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X-Ring Chain Disintegrate?

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This is a 12,000 km old DID 520 VX2 chain. It started its life with with this Motul lubricant (every 1,000 km). Was cleaned at 6,000 km with kerosene and a soft brush not to hurt these X-Rings. Now, at 12,000 km, before its second cleaning, I notice what looks like filaments of X-Rings that detach from the chain. Anybody ever had this problem? Can this be X-Rings that desintegrate?

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I have a couple of these x-ring slivers showing on a VX2, and I clean seldom and never clean with a brush. Perhaps it’s a weakness in this x-ring design.
 
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I have a couple of these x-ring slivers showing on a VX2, and I clean seldom and never clean with a brush. Perhaps it’s a weakness in this x-ring design.
How do you clean your chain if you don't use a brush?
 

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Having cleaned it only once before I see these X-Rings failing. I suspect this Motul stuff to affect X-Rings even if they say "compatible"...
 

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How do you clean your chain if you don't use a brush?
For cleaning, heavy duty shop type paper towel. I have never used a brush on an O-ring or X-ring chain.

For lube, I have used the Motul stuff, but not all the time. Lately I just use gear oil, like the Honda manual says.
 

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Yes, I’ve also had that happen, though I can’t recall what brand of chain it was just off the top of my head.
 

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I've used several cans of Motul without issue My current preference is PJ1 Blue.

I've had stringy, deteriorated X/O-rings before. It was a result of overenthusiastic brush use
 

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I never clean a chain. I think I would do more harm than good. I lube with an automatic oiler so any crud eventually flings off.
I've been thinking about it for a long time, from now on, no more chain cleaning, no more fancy chain lube; gear oil. Now shopping for an automatic oiler; any recommendations?
 

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Thank you.
Great pics!

$226 CAD to get it shipped to my house.
Yikes!
I think I'll keep doing the cleaning and lubing myself.
 
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Motobriiz(.com) is definitely the most cost-effective. Also works well. You must replace the oiler pads regularly, though.
 

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Thank you.
Great pics!

$226 CAD to get it shipped to my house.
Yikes!
I think I'll keep doing the cleaning and lubing myself.
Their cheapest kit is all you really need to get. About $50 CAD less. I think an oiler will extend the sprocket and chain life. Other than the 600 mile service, the bike has been maintenance free. (needs new tires badly now at 2200 miles)
 

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As I wanted to have some manual control over oiling of the chain, I finally opted for this GIDIAII oiler found on AliExpress which is a copy of the Cobrra oiler but 6 times cheaper. Quality is impressive, comes with all what's needed for installation and even some spare parts! With gear oil, the functionality is exactly as described. Really like it.

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I had a look at the operation of that oiler on the web. The video was under the Nemo brand but the same. Interesting idea. A report on its operation and efficiency would be appreciated at some point.
 
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