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Old 11-05-2012, 04:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wheel cleaners?

Any recommendations for a wheel cleaner? Hoping for a spray-it-on-rinse-it-off type of product. I've got some of the waterless spay cleaner stuff, but the wheels are pretty grungy right now.


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Old 11-05-2012, 05:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I used a Mother's brand wheel foam. It worked great. But was totally unsafe for a motorcycle tire. It said so right on the label! Slickest snot I've ever encountered since zanthan gum! Cleaned the wheel great with a little assistance with a soft brush. I came to find out that Mother's also makes wheel cleaners that are safe for motorcycles. Read the label! For me, that means I have to bring my readers with me. Be aware that some cleaners leave a slippery residue which is not safe for use on motorcycles.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My '08 has never seen a hose or bucket. I like this stuff for the wheels because it cuts through the grime pretty good and leaves a nice gloss. Lots of guys use it on their whole bike but I prefer a waterless cleaner for that.

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I use simple green, have for years and it works great!
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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For all the gunk that gets on your wheels, especially if you use chain lube, I use ordinary household kerosene on a rag. Cheap as chips and works a treat. Its just a really crapy job. Kerosene won't damage rubber, etc.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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WD-40 all the way. Fantastic stuff.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Stay away from the heavy duty wheel cleaners and inexpensive industrial grime cutters. Although they're really effective in cutting grease, they're highly acidic and will etch the finish on your wheels in no time. Some of them will take the zinc finish off of the non-painted metal surfaces. Even the dark gray/black wheels will get a hazy dull finish to them over time if you use an acidic cleaner/degreaser.
Simple Green is a good, effective but gentle product. P21S is a more expensive but acid-neutral & very effective degreaser.
Follow up with a good wax/sealant. I like Rejex. It will make cleaning the wheels easier the next time.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Great ideas. Thanks!


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Old 11-05-2012, 09:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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On my old gixxer, with cast painted wheels, I used foaming oven cleaner. Cut through grime, brake dust, and chain lube. But it stained anodizing and I'm sure any chrome. Now, with my Thruxton I don't dare use it on the wire wheels.
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Eagle One works

I recently used Eagle One aluminum wheel cleaner, worked a charm, although my wheels were so grungy I did need to use a small brush to work it in a bit, one of their products was labeled "not for motorcycle wheels" so read the label! I had just bought the bike, and the previous owner never cleaned it evidently...
This product comes in a silver-grey pump spray bottle, so no cfc propellants either!
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