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Thunderbird Twin - Technical Talk Technical talk for the big Thunderbird twin

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Old 03-05-2012, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wheel Rot, Anyone?

This started fairly soon after I got the bike back in Nov '10. It is getting worse. It won't clean off. I think something is corroding the wheels. I have spot-tested all of the chemicals that I have ever used to clean the bike, including disc brake cleaner, and none of them cause the spotting so I don't think it is anything that I did.

I am thinking of asking the dealer to submit this to Triumph as a warranty claim. Any thoughts?

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Never seen that before, strange that it's only on the spokes. Mabey from a tire conditioner?
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reaction from brake dust?
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I've been lucky with the paint over all. The gas tank was a little sensitive to scratching when new, but the paint hardened up over time and has never been a problem.

But I would think that the coating on the wheels should be pretty damn tough. Wheels come into contact with all sorts of nasty stuff from the road.
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There is no coating on the wheels, they are raw billet. You need to really care for those wheels, even water will do that to them if you don't clean and dry them after each ride.

Try ACF50, I put it on my wheels and it stopped that immediately. I am soon going to try Nanolex in the hopes that it will make life easier.

If not, I will get the chrome wheels
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What would be the best definite treatment for the wheels? Chrome or shiny anodizing? and why?
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Do you have to remove the wheels to apply the nanolex?
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What would be the best definite treatment for the wheels? Chrome or shiny anodizing? and why?
For me it would be personal preference... chrome wheels are supplied by Triumph, anodising would be something you would need to do yourself.

Either way wheels are a high maintenance item on a bike if you want them to stay looking good. Maybe anodising would be slightly easier to keep looking good, but I don't really know, I only ever had spoked chrome wheels before and they were not too bad to keep clean and pretty. But that was in the days of drum brakes so there wasn't so much brake dust around to cause havoc with the wheels.
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Do you have to remove the wheels to apply the nanolex?
It would probably make the job easier and more thorough but from what I read on the web site, it could probably be done satisfactorily with the wheels on. If I do it I will probably wait till I need new tyres and the wheels need to come off anyway, then I'll do it at the same time.
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