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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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How much bluing is normal?

How much bluing is normal on 01 TB pipes near the head? Runs perfect. Stock everything.

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A lot is normal. (A lot is also somewhat subjective...) Go up to 40 on your pilot jets and you may mitigate it slightly, but, bottom line, the exhaust gasses are very hot and the metal on the headers is pretty thin.

There are products that are purported to remove the blue. Don't know if they work, or if they're worth the trouble.

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I'm not worried about the appearance at all, I kind of like it. My concern with it was running too lean, but the bike runs perfectly

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The guy that had it before me must have polished it before I bought it
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kdunlop,

Hey, that is about what my 98' had the whole time I owned it. The pipes on our bikes are fairly heavy. Some of the Bonnies blue all the way to the muffler's.

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Mine are significantly bluer, but I have a California model-unmodified-which I believe runs leaner at idle and low throttle. And I don't clean them much.
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Legend has it if you don' run fast for the first 5k miles or so they will blue less, if you ride hard and heat them up a lot when the steel is young they are more likey to blue.


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