    Dont half-ass it, buy a new chain. dont buy o-ring unless u race.

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    <font color=blue> Did you read my original post ????? It sounds like you didn't ??
     
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    <blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr>

    dont buy o-ring unless u race

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    Don't buy anything but o-ring unless you're just gonna sell the machine. I had a new non-o-ring chain put on my 86TRX 125 about a year and a half ago. I always ride the thing to it's limits, but it has a severly ragged out motor and it's no where near powerful enough to be very hard on parts. Anyway, since then I've adjusted the chain all the way out and now it's stretched to the point where I'm gonna have to take a link out and the links have alot of play in them too. O-ring chains hold their lube way better and don't stretch nearly as much. If you ride hard or ride through any water or mud, then there's absolutly no reason not to buy an o-ring chain.
     
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    Hey Nitro, you in the chain business? j/k
     
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    Hey Riz, one more thing....If you want to lube an oring chain right...read on. Applying lube to the outside of an oring chain does little more than collect dirt and sand (by design). If you want to get oil into the recess between the links you can clean the chain up really well, submerse it in lube in a metal pan (like a shallow bread pan or similar), and heat it up to about 200*f. This will make the air (trapped between the orings) expand and bubble to the top (while thinning the lube)....then let the pan cool down to room temp and the cooling will create a vacuum (between the orings) and suck the lube into the recesses. you can do this a couple times if you are real particular about the chain. When you are done, throw a lid on the pan and store it for next time. Just a thought, hope it helps.
     
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    <font color=blue> That's quite the process, but I'll give it a shot ! What are your opinions on x-ring chains ?
     
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    Honestly I don't know that much about them. I just read some brief blurbs about them on the net. They "seem" like they would rock, but I have no real world experience to back it up, just hype, haha. Good luck.
     
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    <font color=blue> I guess I'll let you know then how the x-ring chains are once I start to run mine for a while .
     
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    No, just personal experiences from when i raced...

    NITRO
     
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    Thought he was back, didn't ya?
     

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