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Old 10-26-2012, 03:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Chrome header issue

Rode my bike today, started to rain at end of ride, so went back home and put bike in garage. Noticed the finish of the exhaust header on the right side had dulled (not discolored). Was wiping the water off the bike and ran the rag over the header and could feel the chrome finish was not as smooth as before. After biked cooled down, tried to wipe/clean it off with windex, cleaner, etc, but cannot get finish back to bright chrome. Any ideas what could be wrong? What can I do to get finish back? Thanks!
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Noticed the finish of the exhaust header on the right side had dulled (not discolored).
Any ideas what could be wrong? What can I do to get finish back? Thanks!
Have you done any mods, how many miles? Most motorcycles run very lean with the stock tune. If you have done anything to increase air flow in or out without adjusting the fueling the exhaust could be a bit hotter. Have you checked the carb / throttle body sync?

I had the left side header pipe blue very early, in the first 500 miles. Dealer replaced it under warranty and said my throttle bodies (EFI not carb) were OUT of sync. Since I have done a few non-recommended mods and ran a bit lean for a while. Chrome on both my header pipes is deteriorating. Plastic bags & such that have stuck to the headers hasn't helped I'm sure. I'm probably to blame.

Not sure what would help but you could try "blue job" or some other quality chrome polish and a good bit of elbow grease.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nothing done recently, with the exception of an oil change. Only the header on the right side has been contaminated. Not sure if something dripped on the header, or washed off the bike onto the header when the bike got wet. Don't think it's due to heat, it's not blueing, just has dulled from the head about 6" out on the header with a dull blotchy finish. Will pick up some chrome polish and extra fine steel wool and test a very small area to see what can be done. Will follow up and let you know what happens.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Try wiping area down with white vinegar while the pipes are cool,then rinse with clear water and dry with soft cloth,hope it helps.
Minerals in the water may have deposited after the water was cooked off the hot pipe.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Managed to remove the blemishes with a product called Flitz, a metal polish/cleaner. Application with a rag removed some of it, however the stubborn areas and heavy deposits required a very fine steel wool and Flitz and now they look as good as new. Not sure what got on there, could very easily have been mineral deposits. What does everyone use to polish and protect their chrome exhausts?
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Try BluJob..great stuff
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