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post #1 of 7 Old 09-01-2013, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Clean headers are Happy headers!...

Well, I had a spare minute today, so I figured I would share my attempt at cleaning up my headers.

(Polishing disclaimer) Before I get flamed, I agree with the ride more than you polish mantra....but, I also believe in keeping my tools / toys at least moderately clean...and having a little pride of ownership is not wrong (IMHO).

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My headers are exposed to everything, and especially anything that the front tire rolls through / slings up. After 15K miles...they have a fairly nasty brownish / black crud of road grime and tar baked onto them.





A buddy had told me to grab some of this stuff from Home Depot. I think it was like $5.



I put just about a half inch of water in my bucket, and almost all the can of BKF, making it into a slurry (just short of being a paste)

I soaked my 3M Scotchbrite pad in it, and went to work....

After just a little scrubbing, something was starting to show...



After about 5 minutes of scrubbing....I had a nice dull stainless appearance!



It only took about 35-40 minutes, and one worn out scotchbrite pad, and I had cleaned 98% of the gunk off!

It gave the headers a nice 'bead blasted' look.








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post #2 of 7 Old 09-01-2013, 03:14 PM
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Nice work Tim. That barkeeper's friend is some good stuff. I used to find myself wanting to clean the stock headers pretty often. I have 900RR headers now that they must be a little better grade of stainless, because I never hardly have to touch them.

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i have always wanted to clean up my headers.... but every time i pull the bike out to wash / clean stuff... its got a sad look on it and says take me for a ride pleeeeease.... and i cant resist those sad puppy eyes it gives me.

Headers look goood man!

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Wow, quite a difference! Nice job.
Love that color bike too.

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post #5 of 7 Old 09-01-2013, 05:59 PM
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Nice work Tim. That barkeeper's friend is some good stuff. I used to find myself wanting to clean the stock headers pretty often. I have 900RR headers now that they must be a little better grade of stainless, because I never hardly have to touch them.
919 headers are not stainless. They're chromed mild steel.

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919 headers are not stainless. They're chromed mild steel.
That splains it

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-01-2013, 08:13 PM
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looks pretty good. I think the New zealand brass brite does better since it is wipe on wipe off, but that plus scott brite pads is a good USA solution

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