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Old 10-29-2012, 08:04 PM   #1
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R1200GS 2005 Ugly Exhaust Header

Hello, I have a 2005 R1200GS with a two brothers slip on CF Muffler, works good. I want to get an up front header to replace my ugly header pipes, no idea except the are stock, first 10 inches are a ugly rusty brown color . I live in Hawaii, drive only on street (never off road). We get a lot of salt air, I live 100 yards from the ocean. By the way my only reason to upgrade is for appearance rather than performance.

Can anyone recommend a strong finish header? I don't mind blue, I don't mind a burned golden tint. I hate ugly, rust color brown (it don't polish out). The other option is to send it away for ceramic coating I guess.

I have seen arrow header for 579 on ebay. Anyone use that? How would the finish hold up in salt air?

Thanks for any recommendations.

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Old 10-29-2012, 08:33 PM   #2
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Commonly known as "shit brown pipes", the color is not really removable. However, Jet Hot coating is a nice ceramic style coating that seems to work quite well.

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Old 10-30-2012, 04:54 AM   #3
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I worked mine over once with green scotchbrite and they looked like gun metal gray when I finished, looked pretty cool. They returned to "shit brown pipes" in no time so I just let it be what it is and ride the piss out of the bike.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:53 AM   #4
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I worked mine over once with green scotchbrite and they looked like gun metal gray when I finished, looked pretty cool. They returned to "shit brown pipes" in no time so I just let it be what it is and ride the piss out of the bike.

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Old 10-30-2012, 09:21 AM   #5
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Wet sand your headers start with 600 go up to 1000 then follow with a good metal polish lasts for a while and takes minimal effort
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:26 AM   #6
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If you want a "once and done" solution (vs. periodically polishing) do what Jim says and have them ceramic-coated. Cheaper than replacing the headers, and they will look great and not discolor. Even if you were to replace them with aftermarket headers, the replacements would soon turn colors too.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:50 AM   #7
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I'm assuming your OEM header is the stainless steel one, not the chrome. Contrary to the name, stainless steel is....uh...not stainless at exhaust temps. IMO, the only way to keep them looking decent is buy a set of titanium headers (they will blue, but not like chrome) or, as JVB said, ceramic coating. The most economical way is ceramic coating them. I believe it is <$200 plus shipping.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:58 AM   #8
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:38 AM   #9
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^^ makes it look beast too!
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:56 AM   #10
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Howdy,
I had the same discoloration you're describing on my otherwise beautiful new (at the time) 2010 R1200RT after a few hundred miles.
Now, you said you don't mind a blue color. What I did was take a long horizontal shaped piece of old T-Shirt (about 18" long by 4" wide), squirt a bead of Blue Majic metal polish (or any other fine metal polish) on about a 6" bit of header, and with a complete wrap of loose T-Shirt, pushed and pulled the ends of the rag (sort of like buffing a shoe, except the wrap went all the way around the pipe), and doing one section of pipe at a time, did both pipes in about 30min.
That left the pipes looking much better with a bluish chrome tint. Two years later and they're still shiny with a uniform gold sort of tint.
Just a cheap alternative to having them coated or replaced. YMMV.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:34 PM   #11
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Wet sand your headers start with 600 go up to 1000 then follow with a good metal polish lasts for a while and takes minimal effort
Even 1500 or 2000 grit. Find it where auto body supplies are sold, Walmart too. Makes them look like chrome again.
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