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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-17-2007, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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I have not yet oiled my chain on my Vulcan 500.

Anyone have some suggestions to keep the mess down and my back together while on a tight budget?

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What are these chains that you speak of?
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I am guessing that since the subject is 500 that you have the Vulcan 500 with the chain drive instead of the 750 with the shaft drive.

The way I use to do it on my honda 500 was to put the bike on the center stand in neutral. Then I would slowly rotate the rear wheel while I sprayed the chain with a chain lube spray that I got at the auto parts store. Usually had a small puddle of lube below the chain but it worked well.

Worked pretty well. I am not sure if the chain on the 500 has o-rings but if they do that will make a difference in the type of lube you get. Some lubes will melt the o-rings and then the chain will need to be replaced.

If you have not oiled the chain then I guessing you have never adjusted the chain either. Not that it may need to be adjusted right now but that is part of the regular maintenance that made many of us lean towards the 750. A shaft drive require almost no maintenance.

If you have a repair manual for your bike it should have good directions on how to lube and adjust the chain.
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Just remember WD40 is for CLEANING the chain, not lubeing it. It will disolve the chain grese and old gunk away. Simple mistake lots make, wd40 can be a wonderful lubricant but it's not quite upto chain lube qualities. Get a decent chain lube, either from auto parts or bike store. And like he said put it on the center, either run the wheel back while lightly spraying the chain, or heavily douse the chain and then give it a light wipe with a rag. This is when you will learn why that chain gard is there, as for the first bit your going to be slinging chain goo all over the place. =)
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I think you'll have a problem with the center stand as I don't believe it has one! But, if you can get help, someone to roll the bike forward while you creep behind the bike and spray the chain, you'll do fine. If you have a floor jack, you might be able to put a 2x4 under the cross member of your frame and gently raise the bike a tad where your rear wheel will clear, then you can do it yourself. (on a level flat surface!)

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While on the subject. A friend and I took a 2 hour ride to Indy last week to pick up my Ladies first cruiser. 99 Vulcan500.
I have to say I am impressed with the bike.
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nice bike! good buy! i showed my wife that one on ebay and she really liked it. i've been watching ebay for nice vulcan 500 for the wife. i'm looking for the older (90-96) style. good luck to you and your lady.
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I had a 500 before I bought the 750 and it was a great bike. Are you sure you have a chain, because mine had a belt.

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Kaw used to sell a lube that thickened up after spraying. I used it on my 550 LTD basic steps were:
1. clean chain with a clean rag
2. spray lube over entire chain
3. let set for 2 hours for o ring soak and penetration
4. wipe excess off with a rag
I never WD-40'd the chain, only cleaned off the residue with a rag. WD has some solvents that may cause the o-rings to fail. If you can't find a good lube try corrosion technologies for corrosion X heavy it might work as a good chain lube. Unless it was a really hot day and a long run with this method I seldom had an oil sling problem.

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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-25-2007, 02:56 PM
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Do a google search, and look up "Loobman Chain Luber".

This lets you lube your chain while "on the fly," which is easier and makes the chain last far longer than lubing it at irregular intervals otherwise.

This unit should run you less than $40, and will easily pay for itself in terms of extending the life of your chain. It is also economical to use, because it accepts almost any kind of oil.

The 500 is a neat-looking bike. I'm sure you're proud of it!....
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