Polished my lower fork legs


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Brendan65
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Polished my lower fork legs

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Last week in a fit of weather induced boredom I decided to polish my forks. They turned out great. (it was my first time)
Here's a pic of the first leg completed :
shine.jpg


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just started my polishing career last summer, so i am still new at it myself. good stuff, really improves the look of a bike with very little cash layout.
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I polished the forks, timing covers, valve covers and carb tops 18 years ago. No clear coat. I go over once or twice a year with Turtle Wax. Actually gets better with age. Have to say though that I don't ride her in winter. (no
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Never thought of waxing them ... something else to do ! 8-)
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I do a fair amount of polishing when I do a restoration, but I prefer to leave the “brushed” look that Honda put on these bikes when they were built. I have some cleaning wheels, which are basically scotchbrite pads that fit on your buffer (bench type buffer). These wheels do an AMAZING job! The same guy, who is a REALLY nice guy, sells a polishing kit for your buffer. The cleaning wheels are available in two sizes and two grits, and the buffing wheels come in three different “grits” with three different compounds to put on them. I keep a supply of all of his stuff on hand at all times! The cleaning wheels are simply something that I could not do without. I’ll try to include a couple of pictures. His websit is PRYMEMX.COM, and his name is Cameron. If you order from him, tell him I sent you. He already knows I’m a big fan!
Chris

Couldn’t find a picture of just the forks…
Couldn’t find a picture of just the forks…


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Valve covers


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Intake runners

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Did a bit of polishing over the last couple of years. It makes the bike sparkle:






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Brendan65 wrote: Sun Feb 06, 2022 5:21 pm Last week in a fit of weather induced boredom I decided to polish my forks. They turned out great. (it was my first time)
Here's a pic of the first leg completed :
shine.jpg
They look great. What did you use and method to get that great look?
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Pure polishing and elbow grease!!
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This works for more than just the Wings. I have done it to my Suzuki C50. It started as cleaning the bugs off at the end of the season now it looks like new forks. Now I need to go clean and wax them.
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icebrew4me wrote: Wed Mar 02, 2022 4:43 pm Pure polishing and elbow grease!!
That looks better than new!


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