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post #1 of 27 Old 03-20-2004, 05:21 PM
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exhaust and chain maintenance?

What do you guys use to keep the header pipes and muffler looking nice and bright other than regular washing of the bike?

How do I get the S**t thrown off chain off the swing arm, sprocket and other parts of the bike. Something that won't take paint off the bike or what not!

I also read somewhere of a chain lube from Honda that's suppose be really good and doesn't have a lot of fling off! How often should one oil the chain? I have a center stand on my new bandit so it's no problem for me to do it. I don't want automatic oiler It's no bother to do on my own!

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post #2 of 27 Old 03-20-2004, 07:19 PM
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ean with WD 40
Ive had good luck with Belray spraylube.
lube at the finish of a ride wrile chain is still warm.
They all sling off some.
approx. 250 miles
Ive only had to adj. once in 10k
good luck & ride safe
post #3 of 27 Old 03-20-2004, 07:39 PM
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Kerosene

I have heard conflicting stores about WD-40 and an o-ring chain. Since I've yet to find a straight answer, Kerosene is what I use. Oh, and it is recommended by the manual. Clean with kerosene then lube. Let dry and it won't fling off. I use Chain Wax and it seems to be working well.

You can use a stainless steel cleaner for the exhaust if it is stainless.

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Cleaning

I have used Kerosene on the aluminum parts of the bike to remove grease and grimme. I know the parts are probably coated with some sort of clear coat or just anodized. What do you guys think of using kerosene to clean the bike. I have not seen a change in the finish. Some times I get dirt adhereing to the front pipe, then I use a fine Scotchbrite to buff it off.
Clean and lube the chain when it's hot

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what about the exhaust?
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cleaning

Are you talking about the mufflers. The exhaust pipes use scotchbrite.
The mufflers are a grained finished aluminum you can clean these with a clean rag and Kerosene if grease does not come off after washing. If you use a dirty rag the grimme will be inbeded into the grain finish. Do not scotch brite the exhaust covers or they will become scratched from the scotch brite. The exhaust is going to turn a tan colour. Don't bother trying to keep it shiney.

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post #7 of 27 Old 04-16-2004, 06:35 PM
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Kerosene is honestly the best solvent to clean the chain. I use the HondaLube chain oil product and it's excellent. Just remember to apply it to a warmed-up chain and give it at least a few hours to soak in.

I find that S100 does a great job removing grease from painted body parts, frame and the engine. For under the fenders and chain guard, I have had good luck with a 50/50 mixture of Simple Green and water. Just remember to avoid letting strong degreasers on the chain for obvious reasons. One or the other seems to take off everything I've come across so far.

For the exhaust, I use Wenol metal polish after removing stubborn dirt with a Scotchbrite pad. It's best to start with the pad safe for non-stick cookware, using the harsher dark green pad only for the truly stubborn stuff, to avoid unnecessary scratching. Wenol is often used to polish high-end copper and steel cookware. Best of all, it doesn't require an ton of elbow grease to get great results. It's got almost cult status among cruiser owners. It works so well that several riders have assumed my 'Strom was new because the recently polished front header pipe wasn't discolored.
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scotchbrite pads are made of steel, so they will rust. Better off using a brass wool pad instead- your local boating supply store will have them, and they are relatively cheap.

I don't worry about spiffing up my exhaust.. I'd rather spend the time riding.
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Your thinking of steel wool Ted. Scotch Brite is a syntetic material. When you use it, rub in the direction of the factory scuffed polish on the exhaust covers, this is up and down . This way the scuffing will blend in. I spend a half an hour cleaning the chain with a tooth brush, rag and solvent. A good rubber glove saves getting your nails caked with grease.Take it out for a short ride cleaned, get the chain warm and then put some chain lube on it.


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You're right Scooter, I was confusing scotchbrite and SOS pads.

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