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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
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Speed Triple Exhaust Cleaning

Looking at the exhaust system on my S3, I notice some discolouration of the metal and road grime beginning to build up. Read the maintenance manual, gave it a wash but I'm seeking advice before attacking the metal with anything that might have me regretting my actions. Triumph also recommend Motorex 645 which seems a rather expensive product and not stocked locally - I'd appreciate your tips and shared experiences.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 07:52 AM
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Harpic Blue Toilet Cleaner

Believe it or not, I have found the best S/S cleaner (especially for burned on crude on exhaust pipes, as well as the burnishing caused by heat), to be:



Harpic Blue. If this product is not available in your location look for a similar toilet cleaning liquid with the following chemical composition: Tallow Trimethylammonium Chloride 0.47% m/m

Application: Use an old toothbrush and a small amount of water - leave for 5 minutes and then washing it off. Reapply if surface badly coated with burned on street crude.

Note: This product only works on Stainless Steel and not Chromium finishes. While gloves should be used when applying the product, there is no reaction to aluminium engine cases -- I tried this out to make sure!

Important Note: None of the other Harpic 'colours' work! In other words they have different chemical compositions.

Talking to a rep here in South Africa the formula in the blue bottle is the same used commercially to clean S/S urinals


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I use this with some good results

http://www.getgeared.co.uk/OptiGlanz..._Steel_Cleaner

It's pretty strong so I'd recommend rubber gloves & some sort of eye protection.

I tend not to spray it on but put it on a scourer & give it a good rub.

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I just use Mothers Mag Polish... I also use a non caustic household SS appliance cleaner for regular cleaning. The Mothers will really make the pipes gleam. I avoid using caustics at all costs, if I have to wear gloves to use it, I don't want it near painted surfaces

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I've used this stuff with great results
http://www.jpcycles.com/product/440-...FY-d4AodIGgAzg
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I have had great success with Nevr-Dull. I like wadding polish for pipes, helps to scrub off road crud.
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Thanks fella's,
Appreciate you sharing your varied tips ............ an evening in the garage beckons.
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Hey? What year is your bike??? Are u running this stock exhaust?


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Keep the rubber side down!!!
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Hey? What year is your bike??? Are u running this stock exhaust?


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Currently running the stock exhaust on a 2012 S3. Interesting number of different metals/finishes that make up this unit - all to be kept spick and span.
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