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  • Offline Saloonatic67   scotland

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    Exhaust header cleaners
    on: January 07, 2023, 12:03:47 pm
    January 07, 2023, 12:03:47 pm
    Anyone have tips for cleaning the headers/downpipes ?

    What does everyone use ?

    I've been giving the bike a "deep" clean while it's off the road over winter and have the rest of the bike gleaming, but the downpipes and the section of the exhaust under the bike still look quite grubby.

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    Re: Exhaust header cleaners
    Reply #1 on: January 07, 2023, 12:16:44 pm
    January 07, 2023, 12:16:44 pm
    Harpic. x10 ……loads of vids on YouTube about it.

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    Re: Exhaust header cleaners
    Reply #2 on: January 08, 2023, 12:24:48 pm
    January 08, 2023, 12:24:48 pm
    Stainless steel polish, tinfoil and elbow grease.. 👍
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    Re: Exhaust header cleaners
    Reply #3 on: January 08, 2023, 06:15:38 pm
    January 08, 2023, 06:15:38 pm
    +1 for Harpic Power Plus. Used it for years without issues.

    Waiting now for someone to post the usual “ it’s a strong acid and eats into your headers” story!

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    Re: Exhaust header cleaners
    Reply #4 on: January 08, 2023, 08:49:19 pm
    January 08, 2023, 08:49:19 pm
    *Originally Posted by Gothrick [+]
    +1 for Harpic Power Plus. Used it for years without issues.

    Waiting now for someone to post the usual “ it’s a strong acid and eats into your headers” story!

    I mean it most definitely will absolutely damage the headers, just not in a way that affects it's function. Key is to fully clean it off afterwards, if you have some old header tubing, put it aside spray a little harpic in it and leave it to sit, within days it'll be a corroded, pitted mess.

    I use it too myself regardless.

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    Re: Exhaust header cleaners
    Reply #5 on: January 09, 2023, 01:57:02 pm
    January 09, 2023, 01:57:02 pm
    Thanks folks I'll give it a go and be sure it'll get a damn good flush with water afterwards.

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    Re: Exhaust header cleaners
    Reply #6 on: January 09, 2023, 02:35:07 pm
    January 09, 2023, 02:35:07 pm
    This was my Tiger Sport after I had polished using the method in my previous post..  :028:

    2014 bike and untouched for 5 years before I cleaned them. I thought I had a few photos but can only find this one. I painted the top part with a black heat resistant paint.



    And no chance of damaging the headers..  :001:
    Last Edit: January 09, 2023, 02:40:05 pm by af1-windy
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    Re: Exhaust header cleaners
    Reply #7 on: January 09, 2023, 03:46:57 pm
    January 09, 2023, 03:46:57 pm
    Try belgom alu I find it leave a residue that helps get the tar sports off next time but like most have said elbow grease, depending how bad they are a very fine emery cloth.

    https://www.thepolishingshop.co.uk/belgom-alu-250ml-407000
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    Re: Exhaust header cleaners
    Reply #8 on: January 16, 2023, 12:15:51 pm
    January 16, 2023, 12:15:51 pm
    Did mine recently, mild house anti rust sparingly to avoid getting too deep into the steel and green scotchbrite pads. Good spray of brake clean. Final some autosol polish. Came out pretty good. Had them completely off and disassembled.


    Like new, how long will the shine last?
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    Re: Exhaust header cleaners
    Reply #9 on: January 17, 2023, 07:49:01 pm
    January 17, 2023, 07:49:01 pm
    *Originally Posted by AdzventureXR [+]

    Now THAT is shiny :005: Well done

     



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