HOW TO PROPERLY
PREP YOUR CHAIN
and setup are key
>Some 40 years ago this very magazine ran a story called “How to Oil Your Chain.” At
that time, dirt bikes were air-cooled,
drum-braked, dual-shocked and suffered the growing pains typical of a
new motorized sport. Things broke.
Parts were cheap. Manufacturing was
inconsistent. But, the sport has since
evolved. In 1976 we had chains that
stretched like rubber bands, and our
basic maintenance was a hard-core
wire-scrub brush job, and then a good
soaking in a tub of old engine oil.
The advancements in technology
have been stunning. Today’s chains
on OE machines are quite excellent,
and the aftermarket offers everything
from motocross models (where weight
and tensile strength are key) to O-ring/
X-ring chains that target off-roaders
who ride in a muddy world where the
driveline is constantly abused by both
torque and weather conditions.
The elements play
a huge role in the
longevity of your
chain. Both water
and mud will wreak
havoc and require
WD- 40 may be effective in doing a lot of great things, but it is not a chain lubricant!
Maxima offers a great chain kit with a chain cleaner, penetrant and a lubricant that
will help with your chain’s life.
Used and abused, an O-ring chain will not tolerate
a lack of prep. When the internal pins start rusting
and get grit in them, the engine’s torque will ruin