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Open House => Tech Talk => Topic started by: norton73 on December 26, 2016, 09:39:36 AM

Title: Cleaning Dirt Bike Headers Question
Post by: norton73 on December 26, 2016, 09:39:36 AM
Back on Bama Rides v1.0, there was a couple threads about cleaning header pipes Sanmax? was the name of the person that did the original post and that's what the process was called?

Working on the XT350 and want to clean these up before I put them back;

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Yamaha-XT350/i-Cphtczq/0/XL/2016-12-26%20001%202016-12-26%20001-XL.jpg)
Title: Re: Cleaning Dirt Bike Headers Question
Post by: springer on December 26, 2016, 09:59:32 AM
Got access to a bead blaster? Not sand blaster, that might be to strong.
Title: Re: Cleaning Dirt Bike Headers Question
Post by: jrobinson on December 26, 2016, 02:37:15 PM
His name was Sammax. Here's a link on another forum by Karla.

http://f650.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-32147.html
Title: Re: Cleaning Dirt Bike Headers Question
Post by: norton73 on December 26, 2016, 03:50:03 PM
Thanks for the link.

I've got a blasting cabinet, but it's got walnut shells in it right now. I don't feel like changing it out.
Title: Re: Cleaning Dirt Bike Headers Question
Post by: Jwwr on December 26, 2016, 05:06:14 PM
I use a brass bristled brush and water on my dirt bike headers, works good.
Title: Re: Cleaning Dirt Bike Headers Question
Post by: Chitza on December 27, 2016, 02:23:47 AM
Smitty908 and Moto Guzzi were the original posters for this technique on BR 1.0.

Bar Keepers Friend and water. Make a paste. Scrub with a scouring pad. Rinse.
Title: Re: Cleaning Dirt Bike Headers Question
Post by: norton73 on December 27, 2016, 09:43:00 AM
Scotchbright pad with water and simple green took the dirt off, along with the paint. Ended up using a brass brush to clean the tight spots up.
Looks like I will be getting out the bbq paint.

Thanks for all the replies.
Title: Re: Cleaning Dirt Bike Headers Question
Post by: IceCold4x4 on December 27, 2016, 04:37:55 PM
just an FYI for the future a buddy of mine does ceramic coating that's good to 1600 degree's said he'd do my entire zrx exhaust for 125. Might hold up better than BBQ paint
Title: Re: Cleaning Dirt Bike Headers Question
Post by: Jwwr on December 28, 2016, 06:15:05 AM
Scotchbright pad with water and simple green took the dirt off, along with the paint. Ended up using a brass brush to clean the tight spots up.

Sorry about your paint. I couldn't tell from the photo those were painted. I assumed they were stainless steel, which the brass brush works well on.