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pjcharlesworth

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Gear Oil as Chain Lube

Hi all,

Can anyone please tell me if you actually use gear oil to lube your bike chain (which is what the owners manual says)? I am finding that the Motul Chain Lube Road that I currently use is working out very expensive at £8.50 a can!

Any other recommended alternatives that may be a bit cheaper or better, and maybe a bit less messy?

 

Thank you.

 

Paul.

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fogie

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fogie says:

chain lube

I bought a gallon of chainsaw oil, quite a few years ago..only a few quid,. does the job, and should see me out.  :lol: Use whatever you have handy, no need to pay a fortune.

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

chain lube

Gear oil is ok,i used it for years.I applied it with a 1/2" brush with the bristles chopped in half (stiffer).

Also you can only put one layer on (thin) not two.

In winter i brushed the side plates with grease to prevent a rusted surface.

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pjcharlesworth

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fogie

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fogie says:

halfords oil

That would be fine........ but Halfords ain't cheap. Try a local motor factors. 

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

gear oil

EP 80s/90s,

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CARLUBE-1L-Differential-gear-oil-80W-90-VW-PASSAT-84-05-/300737025046?pt=UK_Vehicle_Oils_Lubricants_Fluids&hash=item460552d416#ht_1788wt_1328

Why pay for the name,also delivered to your door.

Also as fogie says,he`s not as daft as he looks.:blink:

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AdieR

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AdieR says:

Don't know

what your bike is or the chain it uses, my Yamaha book states chain lube or engine oil.

If your manual states gear oil is OK, then its probably worth a go.

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eatcs01

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eatcs01 says:

Chain lube

I use engine oil on my O-Ring chain. I dispense it from an old fairy liquid bottle.

O-Ring chains only need a thin trickle of oil, as you aren't actually lubing the bearings, you are just keeping the rubber seals supple.

If there is any fling, it wipes off the wheel/bodywork easily, unlike chain lube.

I use OLD engine oil, as it's basically FREE. I have loads left after every service :biggrin:

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pjcharlesworth

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Thanks for the responses

Thank you for all the replies. I have got some 80/90 gear oil, and have cut down a paint brush to apply it. I will give it a go the next time I need to lube my chain.

It's incredible on this forum that total strangers can take the time to respond to my questions! Thanks again!

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

strangers

We are all brothers and sisters and idiots for riding bikes on todays roads.:wacko:

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eatcs01

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eatcs01 says:

oil

Make sure you don't leave too much on. If you do, it can fling onto your tyre and have you off.

I've been there, done that, got the bruises :ph43r:

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