Velocity Chain Lubing and Cleaning
Thank you for purchasing Velocity, we hope that you use the system often and get years of maximum performance from your chain and sprockets... Maintain Your Chain!
Let's get started!
!! Important Safety Notes:
* DO NOT use Velocity with the engine running and in gear !!
** Keep flammable sprays and liquids away from hot engine and exhaust surfaces to avoid flame or fire!
*Anytime you are working around your chain and sprockets we recommend using disposable protective gloves and have a shop rag available to wipe-off excess oil or solvent, It never fails that you are going to get some gunk on your hands!
(1) The Velocity Chain Maintenances System Performance Package contains the following parts/pieces... You should see the following:
- The Velocity system/body/enclosure with 3 ft. wire retaining leash attached
- (1) Syringe (60 ml) with male locking connection tip
- (1) Injection Tube with female locking connector inserted into one end
- (1) Spray-can Nozzle Adapter Tube
- (1) Drain tube
- (1) Bicycle Chain Adapter Insert
- (1) Hook & Loop tie-strap
- (1) Velocity Chain Brush
(2) Next, make sure that you can rotate your rear wheel freely...
(3) Open the Lid and mount the body/enclosure onto your chain so that the lid can close and lock the body around the chain with the delivery port (top) facing upwards and the drain port (bottom) is facing downward. (There are variations on mounting and orientation that may be unique to your machine and this will be discussed further in this guide...)
(4) With Velocity positioned as close to the rear sprocket, so that when rotating the rear-wheel the sprocket does not come in contact with any part of body of the tool, attach the retaining wire "Leash" to a solid connection point somewhere on your machine by wrapping the wire around this point (like a foot-peg or frame-member) so that when the rear-wheel is rotated the tool is not pulled into the sprocket. *It is very important to securely wrap the wire leash so that it cannot unravel when being tugged by the motion of the chain flowing through the system.
(5) Insert the Delivery tube or Spray-can adapter tube into the port on the top of the tool and insert the Drain tube into the port on the bottom of the tool.
(6) Now you are ready to Lube or Clean!
- The Syringe can be filled by sucking oil or solvent into it by pulling the plunger backwards or the plunger can be removed and the syringe can be filled this way or used as a funnel of sorts...
- The Syringe locks to the Injection Tube by means of the male/female locking connector.
- The Spray-Can Nozzle Adapter Tube is inserted into the delivery port on the top of the tool.
- Insert the Bicycle Chain Adapter Insert to help align Velocity on bicycle chains
- The provided Hook & Loop tie-strap can be used to control the tubing by securing it in place on some part of your machine and it serves as a way to manage the tubing, etc when storing or packing
Preparation Note: Before mounting the tool onto a bicycle chain, insert the Bicycle Chain Adapter into the tool body… this will properly align it on the smaller chain.
Managing & Collecting Excess Materials: Any time you use Velocity, the tool should be positioned on the chain as close to the rear-sprocket as possible without contacting it, to control where drips will land... Particularly when using solvent liquids, a drain-pan should be positioned below the tool and sprocket to collect any drips and try to level the angle of the chain as best possible... The end of the Drain-tube should lay in the bottom of your pan, so the tube does not flick or wiggle and does not splatter solvent, etc... Otherwise, use any available pan. bottle, can, jar or other container to insert the drain tubing into so to catch the outflow of materials from the drain tube. (learn more) We recommend using a dry-wall pan like this: More Information
TIP: We recommend using Bulk Axle and Gear Oils for lubrication and Kerosene as a cleaning solvent... However, you can use any preferred lubricant or cleaner that you desire... These will be applied more effectively, without over-spray or splatter...
- We prefer 85W-140, Axle GS-5, it provides all of the attributes of Flow, Slipperiness, Cushioning, Heat Dissipation and Adhesion (tackiness) that you need... a bottle of this will last quite a long time
- Kerosene... What can we say... it is inexpensive and recommended by every chain manufacturer for cleaning
Lubrication Application Notes:
- To start, you will be rotating your rear wheel slowly and hitting smaller sections of chain until the whole chain has been covered by lubricant. When you get familiar with the technique you can accelerate the operation and apply as much or as little lubrication that you desire. A light covering of Lube will go a long way... the object is to clean and lube more often... But when storing, a heavy coat can't hurt.
- Start by using the Syringe or Spray-can Adapter attached to the appropriate Delivery Tube and inject a small amount of lubricant into the chamber. (inject about 20 cc of oil and let it flow down the tube to the Delivery Port and when it gets there, squeeze the plunger again to blow air into the tube to inject it into the chamber of the tool... A little practice and you will get it...)
Cleaning Solvent Application Notes:
- Same as when lubricating, start with a small quantity of solvent injected into the chamber to create a shower of solvent, while very slowly rotating the rear wheel to slowly move the chain through the tool until you become familiar with the operation... You will make several passes through the tool and the shower of solvent using the syringe or with some 'rubber-safe' spray-can type cleaner, repeating the operation until the crud is rinsed from the chain.. If your chain has not been cleaned for awhile you may need to scrub the chain with another brush to loosen the thicker layer of build-up. As you use Velocity routinely, you will find that the build-up of road-grime will be easy to manage... You just need to get to that level of clean, in order to maintain it!
- Kerosene is the perfect solvent and it can be filtered and reused again.
- Spray-Type Solvent: Do Not use 'parts cleaners' as these will destroy the seals! Care must be taken to use solvent/cleaners that will not degrade the rubber seals of sealed chains!
TiP: The syringe seal may "stick" or does not slide easily if not used for a while... it is always best to remove the plunger and seal and store it outside of the syringe tube. Put some lube on the seal before reinserting the plunger into the tube. Generally it is better to store the syringe after you lube rather than after cleaning with solvent. If you find the seal is sticking or stuck... Pull the plunger and remove it with the the seal and apply some oil on the seal surfaces prior to reinserting it.
!! Attention: The system (Velocity) has been designed to be operated with the motor turned-off and not running with it's gears disengaged. Do not try operating the system by engaging the gears with the motor running!!! We will not be responsible for any damages or injuries incurred by improper installation and operation, beyond our recommended procedures and practices... Any variation thereof will void all warranties and release ChainLuberSystems LLC from any financial or legal responsibility associated to improper installation and mis-use.