crome carb 'tops'


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crome carb 'tops'

Postby smac81wingstandard » Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:18 am



looking for crome "tops" for carbs. 81 gl1100 std. hard to find! gaskets not an issue, mother honda has them. crome shop too expensive! west palm beach fl. help!!



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Re: crome carb 'tops'

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:50 am

No luck with me either for chrome caps.I cleaned mine and painted with aluminum spray.Let it set a day then coated with clear coat epoxy spray.They smoothed out to a nice shine and a even color.
I saw one that had painted them bright red and another gloss black.They all looked good.

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Re: crome carb 'tops'

Postby dingdong » Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:19 pm

Pull the tops and polish them. They will look even better than chrome or paint. I polished all of my covers, forks, carb intakes and tops. Takes about 30 to 45 minutes to polish one top. No clear coat afterwards as it will yellow. Remove any existing clear coat. Scotch Brite pads and Mothers aluminum polish to finish.
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Re: crome carb 'tops'

Postby DaveDanger » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:33 pm

Pretty much any automobile sold in the last 15 years has a clear coat over the base color. Modern clear coats don't yellow like they did 30 years ago. If you don't clear-coat... you WILL polish frequently.

I like 0000 (quad-ought) steel wool and any brand of chrome or aluminum polish for cleaning and polishing my bike parts to a mirror finish. If you've got some really cruddy looking stuff, purchase a quart or gallon can of MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone) from any commercial paint shop (Sherwin Williams, etc) and using good ruber gloves, do the same polishing effort with the steel wool and MEK. It's amazing how well it will help remove that old yellowed clear coat and begin the polishing process on that old oxidized aluminum.

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Re: crome carb 'tops'

Postby smac81wingstandard » Tue May 28, 2013 10:35 am

I know this sounds stupid but how do you remove the tops? The phillips head screws on the tops? Does this "mess" with the carbs any? Vacume or sync of the carbs? HELP! 81 wingstandard. :?:

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Re: crome carb 'tops'

Postby virgilmobile » Tue May 28, 2013 4:26 pm

Yes,2 screws on the cap...
You should always keep the same cap with the same carb with the same slide and preferably the cap in the same rotation (hole for hole)....I freed a sticking slide by rotating the cap 180* once.
I suggest testing the slide action with a shop vac before sticking them back on the bike...
The slides really need to operate smoothly with air flow.

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Re: crome carb 'tops'

Postby NKYWinger » Tue May 28, 2013 6:16 pm

What they said....take them off one at a time (2 Phillips ea) and hit 'em with the buffer. Once the clear coat is removed, it's easy breezy to polish.


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