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04-08-2009 06:35 PM
CapHAB I just posted a bigger pic of the bike in the same album. Look at it and compare the forks with the mufflers. You get a better perspective here. I bought this bike new in 2003 and all the chrome on it has been kept up with mothers. The bike has set up with no cleaning for as much as two years. It only has 1650 miles on it. The chrome pitted some in these set ups but all in all its in pretty good shape.
04-08-2009 06:26 PM
CapHAB 1000 will do just fine. If you could see the bike in person you would see that the forks shine almost like the chrome mufflers. The pics realy dont do the finished product justice.
04-08-2009 06:20 PM
Jace Bror Yeah they looked like mine, crap. I want to do that now. You think it would be beneficial to go all the way up to 2000 grit paper?
04-08-2009 06:16 PM
CapHAB You wipe the mothers off between each sanding. The black you saw in the pic was the mothers, it oxodizes the metal and turns black, then you wipe it off and rub hard and it shines the metal. I didnt want to stay with 400grit, woried that it might leave marks in the metal, so I went from one to the other, the 1000 smothes every thing down after the 400. I guess they make rim cleaner, but I just do it the old fashion way. I polished the rims today also. But I didn't sand them. They look fine like they are. If you noticed the fork before I started polishing it, it looked pretty bad.
Hope this helps
04-08-2009 04:34 PM
Jace Bror That is great for pics, thats what I wanted to see. Did you have the mothers on when sanding with the 1000? And why did you go back in forth between the 400 and the 1000? wouldn't you want to just keep going smoother?

Do they have a chemical that guys use on there aluminum rims to make them shine? Like an acid or something?

Are the rims your next project?
04-08-2009 02:51 PM
CapHAB OK Folks
Someone wanted to see more pictures of the actual polishing of the forks, this is the best I can do. If you look under my profile in my albums in fork shine, Fork2 show the bike with the tire and fender removed and ready to get started. Fork3 shows a close up of the fork I am polishing before I started. Fork 4 shows a close uo of the fork after it has been sanded with 400 grit.Fork 5 shows the fork after the mothers polish has been applied but before it has been wiped off and polished. Fork6 shows the fork after the mothers has been wiped off and it has been polished the first time. I repeated this with 1000grit then 400 then 1000 untill I got it to shine like I wanted it. It took 2hrs 10min from the time I poped the bike up on the center stand untill I took it off. Two smoke breaks during the process.
I hope this helps
04-07-2009 03:39 PM
750Doug Looks good Cap.
04-07-2009 03:06 PM
Jace Bror then you would have to take the forks off the bike. A drill attachment buffer would work with the fender and the wheel off. and the forks on the bike. then you could do the trees too.
04-07-2009 02:09 PM
dirtrack650 Looks good, lots of work.

For $29 you can get a bench buffer from Harbor Freight and cut your time down to about 1.5 hours and end up with a mirror finish that will last if you keep it waxed.

04-07-2009 10:35 AM
bigrepp61 o captain my captain.... looking good man.... and thanks to you i have more work to do on my fiancees mike...... she likes the polished look over the blacked out look.... keep it going and hopefully yo get to ride her soon...
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