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Does anyone on here jet wash their chain , I'm having a bit of a barney with some riders that jet wash it .
Does it not force in the water into the links and compromise the seals.
 

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a power washer is a weapon of mass destruction in the wrong hands . :lol:
 

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I personally never jet wash or hose down the chain.
Use paraffin with a small brush, or keep the chain well oiled.
 

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Although keeping the visible surfaces clean and lubricated is fairly important, the key surfaces are inside the rollers. In the old days - before O ring/ X ring chains - we used to clear thoroughly and immerse in a tub of molten grease (heated up in the kitchen!) Some off-road bikes still use this type of chain especially for use in sand. Jet washing non-O-ring chain is fine if you immerse in molten grease afterwards.

For O ring chains, the inner surfaces are greased for life, so your number 1 priority it to preserve the rings. Apart from a drop of oil to allow them the links to flex, they need to be left alone. In my experience, even brushing the link with approved solvent reduces their life. I would guess jet-washing could also damage the rings or force water inside. If links look superficially dirty, i recommend smothering in oil and going for a high-speed run. The centrifugal effect will fling the dirt off. Or better still, just turn a blind eye!
 

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On my offroad bikes i've taken then them off and soaked them overnight in parafin or deisel then blown them out with an air line and refitted them. Never cleaned a road bike chain in my life for the simple reason they never get dirty enough to warrant it.
 

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Did the off-road chains have a O ring?
 

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That's exactly the advice I gave the people but they only want to hear what they want to hear.
Oh well there's none as daft as folk.
Thanks for taking the time guys :thumbup:
 

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IMHO only a complete fool would attempt this. Jet wash grit in and o rings out at the same time. Great idea.
:D Never a truer word....
 
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