How to Clean a Motorcycle Chain on Your Motocross Bike

4 Steps To a Clean Chain

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First thing. Never, never, never use a pressure washer to clean your chain! Pressurized water will kill a chain faster than you can imagine. Stay away from your chain with that pressure washer, clean and lubricate your chain regularly (after every ride) and your chain and sprockets will last significantly longer. With just a few products and 20 minutes of your time, you will have your chain looking shiny and new!

Here’s how we do it :

Start with a can of MAXIMA CleanUp Degreaser, your favorite chain lube, a nylon bristle nail brush, chemical resistant nitrile gloves, a garden hose connected to the spigot and some clean rags.

1. Set your bike up on a stand so the rear wheel is free to spin. While turning the wheel, spray the inside of your entire chain with a good coating of CleanUp and let it sit for a few minutes. Use the master link as a guide to start and stop.

2. Put on some gloves, take the nail brush and fill the bristles with spray from the CleanUp, begin gently scrubbing the chain on the top of your swing arm using the nail brush.

Do this for the entire length of the chain. Now do the same thing for the inside of the chain.

This should all take about 5 minutes. After you have finished with the chain, spend a few minutes cleaning both sides of the rear sprocket. Let this soak for 5 minutes.

3. Now take a hose and rinse the entire chain, it’s crazy how well the CleanUp works. Continue with washing the rest of your bike or using a compressor at no more than 50psi carefully blow the chain dry. Take a new, clean rag and wipe any residual moisture from the chain.

Your chain should look something like this when you have finished.

4. Using your favorite chain lube, ours is Maxima Chain Wax, spin the wheel backward slowly and spray the inside of your chain on the inside of the links.

After coating the inside, coat the edges.

Take your left hand and distribute the lube to the outside of the links while slowly spinning the wheel with your right hand. Let stand for 30 minutes and you are ready to hit it!

One more thing, never place your hands into the chain area with the motor running! It just isn’t a good idea…