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Old 09-27-2007, 02:27 PM   #1
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1200 GSA Exhaust "Blueing"

I have just bought a new R1200 GSA with the chrome (optional) front pipes ~ I have now done 1100 miles and they aint chrome anymore :( very blue and discoloured ~ how do you keep them looking like new?
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Old 09-27-2007, 02:41 PM   #2
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I have just bought a new R1200 GSA with the chrome (optional) front pipes ~ I have now done 1100 miles and they aint chrome anymore :( very blue and discoloured ~ how do you keep them looking like new?
You don't. All chrome pipes blue. Those Harleys you see all have heat shields over the pipes. I suppose you can use "blue-away" on a regular basis to keep them chromie...but that might get old after awhile and will help, but not get them back 100 %

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/blue-away/

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Old 09-27-2007, 02:46 PM   #3
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You paid for them to turn blue, instead of shit brown like the rest of us! You CAN polish them back to chrome, but what's the point.

If you want them to stay silver, get the ceramically coated: www.jet-hot.com and others.
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Old 09-27-2007, 02:49 PM   #4
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The "Chrome Muffler" option is strictly that, a chromed muffler vs stainless muffler. They all have the same headpipes that blue regardless of a chrome or stainless muffler installed
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Old 09-27-2007, 02:50 PM   #5
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Thanks Boys ~ I think they will then be going blue!!!
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Old 09-27-2007, 02:54 PM   #6
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I eventually went ceramic coating to restore my badly blued/weathered pipes, but the coating is gradually deteoriating as well. Tough spot out in the weather and constantly being heat cycled. I think the best approach is to yank them off every year or three to clean them up as best you can with some polish and a buffing wheel, and accept the discoloration that's left as part of the bike's patina.

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Old 09-27-2007, 03:00 PM   #7
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After the initial blue stage they change into a nice shitty brown.
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Old 09-27-2007, 03:16 PM   #8
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I like the black heat tape option. I've seen it on a few Buells and its looks pretty nice.
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Old 09-27-2007, 03:25 PM   #9
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The "Chrome Muffler" option is strictly that, a chromed muffler vs stainless muffler. They all have the same headpipes that blue regardless of a chrome or stainless muffler installed
Not so. The entire exhaust on my new GSA is chrome. After 700 miles, my head pipes are blue about 8 in back from the head. I'm thinking either wrap or black ceramic at some point.
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Old 09-27-2007, 03:51 PM   #10
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I had two explain to friend from England that the blue was not from “Thrashing the balls out of it”.
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Old 09-27-2007, 03:52 PM   #11
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Shit Brown or Shit Blue/Brown?

Tough choices. I've seen a few ceramic ones and I think they actually look worse. Kinda like a milky wannabe chrome, but more aluminum looking. Hey look at me, Mr. Anal who bought a 99 buck, on sale steam cleaner from Harbor Freight to clean a used '06 bike, commenting on looks!
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Old 09-27-2007, 03:53 PM   #12
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Not so. The entire exhaust on my new GSA is chrome.
Correct.

Even the fiche lists both seperately...
01 18117673113 collector NA 1
01 18117684097 chromed collector NA 1



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Old 09-27-2007, 05:25 PM   #13
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After the initial blue stage they change into a nice shitty brown.
Me, I kinda like the shit brown look.

That way when you play in the mud all day it blends in....

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Old 09-27-2007, 06:09 PM   #14
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Not so. The entire exhaust on my new GSA is chrome. After 700 miles, my head pipes are blue about 8 in back from the head. I'm thinking either wrap or black ceramic at some point.

They will turn from blue to brown.

The dealer talked me out of the chrome option b/c it was just the muffler. He said to try the bike for a while and if I wanted something different then there were better (and sometimes less expensive) after-market options.

Mine blued for about a thousand miles and started to turn brown. At 8,300 miles they are mostly brown. This bike is ugly and I love it. Who cares about the pipes?
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:16 PM   #15
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Mine look like shit......whoo hoo, I'm a rider.
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