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Show Chrome vs Add On

Post by JohnUSA » Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:47 am



I'm looking at some "upgrades", and both Show Chrome and Add On market some near identical products.

With many of these products made in China, it wouldn't surprise me if both of these came out of different doors of the same factory.

Has anyone found any real difference in quality between the two? I've found BIG swing in prices. I want to be mindful of my wallet, but not sacrifice real quality in the name of saving a buck.

An additional question: Has anyone found any one product by either of these distributors that you would not purchase again?

Hope I'm not asking "forbidden" questions... :)

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John



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Re: Show Chrome vs Add On

Post by Corkster52 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:56 am

That's a really good question, so it will be interesting to see the responses you get. Over the years I have bought quite a few chromed parts for my 1500 and some of them blister, or flake off, very quickly.

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Re: Show Chrome vs Add On

Post by Andy Cote » Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:05 pm

I agree that many of the chrome parts from Showchrome/BBP, Add-On and Kuryakyn tend to be inexpensive Chinese products and likely made in the same factory. But when it comes to GL1500 many of these items are now discontinued and you are limited to existing inventories. As you look at the retailer websites (or worse yet, FleaBay) you need to verify they actually have them. As the saying goes, "My bananas are only 15 cents when I don't have any."

I found most of these products to be just okay, like the guy that assembled the carnival ride on the TV commercial. On my GL1500, I don't remember anything that was complexly worthless. I did buy a neck cover for my Valkyrie that I yanked and threw away. I have some Add-On brand lights on my GL1800 that were very expensive and I was very unhappy with (details on product review page).

I prefer some products when I can. Rivco, Mick-O-Pegs, Ultimate Seat, Butler cups, Baker Wind Wings are all small specialty companies with good value products. I did only a couple chrome pieces on my GL1800 and ceramic coated everything to help keep the chome from plating.
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Re: Show Chrome vs Add On

Post by Corkster52 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:34 pm

Andy Cote wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:05 pm
I did only a couple chrome pieces on my GL1800 and ceramic coated everything to help keep the chome from plating.
How did you go about "ceramic" coating the chrome?

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Re: Show Chrome vs Add On

Post by Big Blue UK » Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:15 pm

The aftermarket Addon, Kury, Show chrome on my trike has been on 6 years and still like new, but it comes at a price. I wax all the aftermarket chrome including the Lightning Head covers every month from March - Sept. No Mickey Mouse liquid wax. Replaced too much tarnished stuff in the past, but that was before I retired, when I had little enough time to ride, let alone wash n wax.
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Re: Show Chrome vs Add On

Post by C-dub » Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:01 pm

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I have this rack from Wingstuff by Add-On. It’s a great rack except that the length of the support arm is about 1-2” too short and the front edge of the rack is underneath my back fender thing under the license plate. I cannot use the full surface of the rack. I’m also using the bushtec vertical hitch also bought from wingstuff on the same order.
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Re: Show Chrome vs Add On

Post by Andy Cote » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:43 pm

Corkster52 wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:34 pm

How did you go about "ceramic" coating the chrome?

Thanks

I think there is a post around here on the subject. Below is one company that produces a ceramic product (I am NOT related to this guy): https://ceramicpro.com/getprotected/

The ceramic coating is wicked hard. Much harder than wax. Very, very durable and sheds dirt and water.

I have the CeramicPro on my bike and Optimum Opti-pro on my truck. Theese are products used by trained professional automotive detailers. There are DIY kits but when you put this product on it locks in what's underneath. It's all about the prep so it was worth it to me to have the bike compeletely detailed first. They can come with warranties which may or may not require annual inspections/touch-ups.
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Re: Show Chrome vs Add On

Post by 89 1500 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:30 am

Chinese chrome will eventually pit, tarnish, flake and bubble off if overlooked period. When I traded up to my 92 it had the market cornered on after market chrome add on's. A lot of it going down hill. It took a lot of time but I saved a lot of it. What I couldn't was either tossed or painted Mercury phantom black. Sadly no one chromes like H-D if so we'd only have to buy an add on once.

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Re: Show Chrome vs Add On

Post by Viking » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:27 pm

I have been using all of the above mentioned manufacturers products for years, and only buy the one I want when I see it. I have been pleasantly surprised with just about everything I have bought and installed. This is on all the bikes I have owned over the years. I have not had one single bad experience. I do not know how to go about "saving" any of this stuff from going bad, and have never had any go bad in fact. I do have some footpegs from Kuryakyn installed as highway pegs that are beginning to dull, but I think that is from dirt and dust kicked up by the front wheel. I shall try some hard wax on them and see if that helps. These may be the first things to go bad in my accessory category.


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