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Old 01-13-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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KLR and Chrome Polish... Help needed

Yup, you read it right. I used chrome polish on my KLR650 tonight. Both front and back wheels. And... It gets worse... I did the spokes too

I think I am going a bit stir crazy with the lack of riding due to winter. It was 15*F for a high and -1* for a low with lots of snow in SLC so not too motivated to get on the bike. This is my rationalization for using the polish. I know, it's not valid rationalization. Please help me
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:57 PM   #2
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Move! Sounds like the left coast is calling your name. Did a 300mile ride of coastline, mountains and desert just 2 days ago. Although it could use a bath, I will not be breaking out the polish.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:17 PM   #3
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KLRs look better when you ugly them up!
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:39 PM   #4
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I washed mine today don't feel too bad.....


I had to clean the mud/salt mess up from a full day of riding yesterday.

All typos and misspellings blamed on my phone.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:56 PM   #5
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I thought it was a felony to clean a KLR beyond hosing off the big chunks.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:10 PM   #6
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:36 AM   #7
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A shot of Wd40 and a rag takes off the bigger chunks or the stray chain lube,
you know, that chain lube that says it dont fly off the chain?

Yeah, right.

The other detailing item I like is a canister of those baby bum wipes.

They are handy on the KLR for keeping hands and other cracks clean too.

Ride on brother.

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Old 01-14-2013, 06:02 AM   #8
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[QUOTE=biensur22;20475933. Although it could use a bath, I will not be breaking out the polish.[/QUOTE]

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Old 01-14-2013, 07:09 AM   #9
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Yup, you read it right. I used chrome polish on my KLR650 tonight. Both front and back wheels. And... It gets worse... I did the spokes too

I think I am going a bit stir crazy with the lack of riding due to winter. It was 15*F for a high and -1* for a low with lots of snow in SLC so not too motivated to get on the bike. This is my rationalization for using the polish. I know, it's not valid rationalization. Please help me
Without pictures, it never happened.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:04 AM   #10
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Without pictures, it never happened.
Exactly.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:26 AM   #11
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I thought y'all might want a photo as proof ...
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:42 AM   #12
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I thought y'all might want a photo as proof ...
That's disgusting.
A KLR should never be that clean. Next you'll try to polish the swing arm.
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:23 PM   #13
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I think those wheels are clear coated aluminum.

Chrome polish will not work on them.

If you want them to stay that clean and be easy to clean next time hit them with some sort of simple wax.

Plexus or simply Pledge will work.
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:30 PM   #14
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Yea, they didn't polish in the typical fashion but, the polish had enough detergents in it to get off grease and tar and give them a bit of shine.
I used the wadding chrome and metal polish
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:27 PM   #15
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Yea, they didn't polish in the typical fashion but, the polish had enough detergents in it to get off grease and tar and give them a bit of shine.
I used the wadding chrome and metal polish

Neverdull?

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