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scotduke
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2 smokes

Unread post by scotduke » Sun Nov 09, 2014 1:34 am

I've been out on the X5 for two good runs this weekend. It's running well so I might even try it on the work commute next week, one day at least. You do forget how much fun it is to handle a little bike; so much more nimble than the SV. Crack open the throttle and it'll go too. I spent an hour this afternoon scrubbing up the pipes with wire wool and WD40 to get the surface rust off. It seemed to work ok on the rear brake drum too. I'll do some more tomorrow as it seems to polish up ok. When I picked it up from the place that did the MOT a couple of weeks back, the mechanic said two customers had seen it and asked if it was for sale, so it's nice to know it's attracting interest.

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Re: 2 smokes

Unread post by Detour Rd. » Sun Nov 09, 2014 4:36 am

steel wool? gasp.
naval jelly. the pink stuff which is a phosphoric acid jell. That and the plastic scrubby pad. The jelly dissolves the rust and the plastic pad removes it. wont scour the chrome as badly.

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Re: 2 smokes

Unread post by scotduke » Sun Nov 09, 2014 10:15 pm

Hmm, not sure a plastic pad would have enough bite. But I'll try the other stuff.

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Re: 2 smokes

Unread post by DAVE M2 » Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:10 pm

apparently scrunched up aluminium cooking foil works as it is softer than the chrome, but harder than the rust?

coca-cola as lube

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Re: 2 smokes

Unread post by scotduke » Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:41 am

Hmm, I might try scrunched up aluminium foil. The wire wool has a really fine thread. I know chrome is harder than the soft, mild steel used in wire wool.

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