Gunk engine degreaser? - Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums
VN750 General Discussion

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-04-2015, 03:04 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 5
iTrader: (0)
 
Gunk engine degreaser?

Has anyone used it to clean their bikes?

I got an 85 vulcan 700. With a lot of grease and oil on the engine, if any of you vets uses it before can you share some tips on how you go about cleaning you engine?
Aceofspades8759 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-04-2015, 09:13 AM
Old Fart
 
Knifemaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Catawissa, MO
Posts: 11,602
iTrader: (4)
     
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aceofspades8759 View Post
Has anyone used it to clean their bikes?

I got an 85 vulcan 700. With a lot of grease and oil on the engine, if any of you vets uses it before can you share some tips on how you go about cleaning you engine?
An 85 700? With the black painted engine right?

I'd think the Gunk would remove some of the paint.....

If You Are Not Sure If I Am Joking or Not....I AM !!Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/knifemaker1954/sets/
Knifemaker is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-04-2015, 09:55 AM
Senior Member
 
kc2dgq's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 3,350
iTrader: (13)
 
Garage
I use marine soap and a soft brush to clean/degrease the engine because it shouldn't hurt the finish or cause any harm to the paint. It works well for me.

Pressure wash it if it is really grimy, but make sure to dry/clean and use dialectric grease on all the electronic connections afterwards. I also recommend flushing and oiling all the cables after using a pressure washer as well.
kc2dgq is offline  
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-04-2015, 11:36 AM
FREEBIRDS MC CENTRAL NY
 
OleDirtyDoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Norwich,NY
Posts: 15,873
iTrader: (0)
     
Garage
Send a message via Yahoo to OleDirtyDoc
Quote:
Originally Posted by kc2dgq View Post
I use marine soap and a soft brush to clean/degrease the engine because it shouldn't hurt the finish or cause any harm to the paint. It works well for me.

Pressure wash it if it is really grimy, but make sure to dry/clean and use dialectric grease on all the electronic connections afterwards. I also recommend flushing and oiling all the cables after using a pressure washer as well.
You should see how purdy his bike is

ONE RATS ASS GIVEN PER POST
Support your local FREEBIRDS MC
1986/5 Vn700/750 Frankenfook cross eyed bitch "Mellisa Fayhe"
I am a BIKER and i'm proud.FREEBIRDS MC CENTRAL NY

lowered with progessive 412 10" shocks
rejetted for K/N Pods part#rc 2340
sportster seat

'I didn't lose my mind.i gave it away

BRING BACK WOLFIE."Peace and Carrots"RIP
"And I'm free...as a bird"John Lennon Free as a Bird
"I only carry when I have my pants on"Joe Robinson RIP aka Old Dog
OleDirtyDoc is online now  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-05-2015, 08:59 AM
2014 KLR 650!
 
Goofyfoot2001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Tega Cay, SC
Posts: 3,359
iTrader: (1)
 
This is bar none the best engine cleaner out there I used it yesterday and I am constantly amazed. On the worst grime in the crevices, spray it, let it sit a few minutes, hose off. No scrubbing. I get it at the harley shop but it is on Amazon I think.


2014 Kawasaki KLR 650
Back to the Kawa World
Goofyfoot2001 is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-05-2015, 10:29 AM
Senior Member
 
Mike DeAngelo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: NJ
Posts: 1,072
iTrader: (3)
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Goofyfoot2001 View Post
This is bar none the best engine cleaner out there I used it yesterday and I am constantly amazed. On the worst grime in the crevices, spray it, let it sit a few minutes, hose off. No scrubbing. I get it at the harley shop but it is on Amazon I think.

Same company has an S100 Engine Brightner.




I've used this and found little difference between the all around cleaner Goofyfoot uses and this one for engines.

2008 Vulcan 900 Classic LT
HID lighting 35 Watt White
Chrome Slotted oval Mirrors
Chilhowee Tank Bra
Barons Big Air Kit
Vance & Hines Twin Slash staggered
EJK Gen 3 Electronic Jet Kit

1991 Vulcan 750 226 miles
Spiegler brake lines
rebuilt calipers, master brake cylinder
Mike DeAngelo is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-05-2015, 10:55 AM
Senior Member
 
Spockster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: WV
Posts: 6,486
iTrader: (5)
   
I've never known Gunk to remove paint, but a pressure washer will always peel off any paint that's already loose.

Get the engine nice and warm, spray on your cleaner and let it sit (don't let it dry), then brush and/or rinse off. Hot water helps if you can get it, a lot of car washes have warm water on the soap setting.

I used Castrol Super Clean on the lower area of my engine and didn't lose any paint. The CSC will take some paints off, but usually just on poorly prepped rattle can jobs. CSC is my go to cleaner for tough grime, but you don't want it on glass or stuff like plastic chrome, clear plastic, etc., and don't let it dry. It's pretty strong at full strength, but can be diluted. It's awesome on tires, vinyl siding, aluminum, engine parts, fiberglas boats ... lots of stuff.

I use dishwashing liquid in hot water to wash the bike and it takes light grease off too.

2003-21k mi
Shaved w/UniPK92+Stock Jets-TPE/MOSFET-Shinko Tires-AGM batt-bags-chrome-LEDs...more
__________________________________________________ ____________
Repair Manual: http://www.mediafire.com/file/mj7z81..._Catalogue.pdf

Owner's Manual: http://www.mediafire.com/file/nscb5f...ers+Manual.pdf
Spockster is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-05-2015, 12:00 PM
Senior Member
 
Mike DeAngelo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: NJ
Posts: 1,072
iTrader: (3)
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spockster View Post
I've never known Gunk to remove paint, but a pressure washer will always peel off any paint that's already loose.
I bought my first VN750 new as a leftover. First mistake was taking it to the car wash and pressure cleaning the engine and engine cover. I realized there was a clear coat or clear plastic over the chrome. I not saying not to use the power washer just be careful I guess.

2008 Vulcan 900 Classic LT
HID lighting 35 Watt White
Chrome Slotted oval Mirrors
Chilhowee Tank Bra
Barons Big Air Kit
Vance & Hines Twin Slash staggered
EJK Gen 3 Electronic Jet Kit

1991 Vulcan 750 226 miles
Spiegler brake lines
rebuilt calipers, master brake cylinder
Mike DeAngelo is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-05-2015, 01:37 PM
Senior Member
 
kc2dgq's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 3,350
iTrader: (13)
 
Garage
Pressure washers (when used correctly) are very effective and should NOT harm your paint. Many have dispensers where a de-greaser solution can be used BTW. Of coarse if paint is worn, flaking, or just poorly applied, it will flake off, but a strong hose stream will do the same thing.

You never put the nozzle of a pressure washer that close to whatever it is you are washing unless you plan on stripping paint or scrubbing concrete, fencing, decking...etc.

That being said, I would only use it as a last resort for really grimy stuff that I can't reach to scrub off. Plain old soap, water and a little elbow grease are always the best way to go.

If you don't have time to do it that way, or are just too lazy, then any chemical cleaner can work, but don't think for a minute that repeated uses of chemicals will not eventually harm your paint or clear coat finish.
kc2dgq is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-05-2015, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 5
iTrader: (0)
 
Well I just bought a vn700 less the A week ago worked all the kinks out and noticed that it had a lot of grease/oil on the engine and surrounding areas(looks as though the previous owner didn't wash it once while in his possession)
Aceofspades8759 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Once registered, your User Name"cannot be changed". We can make exceptions within 7 days, but after that, it is set in stone.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome