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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-09-2011, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Dent/scratches on tors

I spun out the other day on some loose road base, dropped the bike and dented and scratched my L/H tor. because i have rear dresser bars , it is only about the size of a bar of soap and hard to see when its on the stand unless you look for it. I know its there so i'am always looking at it and thinking what a dill i was for doing it!.Any of you fellas got any ideas on how to get the dent out and restore the finish?. the scratches are quiet deep and i know it wont be perfect again but for such a small ding that you cant really see till you lean the bike right i will try and fix it .Thanks.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-10-2011, 12:16 AM
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Nope....ain't gonna happen unfortunately. Getting scratches out of chrome isn't possible regardless of what anyone tells you. I have some in my tors too, and a dent as well where i dropped a socket. Man these things dent easy ! Anyways, i have tried everything but chrome cannot be fixed in any way aside from having them rechromed. You can try to polish out scratches with a very fine metal polish and microfiber, but the best you can do is improve them about 20% at most. The problem is that chrome is super hard and anything abrasive enough to remove scratches will only add worse scratches or go thru the ultra thin chrome finish. Even when you polish with a abrasive metal polish no matter how fine, regardless of whether or not any of the flaws come out to any degree, you may not see it but the polishing will add fine scratching or haziness that you will be able to see under certain light conditions.

Not to sound like i'm blowing my own horn, but i've been polishing metals for many years and i'm fairly knowledgeable about i. But chrome is the one thing i've never found way to fix. I too have asked in desperate hope that someone would have an answer that no one else seems to know of, but like anything else, if there was an answer you'd find it easily online. I'm fanatical about my bike's looks and have a lot of flaws in many of my chrome parts, so i'd be the first one in line if there was something that worked. But there isn't so i live with it.

Anyways, i feel your pain because i bought a used set of tor shorts that was pretty beat up, and i liked them so much i figured i'd sell them and get a fresh new flawless set. I did that and quickly proceeded to add those scratches and that dent ! ARG !!!!!
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-10-2011, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks dazco, I got the tor off and yes it looks a bit grim but i will get the dremal on to it and clean it up and see how it go's. Did you put a thread in about taking off the rear caliper cause now i have taken off the tor you can get to it no worries?.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-10-2011, 01:37 AM
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I didn't take the caliper off, but bu removing the pipe i was able to change pads. It's a bit tricky but it's doable w/o removing the wheel.

Be careful with the dremel....very good chance of making it worse. (IMO a sure thing)
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-10-2011, 04:06 AM
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Will someone be so good as to explain what a Tor is please? In a lifetime of biking I've never heard the word before except that's what we call the hills on Dartmoor!
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-10-2011, 04:21 AM
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Hi Alan
I live in Devon and so know Dartmoor well. Lol.
TORS are the aftermarket silencers that Triumph sell. Think it stands for Triumph off road silencer.
I've got the day off today and gonna ride across the moors heading to the North Cornwall coast.
All the best, Rob.

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