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post #1 of 22 Old 12-04-2008, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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called the stripper over to play with...

my wheels! NUTS!

I did the rim first with wheel on bike. Too much stripper on some parts and dripped on hub. Discovered this 15 minutes later...now there is this single silver streak in the sea of black. Hmmm...alright then. Removed both wheels and decided to strip entire wheel.

Rim was easiest...the hub and spoke were next in line. Hardest were the webbing in the middle and corner of spokes. I used an entire can of Tal Stip II. 2 pieces of fine grade steel wool for the stubborn parts. A small flat head to slowly pick at any spot the wool missed.

Took me 9 hours total...I started on Tuesday, 3 hours each afternoon. After the strip, used acetone for a good wipe. Then some Mother's polish on the machined rim. And finally, sore shoulders and back.

It matches the forks and triple clamps. The rear somewhat flows with the brushed swingarm and muffler. The oem black powdercoat had a mute expression and now it has liven up a bit. I'm almost done with the bike...waiting on a bike side pillion seat cowl.

Anyone else who wants to completely strip their wheels, this is what it looks like.

Here are the pics...






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post #2 of 22 Old 12-04-2008, 11:04 PM
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I like the look, but I can't help but wonder how much of a !#%^& it will be to clean the rims of brake dust.

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post #3 of 22 Old 12-05-2008, 03:04 AM
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That's good work. On the front, in addition to the forks, that brake line with the clean rotors is a really good look.

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post #4 of 22 Old 12-05-2008, 03:39 AM
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A little off topic, but I place my swingarm stand just ahead of the weld, not behind. I'm nervous about the pads slipping off the tapered ends, although I will admit they have creeped forward when wet during a wash.

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post #5 of 22 Old 12-05-2008, 03:48 AM
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Looks very cool! Nice job

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loooks great, but a pain in the neck to clean

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post #7 of 22 Old 12-05-2008, 05:47 AM
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from what I can tell (on my phone) that looks good.

can't wait to see what it looks like where I can view full img.

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post #8 of 22 Old 12-05-2008, 08:49 AM
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Sort of the Anti-Stealth look. I like it!

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post #9 of 22 Old 12-05-2008, 08:59 AM
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Nice touch. Very clean looking bike.

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post #10 of 22 Old 12-05-2008, 09:36 AM
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That looks awesome, wish I had done it to mine...when I had it.

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Not anti stealth, Stainless steel.

I like that a lot.

I'm just too lazy/busy to do my own.

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Dude, that looks great with the white paint! Hours of back-breaking work, but it turned out great. Nice job!

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Very CUSTOM, I like it.

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Nice, I really like the white paint. I compounded out the paint on a emerald green '72 Ford Torino GT one time and it sure made my arms scream so I feel your pain.
That white paint sure would look super with deep triple chrome plating, at least in my mind's eye. I was thinking about doing that to my Hondas rims but now I just bought a bike with chrome rims, and that took care of that.
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Very nice. Looks great with the white paint.

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post #16 of 22 Old 12-05-2008, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to all. Cleaning these wheels will be the easiest compared to the other vehicles at home. The BBS mesh on my civic and the WORK mesh on mum's fit are the worst...

I have to watch for oxidation on the bare machined aluminum. It is quite easy to polish with wheel stands...just sit there like an idiot while spinning the wheel hundred of times. When I do get fed up with polishing will probably sent them out for powdercoating...maybe just clearcoat or with white spokes.

semi_gray: Thanks for the concern. I had initially placed the stands in front of the welds but they kept creeping around every time I moved the bike around. Behind the weld, I can roll the bike all over the place without them budging one bit. Though it does wear out the rubber quick...I just replaced a pair today.

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Real nice, white always looks good. Cars, Boats, Motorcycles, and easy to keep clean believe or not, but I don't think it would look good on a Snow Machine.

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Real nice, white always looks good. Cars, Boats, Motorcycles, and easy to keep clean believe or not, but I don't think it would look good on a Snow Machine.
well ... it makes you pay attention to where you parked it...

or you develop patience waiting for spring to find your snowmobile...lol



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post #19 of 22 Old 12-05-2008, 09:24 PM
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I know your pain on the wheel stripping, took me the better part of the morning to do just the lip. Dig the color man, +1

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post #20 of 22 Old 12-05-2008, 10:20 PM
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Very nice work. Bike comes together very well.

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post #21 of 22 Old 12-06-2008, 06:10 AM
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Looks nice up against the white. Job well done.

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post #22 of 22 Old 12-06-2008, 06:29 AM
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Hell , It only took the dealer a few seconds to "Polish" My rims LH lip when they changed the rear tire~

The white does look good, Stealth cop bike....

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