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Just bought a 94 VN750. It was not garage kept and has light weathering on the rims. Any suggestions on getting these to look like new again??
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simple green and some wd40. scrub, rinse, repeat
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THIS is a fantastic product to clean your rims, chrome, aluminum and stainless parts. Works great on fiberglass, too. It's called Star-Clean one-step metal treatment. Easy application and I highly recommend it. Directions say NO BUFFING NEEDED but for difficult rust or other stains I found lite elbow grease really did the job. Incredible restoration and shine.

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Mag wheel cleaner and a pressure washer. BonAmi is great stuff too.

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Thanks guys! After a little more inspection - it is looking worse than I thought.. pitting. It is not terribly deep, but ins't the only way to get this off by steel wool or some other abrasive?
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The problem with the Vulcan's rims is that they are clear coated. If the coating is damaged, it cannot be repaired, and will have to be removed. Aircraft Remover should take it right off, but you will need to remove the wheels and tires before using it. It may be impossible to completely restore the wheels back to new condition if there is severe pitting. If that is the case, I would consider removing the clearcoat, and having them powdercoated. You could have them done in silver, which would closely resemble stock, or you could go for some other color entirely. If you have lots of money, you could even have them chromed. Jerry.

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Look online or in yellow pages for a local chrome shop. Well I guess local in Texas is a relative thing, and could be a few hundred miles away. <G>

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More chrome means more cleaning, polishing, and when chrome is dirty, not good. Powder coat the wheels with a color that compliments your tank - looks great and easy to keep clean.

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GL1100 front fender
OEM engine guard
OEM high back rest
'V-Twin' HWY pegs
Black 750 Spectre handlebars
SunPro Volt Meter (Amazon)
Maier bug shield (JCW)
Bar Ends anti-vibe (JCW)
Emgo air filters
Tank bag-Eclipse
Tail bag-FroZone Cooler
Back Rest-Igloo 6 pak cooler
WalMart Saddle Bags
R/R Relocate
Dry Splines Lubed
AGM DieHard-Sears
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Sporster XL Mufflers
LED's-stop,tail,turn,marker
Pickup coil mod to .45mm
Silverstar headlight
Rotella T6
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