Chain lubrication

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Chain lubrication

Postby oily boot » Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:37 am

Just a quick question, with all the problems of primary chain case oil leaks why car'nt we use normal chain lubricant the type you put on the main drive chain which works even when it is exposed to the elements, unlike the primary chain which is protected from dust and dirt, anyone tried it? Which is the best main chain lub.

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Re: Chain lubrication

Postby Welsh Wizard » Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:51 am

Depends on what type of clutch you have, some can run dry, others can't , a lot of the vintage bikes from the late 60's and 70's have kits that change them to belt drive, which needs a dry type clutch being fitted as part of the conversion kit.
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Re: Chain lubrication

Postby Tman » Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:31 pm

oily boot wrote:Just a quick question, with all the problems of primary chain case oil leaks why car'nt we use normal chain lubricant the type you put on the main drive chain which works even when it is exposed to the elements, unlike the primary chain which is protected from dust and dirt, anyone tried it? Which is the best main chain lub.
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A common way of decreasing "oily garage floor" syndrome on old bikes with tin chaincases is to put no oil in there and give it some chain lube before a run out. It works fine, and there's probably no lube much better than any others, so take your pick.
You may have a problem as some of the really old cork clutches will burn if you like to slip the clutch excessively over a long period, but I've never had any problems.
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Re: Chain lubrication

Postby oily boot » Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:43 am

Thanks for the reply guys The bike in question is a 58 A10. The only point of concern with this idea of using chain lube only was the clutch? But as you say been working ok so will give it a go.

Just another point rear chain adjustment is it carried out with the bike stood on the ground car under weight or on center stand?

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