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post #1 of 10 Old 09-03-2014, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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919 - Lower Triple Clamp Rust

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My 07 919 has a fair amount of what appears to be surface rust on the lower triple clamp.

When looking at bikes, a lot of the Hornets I saw had rust on the lower clamp and corrosion on the forks - one owner mentioned that it was a known Hornet issue.

Wondering if anyone out there has advice for getting rid of the rust?

I sense it may be a weekend project to remove the lower clamp, sand it down and repaint but if anyone has easier suggestions I'm all ears!

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I dropped the forks, wrapped the bike in plastic, taped the inside of the fork holes, then spray painted them.

I would have powdercoated them, but didn't want to pull the whole triples assembly apart.

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I used Rust-Oleum Rust Reformer on mine when I moved from bone dry Ontario to moisture and salt soaked Malibu and the triple clamp and several other parts started to show rust within a couple weeks: Stops RustŪ Rust Reformer Product Page
Flat gray / black, it comes in either a spray or brush on liquid and is a good base coat for another color, or a finish in and of itself. Of course it will be necessary to wash the triple clamp, but past that it can be applied directly to the rust and actually combines with the FE2O3 (that's iron oxide for the chemistry challenged), converting it to a stable compound. Just mask off anything you don't want painted and brush it on. Works like a charm. It is available at most Home Depots.

As a side note, my previous ride, an '88 Hawk, had over 140,000 miles on it when it was retired and the lower triple did not have one spot of rust -- I guess Honda cheaped out on the paint subsequent to that.

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Just mask off anything you don't want painted and brush it on. Works like a charm. It is available at most Home Depots.
This definitely sounds like the easier option than dropping the forks or removing the triple. My only concern with spray painting over the rust is that the rust would still be there, just covered up...

Hopefully I can find an equivalent to the Rust Reformer locally and give it a shot.

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I remember it first being mentioned in 2004, it's cosmetic only, but honestly, you should just give me the bike and never look back.

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I remember it first being mentioned in 2004, it's cosmetic only, but honestly, you should just give me the bike and never look back.
Want to come and get it from New Zealand?

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Want to come and get it from New Zealand?
Heck yeah, but I might not want to ever come back to the states.....

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post #8 of 10 Old 09-07-2014, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Update on this:

I ended up purchasing a product which is a brush on paint/rust killer all in one. I just lightly brushed off the surface rust, made sure it was dust and grease free and then applied the paint. Will put some pictures up later on.

Colour match was great, looks good as new!

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PB Blaster with a red scotchbrite has worked flawlessly for me on a number of different rusted areas. Should be available at most auto stores for it's generally used for breaking free rusted bolts etc.

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post #10 of 10 Old 09-11-2014, 10:47 AM
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Just for the record, Honda uk replaced mine and several others under warranty back in the day. It is a known fault as been mentioned. Most guys just get them blasted and powder coated.

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