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Royal Purple Max-Chain Chain Lube

Royal Purple Max-Chain Chain Lube

Review Summary
Royal Purple Max-Chain Synthetic Chain Lube
Type: Spray
Cost: High (More Info)
Efficiency: Medium
Sprayer: Good
Fling-off: Low
Sticky Factor: Low
Availability: Poor
Manufacturer: Royal Purple
More Details: 2010 Chain Lube Comparison
See Also: 2008 Chain Lube Comparison

Royal Purple has been around for a long time.

But the brand name surely isn’t as well known as, say, Castrol, Repsol or DuPont.

The company’s founder was one of the first to develop synthetic lubricants.

And Royal Purple Max-Chain is one of a variety of synthetic lubricants made by the company.

The cost is relatively high, and the lube seems about like your average motorcycle chain lube in terms of the spray, consistency and application.

That’s both good and bad news.

It’s good because Max-Chain works like many other chain lubes.

But it’s bad because the cost makes one think that there should be some special ingredient to make it work better/faster than the next product.

The sprayer works well if the spray tube is attached, but there does seem to be a lot of lube that comes out, with some waste in the drips.

The carrier for the lube does evaporate somewhat, leaving a semi-dry residue, not as dry as the DuPont Teflon product but dry enough so that it doesn’t attract more dirt or dust.

The lubricant does seem to quickly and easily work its way down through the chain links and into the chain, which is important.

The manufacturer states that Max-Chain will work up to 400 degrees F after the carrier evaporates and that the product ” works equally well in wet, acidic environments and dusty environments”.


We liked using Royal Purple Max-Chain but it’s very difficult to know whether or not it is providing any better lubrication than other, less expensive products.

Royal Purple Max-Chain Synthetic Chain Lube
Royal Purple Max-Chain Synthetic Chain Lube (Chain lube applied to side plates for demonstration purposes only).

Publication Date: May 2010

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