How To Properly Wash Your Dirt Bike

maintenance Jun 19, 2022

In this video, we're gonna teach you how to wash your dirt scooter.

Oh, that got way dirtier than I thought it was.

What's up guys. Tyler Livesay from the MX factory. Today, we're gonna teach you how to make your bike sparkly clean. We're gonna start with prep. We're gonna go into actually washing the bike and then we'll talk about post wash care, drying the bike, looping, all that good stuff. Don't forget the like subscribe and thank you to our Patriots for being so supportive so far, you guys are helping us make more stuff tools needed for the job.

Boom brush. We've got our erase cleaning product, which will leave a link to their. And then we also have a Brier Brier, Brier pad, Bri low pad.

So I'm using a pressure watcher here. That's barely low power. It's an electric pressure washer. I do like using just the hose because what you'll find with the pressure washer is that if you get at a certain angle and get too close to your bike, it tends. Either peel the graphics off, or maybe jump into a seal that you don't want it to get into.

So make sure if you got a really high powered pressure washer and that's what you're using, make sure you're at a reasonable distance that you know, you're not gonna, you know, mess anything up by spraying the bike, starting top to bottom on this. And we're just gonna knock all this mud off to get going.

I like to start with the bars and then move down. Another thing I like to think about when you live in places that have real clay-based dirt, if you let it dry and it gets hardened on there, it doesn't necessarily come off on your first. Right. A nice thing to do is come out, soak the bike down, get that dirt wet again, maybe take a five minute interval.

It'll get some water and then come back in that dirt will fly off a lot easier than it would. If you just put the pressure on it, he'll be there a lot longer doing it. That way. Another thing to think about here is when you're getting around. Of your fork seals. You don't wanna get the pressure wash or any high powered equipment pointing up into those seals.

Cause if you do have dirt or any miscellaneous Caru on your forks, that you're now pressure washing those up into your seals, which is gonna create a little more vulnerability debt, starting to have an oil leak. When you get to the part of the bike that needs air to function to keep. Your bike cool and running.

Right? You wanna make sure you take a little extra time to get all the fins of the radiator cleaned out and what a lot of people make the mistake of doing is they only spray from one side. Yeah. You need to get all the dirt from out here, but you wanna spend a little more time getting on this inside. It does help if you take the shrouds off.

These little fins in the radio are definitely one thing that you could mess up. If you hold the pressure rusher really close, and it has a lot of power. So make sure you're being aware of what you're doing there. So thankfully we're privileged enough to have our. Stand here, which I know some of you might not have.

So if you're washing this on a triangle or even up against the wall, you can still get a good job done. We're able to spin the tires and then spin and clean and spin and clean and make sure we have all the mud off what you'll want to do. If you don't have this luxury is just roll your bike forward a few feet, wash, roll your bike forward, you know, just to kind of get to the next spot of your wheels.

We've washed most of the mud off, I would say 95% of the mud off this portion of the bike. What I wanna show you guys here is that if you don't turn your bike on its side and wash underneath what you miss every time by every time. I mean, when there's sticky dirt, obviously if you're in selfie, sand, it just falling off.

It may not be necessary, but if you're in dirt, that sticks. Here's what you miss every single time. All right. So you're gonna take your stand over. It, a lot of people lean their bikes on their grip, which, you know, you could get away with it, but you take your chance to tear on the end of your grip. Or if you've got grease on your stand, you're now getting that on your grip.

And I know a lot of people are running these white grips these days, which is crazy to me, but a nice place to do it is just grab here. Turn your bars. And then you can kind of kick and adjust to your staying as you're coming down, and then you lay it right on this triple clamp here. So it's not touch of the fork leg.

It's purely just on the triple CLA. If you're on a two stroke and your bike, isn't fuel injected, make sure you're turning that gas off that way. You're not, uh, leaking gas and some of you guys run expensive gas. You waste 20 bucks on accident. You don't waste 20 bucks, man. That's dinner. So, this is what you miss every time you, uh, don't turn your bike on its side and wash it.

So we're gonna get all this stuff off so we can get off. Get after the, uh, actual clean. All

right. This looks pretty cool. Our erase products, foam sprayer coming in clutch. So I've got both my brush and my, and my B pad. Pad here. I'm gonna show you how well this takes off the dirt and ground. This bike, obviously hasn't been washed underneath in a really long time. So we're gonna clean it up a little bit.

Give it a little elbow grease. The more you give it the better. If you see the pros frames on their bikes and you're like, wow, this is crazy. How nice their O engines and frames look, cuz they got mechanics that are super dedicated to make of their stuff. Look great. And they spend a lot of time doing this.

There's some hard to reach areas that you can get when the bike's on its side. One of these is under the, for leg here where your, your clicker adjustments are newer bikes, leaks have caps that go in there. But for those that don't spread that out real good up in your linkage here, that kind of gets some dirt gunked up.

And then obviously inside your swing arm, those are a couple places that it's a little easier to get. When the bike's on the side,

I encourage all my riders to wash their own bikes. And the reason for this is it gives you bike awareness, for instance, right. I'm washing the bike, something I probably never would've seen. And, and the mechanic never would've seen if he wouldn't have laid it over. And we got a little oil leak coming from here, which is likely the counter shaft seal is bad, but I wouldn't have known that would've had a leak coming out the bottom of the engine and not really noticed if I wasn't paying attention and washing my bike thoroughly.

So it's very important for all you riders out there. To pay attention to the bolts and, uh, you know, the minor leaks and things that could possibly happen while you're washing the bike. There's actually another hole that I didn't mention that you may want to cover up. If you're planning on racing the next mode, and you don't want your filter wet down here at the bottom of the air box, most bikes have that hole there.

If you're putting the bike on its side, uh, in between MOS or in between trail rides, whatever you're doing. And you don't want the filter to get wet. You gotta make sure that you, uh, cover that up before you get the bike wet, spend some time getting all that mud kicked out from there and other places in your chain guide here, a lot of times mud will get in there and, you know, wear your chain down and stuff like that.

So the nooks and cranes is what you wanna pay attention to the first couple times that you lay the bike over on the side and wash it like this, then going from there, you'll have it dialed in. And, uh, it'll be a much quicker process you at the bottom of your radiators here, pet pee mine. Is that looking real?

Grimmy like it does. I've already scrubbed a little right? You put a little elbow grease into this, you can have this literally back to brand new. I mean, look at the comparison that versus that, you know, so if you spend, you get a bike, that's used, you spend some time on it. You can really bring it back to life.

We've got the bottom, all cleaned up. How we'd like it. We're gonna move to the full soap up the whole bike scrub with a soft brush, maybe touch up some spots with SOS pad. And, uh, good spike speak and span.

All right. We've got our, our race product on there. There are foam spray, which works fantastic. And we're gonna let this sit for three to five minutes. We've got a little moisture in the air. You don't wanna let it dry on there, but you wanna let it soak in and kind of break down all those bad spots. So in that meantime, You gotta find something to do.

Is that a helicopter?

Woo. Wow. All right. Well that was cool. We're back to washing bikes.

I would give it a 90% on my wash scale. But we wanted to go ahead and move to part three for you guys. We're gonna take this bike in a shop, uh, make sure we get it dried off properly and get lubricants in all the right places.

Phase three, we're gonna take our air hose with your super privileged to have. If you don't have an air hose. You can take a big, huge, deep breath in and blow super hard into these spaces that I'm gonna show you.

See, same thing you want to go check in and spray in and all the nooks and crannies that you can find really all the moving joints that are external. You kind of wanna get the water out of there. So nothing corrodes. We have low water here that corrodes. We have to really kind of spray everything down and make sure nothing rust or, uh, Super.

Um, what do you call it? Grungy. Grungy. You don't want it to get grungy? The bike's wet. The filter got wet. Cause we didn't cover those holes cause we're not going to ride it immediately. So make sure that you're not starting your bike with the filter wet and sucking that water through the carb or fuel injection system.

You don't want that. Okay. Don't want that nose. Now it's time to lube up the bike. We've got chain lube, we've got joint lube. Cause I just get the, you know, the main moving parts that I think that need attention, the foot pegs. And, uh, also the Kickstarter on a lot of bikes will get bound up. If you don't keep lube on the, uh, pivot point of that lube and the chain, first things first, you wanna lube on the bottom.

So you're not getting excess spray. On your swing arm in your wheel and you always wanna roll the tire forward. And the reason for that is the master link is set up to be able to roll for, without hitting anything in the chain guide and UNC clipping. So the opening is to the back. That way, when it's spinning through there, the closed part is hitting where the chain guide is.

And if there's any gun or rock in there, it doesn't hit that and take your, uh, master link off. Leading to chain failure, wipe the excess water that I'm miss spraying off. A lot of times I won't spend a whole lot of time on the plastics and I'll get that afterwards. And, uh, there's also plenty of companies out there, including erase products that have a, uh, plastic detailer that you can rub on to make your plastic shiny and also restore them a little bit.

All right, guys, our bikes clean, we did the burnouts by helicopters. Uh, it was really an eventful watch today. So if you like this and you wanna see some more videos like this, make sure you let us know in the comments below. Uh, we have more videos over this way. Thanks to our Patreons. You guys can become one down here.

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