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Since I am so anal, I polished my headers to a mirror like shine - something I will not do again as it is a PITFA.

 

I bought a Fenda Extenda to help keep the pipes clean, but I'm finding (thru posts here) that the lower headers will soon turn brown. I dont mind the blue, and wish they would turn blue.

 

So I'd like to do a stupid poll to see what other think. Sometimes I have to step back to see how anal I am.

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If you're gonna do it, do it now so you get them back in time for the next blast of warm air... Personally, I don't mind the brown look (says the guy with blue pipes) but if it bugs you enough to want to spend the cash, do it.

 

Then take the Zoloft. smile.gif

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Performance Coatings all the way fellow AR type!!!!

 

Phil-

 

Awesome pictures. Who makes that cover on the cylinder head? I have not been able to locate that one! Thanks.

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Who makes that cover on the cylinder head? I have not been able to locate that one! Thanks.

 

BMW part. IIRC, they were around $100 for the pair.

 

If I were to do it again, I would not get these covers as they, from reports NOT experience, really don't do anything in the event of a spill. They are essentially a piece of plastic.

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Who makes that cover on the cylinder head? I have not been able to locate that one! Thanks.

 

BMW part. IIRC, they were around $100 for the pair.

 

If I were to do it again, I would not get these covers as they, from reports NOT experience, really don't do anything in the event of a spill. They are essentially a piece of plastic.

There are better ones out there. I'd look at these and the aluminum BMW ones.
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I have the same head covers on my RT. Embarassed to say I have managed to flop my bike over at a stop on both sides . . don't ask and no, not on the same day. The plastic got a little scuffed up but the heads didn't get a scratch. dopeslap.giftongue.gif

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Here is the end result of cleaning my header pipes. I also bought a Fenda Extenda to help keep the crap off pipes.

 

Even though it wont last, I think it looks pretty good. Since it was 10 degrees outside before factoring in the wind chill, I had to take these pictures inside.

 

Before:

LFC.jpg

 

 

After:

Lpipe.jpg

 

fenda.jpg

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Dude, I would just do it......If you don't, I would be willing to put money on it that you can't go a year without polishing them again. You will never be able to keep the pipes clean. You're a fit and finish guy (not meant to be an insult). My brother in law is the same way. He spends hours polishing weird things that I would never even consider cleaning. Hell, his lawn tractor has been washed and waxed more times in the past 2 years than all of my vehicles combined (my truck, RT, and both E30s).

 

Send them out now to get coated, so you'll have them back for the riding season.

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If you do send them off post some pics and go throuh a step by step for us newbies on how to remove them and re-install them for the simple minded folk. Although I did stay at Holiday Inn Express last night, I would still need some hand holding to do that job on my RT

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Dude, I would just do it......If you don't, I would be willing to put money on it that you can't go a year without polishing them again.

 

If you are willing to bet the amount it would cost to coat them, then your on thumbsup.gif

 

I sold the Vulcan today...... smirk.gif

 

 

Waylap -

It looks like an easy job to remove the pipes. Since I didn't have new gaskets on hand, I didn't remove them.

 

The main reason for not coating the pipes was the shipping cost. It would have costed more to ship than to have them coated.

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If you are willing to bet the amount it would cost to coat them, then your on thumbsup.gif

 

I sold the Vulcan today...... smirk.gif

 

Congrats on getting rid of the old scooter. Its a great feeling to finally sell a bike you no longer ride. It took me over a year to finally sell my GSXR1100 after I bought my RT. It was an even better feeling when I used the cash to pay off the RT.

 

I forgot to mention.....I'm not a betting man. I prefer to just sit back, wait, and then bust your balls about polishing the pipes in 6 months when you start bitching about them turning brown. By the way, the polishing job looks absolutely amazing.

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If you are willing to bet the amount it would cost to coat them, then your on thumbsup.gif

 

I sold the Vulcan today...... smirk.gif

 

Congrats on getting rid of the old scooter. Its a great feeling to finally sell a bike you no longer ride. It took me over a year to finally sell my GSXR1100 after I bought my RT. It was an even better feeling when I used the cash to pay off the RT.

 

I forgot to mention.....I'm not a betting man. I prefer to just sit back, wait, and then bust your balls about polishing the pipes in 6 months when you start bitching about them turning brown. By the way, the polishing job looks absolutely amazing.

 

Thanks. I sold the M3 and paid the RT in cash. I banked the rest.

 

The pictures I took absolutely suck. I'd like to bring the RT outside to take a better pic, but there is too much ice outside and its too damn cold anyhow (about 10F here before the wind).

 

I was thinking about taking a ride out to Shanksville, PA this Spring/Summer to have a look at the Flight 93 Memorial. Have you have been?

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I was thinking about taking a ride out to Shanksville, PA this Spring/Summer to have a look at the Flight 93 Memorial. Have you have been?

 

Nope, but you can stop by and pick me up on the way. I would be interested in riding out and taking a look. Shanksville is right off of Rt. 30 in western, PA. Also, Rt. 30 is a nice drive once you get west of York, PA.......which is conveniently were I live. York and east on Rt. 30 is an ugly congested mess.

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I was thinking about taking a ride out to Shanksville, PA this Spring/Summer to have a look at the Flight 93 Memorial. Have you ever been?

 

Nope, but you can stop by and pick me up on the way. I would be interested in riding out and taking a look. Shanksville is right off of Rt. 30 in western, PA. Also, Rt. 30 is a nice drive once you get west of York, PA.......which is conveniently were I live. York and east on Rt. 30 is an ugly congested mess.

 

I meant to say have you ever been. I dont mind stopping by to pick you up as long as you dont mind riding with a newbie.

 

I have the GPS and bike to bike.

 

That would make for the longest ride I've been on though. I've been out to York before - but only via Rt78, Rt222, and some other highways.

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