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post #1 of 27 Old 02-22-2007, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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How do you clean...

The area around your rear-shock / swingarm ?

It gets pretty gunky there ( chain lube flying around ), and you can get a nice, gunky-rocky mess in lots of crevices around shock body where it goes thru swingarm.

I'd love to just spray a bottle of engine degreaser in there and spray it off.. but something tells me that's a bad idea...
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I think I saw somewhere that a 50/50 blend of kerosene and diesel fuel work very well at getting the gunk off
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Simple Green... can I just lather the hell out of the area, and brush it around, and rinse it off?

It isn't going to get into swingarm pivot bearings / shock seals / chain o-rings and de-grease them?
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I use straight kerosene. Great for cleaning tar and road gunk out of the sprocket covers, engine area, rims and shock. Kerosene doesn't affect the paint or rubber parts. Just need to wipe it down well so things don't get a "haze" from residue.
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i just use a spray bottle and shoot the needed area. should come come off with a slight rub.

spray with water and relube needed areas.
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engine cleaner actually works fine, I would spray it on a rag and wipe it down though, not directly on the bike.


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S100 total cycle cleaner (spray bottle not spray can) on a cool wet bike.
It will safely degrease, simple green seems good but no personal experience with it.

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Plexus or Honda spray polish will work very well and it's not harmful to metals, paints, or plastics...


Be very careful of using WD40, degreasers, and other chemicals that may get the gunk off but end up damaging plastics and paints in the process...
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I'm not worried so much about damaging paint / metal ( I guess I should be ), I'm more worried about getting degreaser inside the swingarm bearings or the beyond the shock seals.

Re-lubing the swingarm bearings isn't a simple procedure ... at least for me.
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