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As an avid Wing ride, I ride almost 365 days a year. A mild winter climate allows me to do that. However it does cause the bike to get very dirty. I have a huge build-up up rust on the underside of my mufflers. Does anyone know of a good way to clean it off. I was thinking of taking them off and laying them in a long basin of CLR, but not sure if that is a good idea.
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When I replaced my rear tire, I had to swing the mufflers out, exposing almost all of the mufflers. I used this product to clean the rust and corrosion. Then waxed them a couple of times. They've held up well. A slightly abrasive wax does a good job as well. Any 'cleaning' type of wax, like Meguires Cleaning Wax has very fine abrasives.
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I pulled both mufflers off my 1500. Hit them with Purple Power or your favorite grease remover, scrub as needed and rinse well.

Polishing compound as suggested above, follow that with 2-3 coats of synthetic car wax
Helps keep them shiny!

Go nuts and clean -polish and wax the rims~
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The Pros use this stuff. (also motorcycle museums use it). I also use it and think its the best stuff on the market.

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Try a Brillo pad or SOS pad... Great for removing rust and it will not scratch the chrome... Try it - it works - been using them for decades... Don't use it on plastic chrome though - it WILL scratch those items...
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aluminum foil rolled up in a ball anfd wipe off the rust with it
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With out a doubt... SOS pads. You may not even need to remove the mufflers.

I clean all my chrome with it anytime I wash the bikes. Follow this up with a good paste wax.


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Chrome polish worked great for me.


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I have a can of uh, Harley Davidson chrome shield

seems to work just fine

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Originally Posted by IRAQI RAM View Post
aluminum foil rolled up in a ball anfd wipe off the rust with it
I've done list and restored some pretty nasty looking chrome - aluminum foil balled up and some water - won't scratch the chrome (I would be hesitant about 'chromed' plastic, though), and will make an amazing difference. Just 'scrub' with the foil, and then rinse with water and get the water/chrome wet again and scrub more.

I've restored chrome on some old 80's bikes, but when I bought my GL1800, the guy asked if I wanted a pair of 'performance' mufflers - he was going to throw them away because they were rusty and said I could have them for free. They're Cobra mufflers. I used the aluminum foil and water trick and they came up looking virtually perfect, and then installed them on the bike.

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