Partzilla Live Q&A with John Talley – April 16, 2021

Another Partzilla Live Q&A with powersports pro John Talley answering your motorcycle and ATV repair questions is in the books. 

John continued to give stuff from the Partzilla garage away to our Live Q&A followers in this week’s session (which is a great reason to tune in)! Mr. Talley’s giveaway of choice this week was a chain cleaning kit and brush he uses on a regular basis for the machines he works on. 

Partzilla Live Q&A with John Talley 04-16-21

Here’s what John had to say about this week’s giveaway:

John Talley: We’re doing another giveaway. I think this is going to be a regular thing on each one of our live broadcasts. I pick out something out of the shop and we’re going to put a link where you can enter to win on both the YouTube and Facebook chats. This week, I’m going with … an ultimate chain care kit is what they’re calling it, but what you actually have is a chain cleaner, a general purpose lubricant, and a moisture displacement-type spray and then a chain lube. Now I added to that a Motion Pro, what they call a “crud brush”. Very effective in getting those links cleaned up, where that cleaner actually works and then you protect it with the chain lube.  

Speaking of chains, chain maintenance and other parts cleaning and maintenance questions came up several times during this week’s session. Check out some excerpts from Partzilla’s latest live Q&A session below, and tune into our YouTube and Facebook channels every Friday at 3pm Eastern for the next edition.

Partzilla Live Q&A Highlights – Parts Maintenance and Cleaning

Chain Maintenance - Motion Pro Slacksetter

What the best way to adjust my chain?

John Talley: We’ve got several videos on that, but the other thing that you won’t want to miss is, three episodes ago we gave away what they call a Slacksetter Pro from Motion Pro. And that’ll tell you, whether you have a street bike or dirt bike, just how much slack is in there, so you don’t overtighten it. That’s a common mistake a lot of people make. We’ve got a couple of different videos, and I think I actually did one on using that particular tool.

Rust Removal - Simichrome Polish

What do you recommend to remove surface rust on an exhaust header?

John Talley: There’s actually a product that we carry called Simichrome, and this stuff is amazing when it comes to cleaning up chrome or aluminum and anything that has corrosion or rust or pitting on it. If it’s savable,  this stuff can do it. And I know we did a short “how-to” video on that as well. 

Air Filter Quality - K&N Air Filters

Any thoughts on K&N single air filters on an old carburetor bike?

John Talley: I know that K&N has a very expansive catalog as far as all their different models … I’m a fan of K&N. I like to be able to reuse my filters, because I ride in pretty dusty environments and that saves me a lot of cash. Plus they actually flow a little bit better than the stock in most cases, and we proved that I think on a CBR600. We did a little comparison test in between a really dirty stock air filter, and a K&N air filter. And the K&N beat the other one by a horsepower or two. Was it earth-shattering? No. But a couple of horsepower on a 600cc bike was pretty substantial, especially one of as high performance as the CBR is. 

Wheel Bearing Replacement and Cleaning

I’m doing my first ATV wheel bearings with the help of your vids, and I’m wondering if I should clean the wheel hub with brake cleaner before reattaching it to the bearing carrier?

John Talley: I mean, cleaner is always better, so I would say yes. Clean it all the way out, and spray it down with some kind of silicone spray to keep it from rusting, yes. 

Want to see more live repair questions answered? See all of Partzilla’s Live Q&A sessions here.  

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