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Old 03-28-2011, 07:32 AM   #1
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New GS, exhaust pipes look like crap?

I figured a power wash was going to get rid of the black matte stuff that's been on my exhausts (at the headers) since I bought my demo GSA. It didn't. Does this stuff come off? The bike's getting beat up already so I don't care much about keeping this bike perfect... but I like shiny exhausts...
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:14 AM   #2
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Single wall exhaust pipes on BMW's,it will never be very shiny.
Several previous posts deal with cleaning exhausts.

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Old 03-28-2011, 10:23 AM   #3
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http://www.jet-hot.com/motorcycles.html

If you just can't get the Harley outta your system...
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:40 AM   #4
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http://www.jet-hot.com/motorcycles.html

If you just can't get the Harley outta your system...



...and when Jet-Hot sends them back, they'll look like this:



And I ain't even a Harley guy.
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:57 AM   #5
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And the JetHot bill came to?

Sweet lookin'
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:09 AM   #6
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...and when Jet-Hot sends them back, they'll look like this:



And I ain't even a Harley guy.
I'm gonna do the black..

Question, how do you (they) deal with the cat?
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:26 AM   #7
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And the JetHot bill came to?

Sweet lookin'
Hey thanks - they did a good job. Headers had to go to Oklahoma City, so freight wasn't cheap. With my poor memory, I'll have to look it up to be sure, but I think Jet-Hot's bill (one-way freight back to me included) was right around $230.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:37 AM   #8
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I'm gonna do the black..

Question, how do you (they) deal with the cat?
The black's gonna look great. I considered it myself, but with the rest of my paint scheme not revolving around anything being "blacked-out, I finally just did the silver.

Just the outside of my pipes were coated. Warranty is unaffected by that fact, apparently.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:46 AM   #9
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One hungover Saturday morning, I grabbed WD40 and a scotch brite. An hour later, I felt better and the pipes looked beautiful.

These were not the shiny chrome ones though.
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Old 03-28-2011, 01:14 PM   #10
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I was just hoping for the original bronze-ish shine - not necessarily chrome.
The Jet-Hot stuff looks great though. Thanks for the responses!
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:57 PM   #11
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...and when Jet-Hot sends them back, they'll look like this:



And I ain't even a Harley guy.

WOW - that bike is imaculate. Although i'd love too I cannot dedicate that much time to hitting all the nooks and crannies - good wipe down sure, surgical - not me.

Very nice though
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:34 PM   #12
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...and when Jet-Hot sends them back, they'll look like this:



And I ain't even a Harley guy.
Is that a Twin-headlight Ernie bash plate, too?

I have to admire the look of those pipes. Can we see a photo with a couple thousand miles on them?
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:48 PM   #13
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Pipes

Last summer this subject came up, and some fellows that ride some old British bikes chimed in. And I have tried this and it does work! So don't think I'm crazy! Look at your local market for " the Works" toilet bowl cleaner. I dumped a little in a plastic butter dish and used a small cheap paint brush. Brush it on starting at the cylinder head working back to the cat converter. Then rinse it off with the hose. I think you will be surprised, I know I was!
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:57 PM   #14
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Is that a Twin-headlight Ernie bash plate, too?

I have to admire the look of those pipes. Can we see a photo with a couple thousand miles on them?
It is one of Ernie's bashplates. Very pleased with it. As for the couple thousand miles pic....I will definitely do that, but this photo was actually just taken a few days ago. The coating has virtually no miles on it yet, but I'll post the good or the bad about the coating after I get some miles behind me.

Semper Fi: I wish I was as detailed at cleaning as that pic makes me look. I just recently had the plastics painted, the headers coated, the seat re-covered, and I replaced the stock bash plate as mentioned above. So the bike sat in my garage stripped down for almost a month. I had nothing better to do than to detail it a little each evening, getting ready to put the parts back on. Had to have it clean at least this once, to see what the new paint looked like.
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:18 PM   #15
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here is my bit to the topic

Hey Guys,

almost a year ago I got sick of polishing my headers and decided to get them
ceramic coated. A decision I didn't regret... A quick wipe with a slightly wet
cloth and clean it is.

There were different color options. The best in terms of durability would be the
silver which looks like chrome. That's probably what "unleaded' got done. It's
supposed to stay on even if the headers are hit by rocks while riding offroad.
It would rather dent then come off.

I went with the matt-black option... for obvious reasons ...but the
coating-dude told me straight away that it won't be as durable as the
silver coat. it will chip off if hit by rocks... so far I am pretty happy, but
never really went offroad. I am city-jungle-rider.

Here are a couple of photos:









btw. the muffler is just spray painted.

Here is my GS's diary entry for this event.

Conclusion: I can definitely recommend doing it!

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