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Samueul
14th March 2006, 05:06
My rims are CRUDDY! I ride in inclimate weather/cold weather etc... Anybody have any good advice to cleaning the stock cast aluminum rims on the 04 sportys?

I've tried black magic rim cleaner, and it doesn't do squat.... I guess I'll have to just get my hands dirty and scrub with a brillo pad or something....

XLFREAK
14th March 2006, 05:16
I'm having the same problem, but I have not tried a search for that here yet.A few other things I need to check out first.
I've thrown some money at wheel cleaners,includiing HD's that seem to make it worse.

txsporty
14th March 2006, 05:28
I had the Same Problem with my Wheels!!!:frownthre

So, I pulled them off and Powder Coated them!!!!!:D

Couple of shots of Windex, wipe'em down and Shiny Wheels Again!!!!!

:dpepper :dpepper :dpepper :dpepper

willy
14th March 2006, 05:35
Mothers makes a couple paste polishes that i use rub it on rub it off and shine like new again.

XLFREAK
14th March 2006, 05:39
I tried Mother's metal cleaner. Must have been wrong cleaner/ polish?

Bow6
14th March 2006, 05:47
I think once they get road salt on them they are pretty much a lost cause...

Turbota
14th March 2006, 05:55
Read This:

http://www.xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/showthread.php?t=21241

GOTWA
14th March 2006, 06:04
I wash them with the same sponge in the same bucket of soapy water I do the rest of the bike. Hit the greasy spots with some Simple Green and call it good. What's the problem?

vetthed
14th March 2006, 06:13
S-100 works good enough fer me

Takingabreak
14th March 2006, 06:16
Hi.

Simple green works very well to wash off brake dust.
As to your rim, if you have the dreaded white spotting, you need to buff it out.

1) Step one, remove the rim.
2) Use a power drill and a 6 inch buffing wheel.
3) get the red and white polishing compounds, and work them over the polishing area, and buff them out.
4) Finish it off with a polish like Mother's or Eagle One(My personal choice).

Take your time, work on a bench, and make sure to put a plastic cap on the bolt through the pad(To prevent nicks).

Takingabreak
14th March 2006, 06:21
S-100 works good enough fer me

S-100 is a great product, but it is basicly water down Version of Simple green......even made by the same company.
Buy simple green, and cut it with 20% water, and pour it into your S-100 bottle, and save lots a money to buy more chrome.

edman
14th March 2006, 06:21
I wash them with the same sponge in the same bucket of soapy water I do the rest of the bike. Hit the greasy spots with some Simple Green and call it good. What's the problem?

Simple Green is the sh^t. I use a tooth brush and a small wire brush for tough spots.

xllent01
15th March 2006, 01:52
Plain soap and water with no harsh chemicals, and don't use silicon products on aluminum wheels either or they turn milky also.

gwcrim
17th March 2006, 17:05
I had the Same Problem with my Wheels!!!:frownthre

So, I pulled them off and Powder Coated them!!!!!

Have any pics of the results? What color did you use? I'm considering something shiny and chrome-like.

ace57
17th March 2006, 17:16
I've had some luck with Never Dull or Pig Snot metal cleaner



"a girls bike, oh no sir, you must be thinking of "Jeffytunes" sportster."

ace57
'05 FXDL "molly"

A_Ride_4_ever
29th January 2011, 18:07
I have been using Metal luster from ultra luster for the rims on my 08 1200r
I am going to be doing them again this weekend. Cat piss dog piss and just general road funk leaves them looking oxidized and nasty. I will post before and afters. Ultra luster makes some great products. I picked mine up from the local HD dealer, It takes very little elbow grease just a light touch and there clean.http://i724.photobucket.com/albums/ww248/a_ride_4_ever/2011-01-29120805.jpg http://i724.photobucket.com/albums/ww248/a_ride_4_ever/2011-01-29120754.jpg http://i724.photobucket.com/albums/ww248/a_ride_4_ever/2011-01-29120743.jpg

these photos are before the clean.

Anaxios
30th January 2011, 01:33
Steel wool --> SOS or Brillo pads to remove that white surface oxidation and any pitting. Taking the wheel off the bike really helps. I did mine in the shower. (Didn't tell the wife.)

sporty01
30th January 2011, 02:25
california purple metal polish. awesome stuff. the best i have ever found. kinda pricey but well worth it

crospo
30th January 2011, 02:41
Product called powdercoat works the best!