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Jayke98
Posted on Sunday, June 04, 2017 - 01:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

This is a pretty simple and straight forward question, but how do I know what different parts of my bike are made of? For example the block im guessing is a aluminum alloy cast type deal. I think the covers are made of something a little different. Haha im just not sure how to tell or if they are all made of the same material?
P.S Im trying to polish up my parts, so I would like to know what they are made of.
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Upthemaiden
Posted on Sunday, June 04, 2017 - 10:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

To the best of my knowledge, I don't think there's anything magnesium or anything special like that. Everything is pretty much case aluminum or steel.

Any of the engine covers can be polished. I've seen people polish the triple clamps, the metal plate the gauges are mounted in, the bigger aluminum swingarms(I think a 97 M2 came with the aluminum swingarm)
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Hootowl
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2017 - 08:45 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

99 was the first year for Aluminum swingarm.
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Jayke98
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2017 - 09:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Ahh gotcha man. Before I polished the covers I removed the layer of enamel with paint stripper. Some of the paint stripper made it's way on the otherwise of the cover it self. After I finish polishing it should I put more enamel on it? I don't want it to corrode or rust. BUT if I do that wouldn't it hide my nice polishing job??
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Natexlh1000
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2017 - 11:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Yeah the clearcoat is to keep it looking shiny with a minimum of effort.
Aluminum gets cloudy pretty quickly when exposed.
Once you polish a thing, you must from then on, keep polishing a thing.

This is why it's best to keep everything covered in mud.
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Jayke98
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2017 - 06:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Makes sense, but what if one were to say, polish a thing then put a clear coat on it. would such thing stay polished until the clear coat is removed? I mean it would also make sense right?
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Lakes
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2017 - 07:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You can polish it then show us all!!!
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Ratbuell
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2017 - 09:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Clearcoat can lift - especially on hot parts like engine parts. If you saw any spots that looked like milky worm trails...that's lifting clearcoat. I used to strip the wheels on my Shelby Dodge cars all the time for the same reason - the clear would lift off, get milky underneath, and look like poo. But as noted...once stripped and polished, you have to KEEP it polished. Like, every time you wash the vehicle. If you want a finish that'll last, go fo powdercoating. They can actually get pretty close to a "chrome" finish, or a polished finish, and it'll hold up forever.
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H0gwash
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2017 - 09:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I won't clear coat anything because I don't have the patience for 100% perfection. I kind of crap out at 80% in the looks department, I just make sure it doesn't leak anywhere. You can clear coat it but odds are it won't be perfect and it will cloud up and then you've got to remove the clear coat to polish it again.
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Jayke98
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 07:44 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Alright makes sense. But yeah I'm trying to make this thing look prime nice so I will try a powder coat and just see how it all looks. And on one cover I'm going to try just the best clear coat you can get and see how long it last compared to the powder coat
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