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post #1 of 22 Old 04-13-2014, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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How do you guys clean your headers? Mine are a little grungy. Would a SOS pad work?

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post #2 of 22 Old 04-13-2014, 11:02 AM
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SOS pads or scotch brite pads work great.

I use brass brite from new zealand. it works so great. Getting some is the problem.

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Thanks I will try the SOS pads first.

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When I was working through the 2002 I just traded off, I hit the headers with 200grit on an random orbit sander, worked up to 600 then called it a day.

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My favorite was the green scotch-brite pads when I had stock headers. 900RR headers don't seen to tarnish nearly as bad so never really have to polish them.


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Mothers mag polish and a rag, wipe it on, wait 5-10min, wipe it off


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Did the SOS it worked decently not as clean as I wanted

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I started with 220 grit sandpaper moved on to 500 then 600 then 800 then 1000 then 1500 then rubbing compound then water and soap to wash the compound off and shined it up with a rag i think they came out pretty nice took a longgg time tho totally worth it Edit: or if youre willing to spend 50$ for a cleaner yoshimura's "stain-magic" seems to work well http://youtu.be/TNuecgpQOAk i've never tried it myself tho.
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I started with 220 grit sandpaper moved on to 500 then 600 then 800 then 1000 then 1500 then rubbing compound then water and soap to wash the compound off and shined it up with a rag i think they came out pretty nice took a longgg time tho totally worth it Edit: or if youre willing to spend 50$ for a cleaner yoshimura's "stain-magic" seems to work well http://youtu.be/TNuecgpQOAk i've never tried it myself tho.
Damn those look clean did you take them off to sand? If so looks like a winter project

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That stain magic looks sweet but $40 is expensive! On eBay it's going for $50 and over!

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Nope didnt take em off

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I started with 220 grit sandpaper moved on to 500 then 600 then 800 then 1000 then 1500 then rubbing compound then water and soap to wash the compound off and shined it up with a rag i think they came out pretty nice took a longgg time tho totally worth it Edit: or if youre willing to spend 50$ for a cleaner yoshimura's "stain-magic" seems to work well http://youtu.be/TNuecgpQOAk i've never tried it myself tho.
Fuckin nice headers! I think I know what im doing this weekend.

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That's an annual chore. Sure brightens up the whole bike.

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Yeah mine are downright filthy right now.

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I guess it would be best to do at the end of season.

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Yeah mine are downright filthy right now.

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I cleaned mine with a SOS pad it worked good but didn't take the stains out. I will clean them with that stain magic in the fall

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I don't really have an off season haha. Southern California it'll take a couple of hours to do an off header cleaning. So im gunna tackle it on thursday. Ill post some before and afters.

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