seat improvement,vinegar and chrome,site glass

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seat improvement,vinegar and chrome,site glass

Post by virgilmobile »

This is a collage of things I've done to my gl1200.It should apply to others as well.
First is the 28 year old foam in my seat.I just had to improve it.I found a hunter stand seat at Academy sports for $15.I could kneel in it on the concrete floor.It's not the $85 gel pad,but it's better than whats in there.
The contouring of the seat foam is the trick to distribute the butt weight better.It's better than just flat.
I've tried both.

My next adventure is the chrome....98 cent bottle of white vinegar and 98 cent roll of aluminum foil.
I used a spray bottle.Some stains wont come out,like the battery acid ones.

Some rust is so bad that nothing helped.Some areas are pitted badly and show some improvement.Light speckling or rust hazing came out spectacular.

Now the brake reservoir.
It was yellowed,cracking and leaking.Unfortunately I didn't take a bunch of pictures but you get the idea here.
I used a piece of 1/8" Plexiglas and JB Weld.I drained enough fluid to clear the site glass only.That way I don't have to bleed the master cylinder again.
I let it cure for 24 hours and filled it back up.I just wiped the excess off to the edges.

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Post by amsoilguy »

Great tips Virgil...thanks!

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Post by Mag »

I am definitely going to need to replace to site glass on the brake reseviour, this is a great idea.
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Post by Sidcar »

I've had good results on badly pitted chrome using Solvol aluminium polish and aluminium rod (an old Triumph Bonneville push rod) hammered flat at one end.
Apply polish with a cloth and rub the pitted spots with the flat end of the rod.


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