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guzziownr
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PostSubject: Cleaning the pipes   Wed May 18, 2016 5:57 pm

A recent post on Wildguzzi led to this:

My recently purchased 2013 G12 SE had some weird gunk stuck to the headers so I cleaned it up today:

(1)  Barkeepers friend and a scotchbrite pad
(2)  1000 grit wet and dry, wet with dish soap
(3)  Meguiars metal polish, cordless sander, foam pad

Quick and easy.

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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning the pipes   Thu May 19, 2016 6:13 am

I use 0000 grit steel wool with semichrome polish (pink stuff from Germany) or just a rag if it's not too bad. 0000 steel wool & lots of polish was recommended by my buddy Mike Haven at MPH cycles.
It doesn't seem like I can go two weeks without having to do it again. I live in Houston where humidity is a fact of life & feels like it attributes to it.
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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning the pipes   Thu May 19, 2016 8:18 am

Those clean pipes do look nice, but despite my seemingly endless list of O/C tendencies in all things, including my Guzzis, my "dirty" ones have never bothered me.

My GRiSO's still look pretty good, but my EV and Norge's have various discoloration and stains.  

I am unable to explain why I really don't fret about that, but care deeply about, e.g., a dirty state tag.  Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning the pipes   Thu May 19, 2016 10:05 am

Bill Hagan wrote:
Those clean pipes do look nice, but despite my seemingly endless list of O/C tendencies in all things, including my Guzzis, my "dirty" ones have never bothered me.

My GRiSO's still look pretty good, but my EV and Norge's have various discoloration and stains.  

I am unable to explain why I really don't fret about that, but care deeply about, e.g., a dirty state tag.  Rolling Eyes

Bill

I agree. I let the pipes discolor and enjoy their visual evolution. To me they are a symbol of a bike well enjoyed. The rest gets the royal treatment as needed.
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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning the pipes   Thu May 19, 2016 6:21 pm

I like the gold color, melted black plastic less so.

When I am next in Winchester Va I will show Mr. Hagan the fruits of my labors.
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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning the pipes   Thu May 19, 2016 7:23 pm

guzziownr wrote:
I like the gold color, melted black plastic less so.  

When I am next in Winchester Va I will show Mr. Hagan the fruits of my labors.

Cool. cheers

Mr. Hagan Wink



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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning the pipes   Fri May 20, 2016 6:29 am

About once a year I take the time to clean the headers , it easy and just requires some elbow grease ..
1000 grit wet dry paper , penetrating oil on the paper (that's the wet) go in the direction of the pipe with the grain front to back , I use some glass cleaner  to remove the mess , and I am done
The penetrating oil works to decrease the cut of the grit of the sanding paper , in effect turning the 1000 grit to perhaps a 1200plus also it helps to remove the stains on the pipe .. so usually one go and your done ...in effect wet fine sanding with a lubricant ...

the nice gold color returns after a few heat cycles BTW

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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning the pipes   Thu May 26, 2016 9:17 am

They look great, mine are not just a healthy colour but sadly look terrible..that stain you had appearing on yours is covering mine.. to do list for sure,
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