Phenix Oiler

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On the regional (State) motorcycle forum I'm a member of there is a rider that is always coming up with home made items for his bike. With the recent post on the Scott Oiler I thought I would post this cheap and effective option he has built for his bike. The full thread can be found here. . . The Phenix Oiler - TWT Forums

THIS IS NOT AN OIL THREAD! USE WHATEVER BRAND Chain LUBE YOU LIKE.

Manually lubing a motorcycle chain while on an Iron Butt ride consumes precious time - and even more time with no center stand. Having the ability to lube the chain while in motion makes sense. It is known that automatic chain oilers increase chain life by a factor of 2 or even 3. However, the models I looked at were either expensive, complicated, messy or even unreliable. I sought to find a simpler cheaper more dependable system.
ASSUMPTION #1
I decided to treat a chain lube test found on page 58 of the Winter 2013 issue of Iron Butt Magazine as gospel. The basis was simple: heat is caused by friction. Dupont Teflon, Blue Label PJ-1, WD-40 and Scott Oiler with ATF were compared by taking temperature readings with an infrared thermometer at both sprockets and several points on the chain. Readings were taken at 37 and 73 miles of constant highway speed. The results were surprising. The lowest temperatures measured were a virtual tie between the Scott oiler and WD-40! There was barely 10 degrees separating the field and conditions did not involve dirt or rain. My beloved PJ-1 came in last.


ASSUMPTION #2
I also remembered where an ADV inmate had soaked identical o-rings in popular lubricants for a month and then measured them. The LEAST degradation occurred in the o-ring immersed in, you guessed it, WD-40. PJ-1 was almost as good. Other o-rings were visibly swollen. Thank you klm4755. Chain O-ring WD-40 exposure effects study and results | Adventure Rider


Convinced that it was at least not harmful to o-rings, I decided to test the WD-40 on a trip. I wanted a way to quickly lube the chain during a SS2000 from Southeast Texas to the west coast, so I fashioned a pouch on the front of my left pannier to hold the can and I gave the exposed parts of the chain a liberal application at every gas stop. It took seconds and not only did the chain never run dry, it required NO ADJUSTMENT for the entire 4,848 mile trip! And the chain was not new. The EK brand 530zzz x-ring rated at 11,000# had over 10k on it when I started. I carried a can of Blue Label PJ-1 in case I encountered rain.

My criteria for a chain oiler are that it must be: safe, simple, cheap, readily available and above all easy to operate. I decided to incorporate both WD-40 and PJ-1. I fashioned a mount from flat 1" aluminum and hose clamps to hold the cans to the front of my left pannier. I used the smallest weed wacker fuel line to deliver the lube to the chain.


I filed grooves into the end of an aluminum spacer and cut sections of the PJ-1's little red straw to be held in place by a bolt and washer.



I attached the "nozzle" to the front of the bike's chain guard.


I bolted small hinged hasps above each can of lubricant to act as paddles for easy left thumb access while in motion. I need only to push down on the top of the bag.


Then I covered the rig with a small zippered tool pouch so I wouldn't have to explain what I had done to absolutely everybody at every stop. :lol2:


On my next BBG1500 attempt I plan to give the chain a 2 or 3 second burst as I pull into each fuel stop. I can alternate between the cans and use more PJ-1 in wet conditions. To clean the chain I can soak it with WD-40 before coming to a stop and wipe it down with a rag. Stay tuned for the test.
 

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A follow up of the system. . .

Rain ride yesterday. A couple of shots of WD-40 and life is good. :rider:



I may not need the PJ-1 at all.
 

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The Phenix Oiler 2.0

First off, pleased with the performance of the WD-40 I decided I could get along without the PJ-1.

I discovered I had mounted the nozzle too close to the chain and there was contact - so much contact that it melted the Smart Straw closed at the tip.



So I made a new (recycled an old) bracket and used a brass tube this time.



I said goodbye to the pouch in favor of this modified welding rod can.
I cut off the threaded parts and the lid slides right over the base.



I cut a slot in the side for the plumbing and added a retaining screw to hold the top on.



Considering how many ways Edison learned the light bulb wouldn't work, I think I'm in pretty good shape here.
 

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The more I use the WD-40 the more I like it. Check this. I took the bike to the car wash and this is how the high pressure wand left the chain, sprocket and swingarm. No stiff bristle brush, no oily rag. Voila!

 

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WD40 is awsome its that good i order it at the bar on a friday night .
 
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ohhhhh the smell WD in the morning
 

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Good idea !
 

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WD40 is basically going to be a chain cleaner rather than a chain oiler, too thin to do much in the way of lubricating the chain, but then again sealed "O" ring chains basically don't need much oil as they should have the lubrication inside the sealed area already.
 

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That's very interesting and informative.Thanks,as I posted before it's a while since I had to do much chain lubing so this could be an option.
 

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its a great idea !! and there's no reason you can't use a tin of chain lube .
 

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WD40 is basically going to be a chain cleaner rather than a chain oiler, too thin to do much in the way of lubricating the chain, . . .
Correct. I use WD40 after a ride in rain or wet conditions. Ken had good results with the WD40 and it was his decision to forgo the chain lube. I still lube my chain and only use WD40 when I think I need it.
 

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I allways use WD40 to clean my chain it gives the best results and i use it to clean even part of the bike apart from brake discs .
 

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WD-40 is an excellent rubber lube, we use it to mount tires. Great for seals as well, if the bike sits for extended periods of time you can spray the beer parts with WD-40 and it will slow the degradation and drying out of seals, o rings and rubber intakes.