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What is the easiest/best way/product to get the oil and crud off of the swing arm from chain wax, and the excess grease that flys around under the bike at such a high rate of speed? Some areas you can't of course get into, so a good solavent that won't damage paint/aluminum would be great. (Example, behind the shift lever where the chain wax flys around. Thanks in advance!
 

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I have used simple green with pretty good results on the swingarm and under the rear plastics. I don't have any build up by the front sprocket, so no help there, but brake clean would most likley work. That chain wax stuff is really messy, some brands claim it won't fling off, but every one I've ever used always did. I normally just use kerosene or diesel fuel to clean/lubricate the chain, it seems to be o-ring friendly and works quite well. I just soak it for a while, then let it hang so the excess drips off before putting it back on the bike.
 

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Buy a can of brake cleaner from a local auotparts store. clean the mud off, then spray it directly onto the crud, and wash it off.
 

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I use spray nine, Goo gone or lock de-icer. Just spray a little on a rag and it'll rub right off. I used all this stuff to clean the rims on my superbike too. I wouldn't spray it directly on the chain though
 

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The easy way to avoid this problem is to stop using those types of products on your chain. The o-rings seal out the lube your applying anyway and really only hold dirt to accellerate chain/sprocket wear. I spray my chains with WD-40 after I wash the quad to displace the water and prevent any rust. That's all you need on an o-ring chain.
 

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I'll go along with Ringmaster on the Simple Green type degreasers. Along with an $80 pressure washer from Menard's the quad cleans up very quick and easy. Tri-flow lube for your chain and idler doesn't hardly let anything stick at all.
 

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WD-40 will crack your o-rings i use handa pro chain lube from the local handa shop works great and dont sling **** all over every thang
 

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WD-40 will not damage the o-rings, I have used it for many years without any problem...
 

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I've always used Engine degreaser and its always been just spray on, leave it for a bit, then wash it right off without any scrubbing or anything. Seems to work the best.
 

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pitman: you are way wrong. Sorry but WD-40 will not damage O-rings. Brinker You are wrong also. Brake cleaner eats the **** out of O-Rings not unless it's BIO. Sorry but O-Rings are'nt made out of the same (mat) that brakes parts are. Modquad: You are way wrong, or at least from reading your post (Modguad) only. You do'nt spray your O-RINGS with the part-washer. It just blows the dirt and water under the O-Rings. I hope not?
? (1) Simple green
? (2) Same as one
Not a (?) I use dry chain lube when I ride in the (well dry) sand.
I use wet chain lube when I ride in the mud.
I'll rinse my chain off with hose water if muddy, than spray it with WD-40, than with a clean rag. I'll wipe it off, and spray it again. And wipe it again. Then after it's clean I'll spray it with my choice of spray lube.
Remember: The chain is how you get power to the rear wheels. Without the right care, you just lose H.P.
Thanks Chilly
Sh*t I might as well akk this: jsyi you are wrong: HA HA HA Not unless it's BIO
Later
 

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So no one is confused, I know how to take care of my chain, I'm wanting what most are sugesting, how to clean the excess grease and fling off FROM the chain onto the quad/engine. Thanks all for the sugestions!!
 

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OK, mineral spirits....
 

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Um, Chilly, tell me where in my post I said to spray your chain with degreaser? If you use a product called Tri-flow, you won't have to clean your chain. Teflon based, and o-ring safe, it cuts down extremely on the amount of grit that hangs on to your chain. FOR CLEANING THE REST OF YOUR QUAD...BESIDES the chain, the Simple Green type degreasers work great. Followed by the 3M Marine protectant. Here ends the spelling and grammar lesson for the day.
 

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(modquad)only. You do'nt spray your O-RINGS with the part-washer.


This was the ? I asked. nothing about you using a degreaser.
But hey, thanks for the spelling and grammar lesson Ha Ha
later
 

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lol, panties are getting bunched up again! Thanks for all the ideas ppl, great to hear different sugestion. Also, mod, great article in the mag about factory add ons! On great thing about good forums, we all get the inside scoop on what's good or not, and people at different mags DO listen and care what we all have to say.
 

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Yea, so I left the grunts in the dryer too long again! :D Can you say constrictive? Thanks for the comments, it helps when you have an editor who cares about racers and performance quads.
 

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Chilly, I never stated to spray the O-rings, the original question was to "How to clean my swingarm." I still stick by my earlier statement as to brake cleaner being able to get rid of grease and smudge.
 
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