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Anyone use kerosene to clean diffs, frame, inner wheels, brake area, axles etc? I have been using it as recommended by the owners manual on my Yamaha Fj09 Sport touring bike to clean the chain, sprockets, chain guide, rear wheels. it will not hurt tires, driveway etc so you can pretty well apply it to everything metal or rubber. Not sure if it would damage plastics. I use a small paintbrush and have a spray bottle full of kerosene to apply it. I can't see why it could not be used on a quad and would do an excellent job, especially around inner wheels, brake area, engine, diffs etc...

You should put something underneath where you are cleaning such as cardboard or a pad specially designed to absorb grease and oil cause or you will make a mess on whatever is under your Grizzly

I am going to use it tomorrow on my Grizzly on the area's mentioned.
 

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Kerosene is an excellent cleaner for what you stated.
Most don't use it now because its a pretty stinky, harsh chemical solvent.
 

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I've never tried kerosene as a cleaner, but maybe I'll try it. I burn a lot of it my little heater though and love it
 

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Kerosene works well as a cleaner, it doesn't break down the finish....however, it is somewhat flammable and expensive.
 

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Kerosene is the suggested cleaner for most motorcycles with chain drives. All the crud and oil melt off the rear wheel and front/Rear sprocket area's on my FJ09. As mentioned above it does not harm tires either. Little messy but with an oil pad underneath the bike it's no problem.

Today I did an extensive clean up and maintenance on my new Grizzly. I ended up using "Super Clean" soap degreaser and it did a pretty good job. Really sprayed it on thick and hosed it off with a garden hose. A couple of places I used a small brush also. I pulled off the skid plates and really got into all the nooks and cranny's. Changed the oil and filter, Front Diff and Final Drive Oils to. Rolled out the winch and put a light coating of oil on it, and then went around with Jig-a-Loo and sprayed every silver nut, screw, wire, cable, bolt etc I could get at. Finally, coated the entire thing with Tire Foam after a good topside hand wash and it's gleaming like new. Well it is new anyway,.....:wink2:

My bike will be stored from now until April 2018. I don't use it in winter. Moose hunting in these parts all this week and then two weeks of deer hunting well into November. Can't go into the woods at those times cause there is a guy behind every tree. After that, ground freezes up and it's lousy conditions for cleaning. Tough to be outside when it's -5 trying to clean a muddy Grizzly. I will be removing the battery and keeping it charged inside over the winter.
 

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Do you think keroscene would work well on a foam filter?
 

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Do you think keroscene would work well on a foam filter?
It'll work perfectly fine. Actually, it what was recommended too use for decades before today's newer, safer, environmentally friendly cleaners were produced.
 
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I use diesel to clean greasy things. The ultralow sulfur diesel does not smell much. It is a lot cheaper than kerosene and is much safer than using gasoline. Diesel #2 is a little thicker than kerosene. Winter diesel is closer to kerosene. I also use it to clean paint brushes when using oil-based stains. I do wear thick vinyl or PVC coated gloves to keep it off my skin. Try it, you will like it.
 

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I use diesel to clean greasy things. The ultralow sulfur diesel does not smell much. It is a lot cheaper than kerosene and is much safer than using gasoline. Diesel #2 is a little thicker than kerosene. Winter diesel is closer to kerosene. I also use it to clean paint brushes when using oil-based stains. I do wear thick vinyl or PVC coated gloves to keep it off my skin. Try it, you will like it.
Thanx for the info. And diesel won't harm the foam filter element?
 

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If kerosene is OK to clean filters with, so is diesel. They chemistry of them is very similar. It is much quicker to clean the filters with either of these solvents compared to soap and hot water. It might take diesel a little longer to evaporate after you squeeze out the solvent for the last time. I let my filter sit for 24 hours before I oil it. Get a different color can/jug to store the diesel in so you don't put it in your lawn mower.
 

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Ok, thanx again for the helpful info.
 

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The trick with using kero or diesel when cleaning filters is to have 2 filters, 1 clean,pre-oiled & ready to go & 1 to be cleaned, dried, oiled & ready for next time, saves heaps of time on services.
 

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The trick with using kero or diesel when cleaning filters is to have 2 filters, 1 clean,pre-oiled & ready to go & 1 to be cleaned, dried, oiled & ready for next time, saves heaps of time on services.
Yup, me to..
 
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