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Cleaning the Chain and Sprocket

I have always used Honda Brake Clean in the past because it states that it is O-Ring safe right on the can but now I am in the process of having my swingarm coated (other bike). I had heard that Brake Clean could dual the paint so someone had recommended Simple Green. Anyone use Simple Green before on the chain and know whether or not it's ok on the o-rings?

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I only use WD-40, melts the crap right off. I've used simple green and never had much luck with it, it works ok on light dirt but not on chain crud.

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