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Ok, this is not for a dirtbike but a chain is a chain. I purchased a 1985 Honda ATC 200x (three wheeler) which I will be giving to my father for Christmas this year. Every part on it is original including the oring chain. The machaine is in overal outstanding condition but needs a good cleaning to be perfect. I am going to tear it down to the frame and clean the whole thing. My question is how would you recomend cleaning the chain with out destroying 23 year old orings. There are no marks on the chain adjuster bolts so I do not think the chain has ever been adjusted since assembly in 1985. There is quite a bit of gunk and crap caked on it so Im sure I will have to soak it in some kind of solution to break down the stuff thats on it now. Any sudgestion would be great, thanks!
 
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IndyYZ85 said:
Buy a new chain...
The whole purpose of purchasing this bike is because its all original and Im going to keep it that way. When my father was teaching me how to ride this is the exact same ATC he had bought brand new in 1985. This machine will hardley be ridden, its more of a sentimental gift. I just want it to look as nice as possible with out destroying things with chemicals. My mother had a 1984 ATC 200ES (Big Red) and that will be the next one to get when I can find one.
 

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76GMC1500 said:
I wouldn't consider replacing the chain altering the originality of a bike.

Considering the chain is a wear item, I wouldn't either.

Not replacing a 22 year old chain is just crazy.
 
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If you had an all original 69 Mustang, would you consider changing the belts on it altering the originality? Get a new chain.
 
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I understand replacing the chain would be best. If it were to be used by me I would replace the chain and sprockets as a set. I know for the rest of the machines life it will see no more than 50 hours. Im just trying to figure out what chemical is recomended to clean an oring chain with out destroying the orings. One person claimes wd-40 as an option, any others? And to answer the question about the gas and oil, no its not original, but the break fluid appears to be and so does the air filter.
 

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I wouldn't feel comfortable putting my dad on a machine with a 22 year old chain, if I knew I could replace it and have the security knowing that it's not going to break and be a potential to injure him.

But, you can do whatever you like.
 
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#11
If your intent on using the stock chain, then WD would be a good option. White lithium is also good but I'm not sure if it would eat away at the orings. I've always used it on bushings and such but some people have mentioned that the chemical base of it tends to eat away at stuff like that.

Hell, WD it and see how that helps. You may need something stronger though if it's as bad as you say. But I dont see the chain lasting too long. Run it till it breaks.
 
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the chain is not bad, its just got gunk on it like most chains do, I want to clean it making it look new. I would say this thing has about 40-50 hours of use on it. Its not wore out and the sprockets are fine.
 
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#13
A 20 year old chain? The o-rings are probably dried out, shrunk, and otherwise non-functional anyways.
 
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#14
.....At least hell get some good excersise when it breaks in the middle of nowhere........

...and I for one would change the belts on an 'ol mustang...breaking down sux....not that Id ever own a mustang...lol!