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Offline IakWhisky   scotland

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Downpipe cleaning tips please
on: March 26, 2020, 12:35:58 pm
March 26, 2020, 12:35:58 pm
After a couple of rides on salted roads the downpipe on my 6 month old bike looks like it's 10 years old.

Now seems to be perfect time to tidy it up, so please let me know your top tips on getting it gleaming!
I don't think I have anything like Autosol here. What are my alternative options?

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    Re: Downpipe cleaning tips please
    Reply #1 on: March 26, 2020, 10:25:07 pm
    March 26, 2020, 10:25:07 pm
    There is a thread on the forum about cleaning pipe Harpic max

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    Re: Downpipe cleaning tips please
    Reply #2 on: March 27, 2020, 04:24:03 pm
    March 27, 2020, 04:24:03 pm
    The bleach and wire wool was taking me so long, so decided on power tools. Used Wire Cup Brush (link below) with the drill and the results were perfect. Wiped down and a little Autosol later, it looked good as new. Once you get it back to that, then maybe bleach and wire wool will be easier to keep on top of it twice a year.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000LG0RI8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Sometimes you need a really crooked road to get your head straight

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    Re: Downpipe cleaning tips please
    Reply #3 on: March 27, 2020, 04:31:07 pm
    March 27, 2020, 04:31:07 pm
    *Originally Posted by Pegasus [+]
    The bleach and wire wool was taking me so long, so decided on power tools. Used Wire Cup Brush (link below) with the drill and the results were perfect. Wiped down and a little Autosol later, it looked good as new. Once you get it back to that, then maybe bleach and wire wool will be easier to keep on top of it twice a year.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000LG0RI8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Nice. I think I have some of them somewhere in the garage.  :028:

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    Re: Downpipe cleaning tips please
    Reply #4 on: March 27, 2020, 04:35:29 pm
    March 27, 2020, 04:35:29 pm
    *Originally Posted by thenozzle [+]
    There is a thread on the forum about cleaning pipe Harpic max

    There are also some mixed reports about using Harpic Max and the damage it can cause so I'd rather not use it if I can.

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    Re: Downpipe cleaning tips please
    Reply #5 on: March 28, 2020, 07:29:40 am
    March 28, 2020, 07:29:40 am

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    Re: Downpipe cleaning tips please
    Reply #6 on: March 28, 2020, 09:03:00 am
    March 28, 2020, 09:03:00 am
    No issues for me also on using the Harpic

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    Re: Downpipe cleaning tips please
    Reply #7 on: June 05, 2020, 10:18:30 pm
    June 05, 2020, 10:18:30 pm
    Twice a year a pan sponge works great. I used to ride 30.000 km's a year, in summer, autumn, winter and spring. Never had any problem to keep the down pipe neat and clean.

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    Re: Downpipe cleaning tips please
    Reply #8 on: June 05, 2020, 10:34:15 pm
    June 05, 2020, 10:34:15 pm
    Metal polish is good to use after the bleach to bring the shine back to what is normally a fairly matt looking downpipe.  Just use whatever you have Brasso....etc

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    Re: Downpipe cleaning tips please
    Reply #9 on: June 06, 2020, 11:24:03 am
    June 06, 2020, 11:24:03 am
    It's great when you have the downpipe clean, but then it is a little spoilt when you notice the cat at the back just sitting there covered in corrosion. Is there an easy way to clean that up?
    Sometimes you need a really crooked road to get your head straight