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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Engine
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:59 am 
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If you are after spiffy engine covers and your project budget supports it, then its worth considering farming the covers out.
That’s what I do — forum member sandman does excellent work for reasonable cost.

Pics of his work for my builds are here:
GT550: http://www.suzuki2strokes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=13106&start=30
T500: http://www.suzuki2strokes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=13126&start=15

He lists his service here (pics were trashed by Photobucket): http://www.suzuki2strokes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=9517&p=166243#p166243

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GT550 72 project & 75
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T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
Yamaha 75 XS650
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Engine
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:16 pm 
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I've seen pics of his work and it looks PDG. Think I might use him if I ever do another restoration. Anything to save myself from doing days and days of polishing


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Engine
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:29 pm 
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Hello jpjob,

Looking at your photo of the sprocket cover it occurs to me that it may still have a layer of lacquer on it. This will have to be removed before you have any chance of a nice shiny (or satin) finish. If I were tackling this task I would first rub it down using wet'an dry (used wet), starting with 400 grade and going to a finer 800 grade for the finish. From there you can then polish to a shiny finish. Alternatively then get it Vapour Blasted (glass beads applied by high pressure water/air) for a satin finish.

Vapour Blasting can produce great results on the crankcase, although they have to be stripped completely to carry out the process. Here is a photo of mine, almost as if they were sprayed with silver paint.
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Cheers Geoff


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Engine
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:33 pm 
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The rear sprocket holders were done with silver powder coat. All of the other parts are clear powder coat except the ram air covers are un coated.

That vapor blasted T500 motor looks nice!

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BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
Yamaha 75 XS650
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Engine
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:44 pm 
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Hi jabcb,

The finished article didn't turn out too bad :up:
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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Engine
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:43 am 
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Wow Geoff, you could eat your dinner off that engine! Super shiny and smart. Very nice indeed.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Engine
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:11 am 
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Sweet! :up:

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BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
Yamaha 75 XS650
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Engine
PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:52 pm 
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Thanks guys :up: With a few miles on it the "as new" sparkle is not so apparent, but you have to give them a good thrash every now and again :D

Cheers Geoff


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Engine
PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:52 am 
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Yeah Man, the Interstate

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Zunspec4 wrote:
Thanks guys :up: With a few miles on it the "as new" sparkle is not so apparent, but you have to give them a good thrash every now and again :D

Cheers Geoff

Ah yes, but what point is there in owning a beautiful bike if you can't ride it? Get it dirty with pride!


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