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cleaning while its apart.

Postby JDMAG » Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:17 pm



I have several places where grease and road scum has been built up over the years on the 1100 I am "re furbishing" such as around the axels, on the belly and other such places. how would you go about cleaning this? Engine cleaner and a pressure washer? any particular type of degreaser?



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Re: cleaning while its apart.

Postby Mag » Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:26 pm

Gonna wait for this one, need to clean a lot of the grime around the front brakes, and other miscellaneous places while I am doing new projects for the winter ;)

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Re: cleaning while its apart.

Postby brettchallenger » Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:00 am

For these sorts of jobs I use a proprietary engine degreaser and one of those washing up brushes with stiff nylon bristles - don't use the one from the kitchen and then put it back as wives just don't understand this sort of thing! Work in the degreaser with the brush and wash off with a hose. You might have to repeat the process several times. I think you have to be careful with pressure washers as they can force in water to all sorts of places where water shouldn't be. If the parts can be removed, and are resilient/small enough, you can consider putting them in the dishwasher. Again, best done when her indoors is, er, outdoors.

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Re: cleaning while its apart.

Postby dingdong » Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:12 am

I use a good quality brake cleaner and a parts brush for the hard jobs. Be careful though for some of the cheaper brands contain acetone which loves to eat paint and the "green" variety doesn't work very well. While you are in there clean the inside if the exhausts with 0000 steel wool and brake cleaner.
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Re: cleaning while its apart.

Postby tom84std » Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:24 pm

I used one of those orange oil based cleaners in a name brand. It turned my polished aluminum milky white. Not completely but it was visible. I tried washing several times but ended up polishing it to remove the white appearance. Hopefully they've fixed it but I avoid the orange oil based cleaners on my bikes now.

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Re: cleaning while its apart.

Postby JDMAG » Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:43 pm

Something I sprayed on my Forks did that too. Time for some muthers....

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Re: cleaning while its apart.

Postby tom84std » Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:41 pm

I used Gumout brand engine cleaner for a long time but found the Autozone brand to be equal for less money. I swear I can smell diesel when I spray the stuff but it really loosens caked on grease and dirt from the engine and intricate areas but rinses off completely. Spray it down and let it sit while I agitate with a stiff bristle brush and then pressure wash or just a hose with a nozzle. Rinses completely. Furniture polish or Honda Cleaner is great for painted and plastic parts. Spray on and wipe with soft cotton. Leaves a component behind that makes bugs and road scum release easily.

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Re: cleaning while its apart.

Postby JDMAG » Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:56 pm

I bought some of that the other day. I got it off the innerweb. it was a few $$ less that way. Can I use that to clean the shield on my helmet too? what about the windshield on my Pickup? lol!! driving thru Mississippi or Arkansas (rice fields) I get plastered by bugs in the summer. In Arkansas earlier this year I saw 2 skeeters flying off with somebodies Coon hound! :lol:

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Re: cleaning while its apart.

Postby wjnfirearms » Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:39 am

I have found that the store brand engine degreasers are just as good, if not better, than the name brand ones. They are the stuff for badly caked on grease deposits. For everything else, I'd go with Super Clean degreaser. After using several brands over the years, I've found this one to be the best by far.
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Re: cleaning while its apart.

Postby brettchallenger » Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:36 am

Actually, some of the most effective and cheap cleaners/degreasers are petrol (gasoline), diesel and kerosene. Just remember not to smoke and to wear gloves.
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Re: cleaning while its apart.

Postby Happytrails » Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:07 pm

I was going to use a biodegradeable cleaner and soft long bristle brush. Not going to pressure wash but just use a hose and easy flow of water so as not to force water into bad spots. This works great on my truck for cleaning the engine bay and getting brake dust off rims. Grime that seems real similar to the dirty parts of a motorscooter. The first time cleans nice but if you keep after it things really start to sparkle. I just try not to get too crazy with the water in certain areas. I think it will work.


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