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Aircanuck's Budget Restore

Discussion in 'Builds & Projects' started by AirCanuck, Mar 23, 2019.

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  1. Callumity

    Callumity Elite Member

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    Tyres......

    General consensus is the best tyres for the Bonnie are either Avon AM26 Roadrider or my preference Michelin Pilot Activ. Both are available in your sizes

    Front 110/80 17 i.e. 110mm wide and 80% as high as wide on 17” rim

    Rear 130/80 17 get the idea?!

    The tyres other sidewall markings of note are 57 or 65 load capacity and H speed (130 mph) rating - full translation here https://www.avontyres.com/en-gb/tyre-care/technical/load-index-and-speed-rating-sy/. Both Avon and Michelins comply.

    Finally the age stamps show week and year of manufacture 3613 and 1412 so August 2013 and April 2012.

    DOT and E2 marks show USA and EU standards compliance.
     
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  2. AirCanuck

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    Another very informative post. Found today they are indeed the pilot tires by Michelin. I'll do the same again likely. About to post a big wheel progress photo series...
     
  3. AirCanuck

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    Progress shots. Initial shots show wheels as they were, covered in oxidation and filthy. Then show clean and degreased but not polished. Then first kick at polishing with autosol and 000 steel wool followed by a buff. Finally a gif showing an unpolished and a polished side.

    Let me know your thoughts!

    Question for you pros. The final closeups show the kind of marks I can't get rid of. Just a matter of multiple more passes with the autosol? Will it ever look beautiful?

    Would a buffing tool be of use?

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  4. AirCanuck

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    Another question for you pros - are UMI o-ring chains good? The shop that quoted me $220 was for JT sprockets and UMI o-ring chain.
     
  5. Callumity

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    What you have there is residual fine pitting. You decide when ‘enough is enough’ but some sort of mechanical buffer will ease the task of polishing it out. Plenty of YouTube videos on alloy wheel restoration to help ......I would try white vinegar with fine wire wool.
    Not heard of UMI over here but Japanese quality likely better than Chinese! JT about the biggest name in sprockets.
    You are clearly making major progress. Just protect what you have done before heading overseas.....wax or lacquer spray.
     
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  6. AirCanuck

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    I'll check out some videos.

    For the wax / lacquer... Just turtle wax or is there special stuff? The only "lacquer" I'm familiar with is like a clear coat spray paint type product, is there another you're referring to?
     
  7. Callumity

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    Nope. The same overspray for paint to which you refer. It prevents the paint oxidising......
     
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  8. AirCanuck

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    Gents, best way to polish up plastic chromesque parts such as mirror backs and tail light housings?
     
  9. AirCanuck

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    It would seem that many people recommend sanding first with 800 grit and then with 1500 grit sandpaper and then hitting it with polish to really remove the stubborn pitting. Thoughts?
     
  10. Callumity

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    Experiment......

    Much depends on how hard the alloy is, the depth of pitting etc., Whichever, you are looking to get back to clean metal with minimal removal of material. I could see myself using very fine wet and dry as described with soapy water once I felt steel wool was too rough to get to a polish.
     
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  11. Hamburg

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    Personally I’d keep the pitting, I quite like some natural patina, it makes the bike look a bit more orginal and sort of tells it’s story.

    I sold my 1973 Yamaha TX 500 last year which was a 7000 miles one owner North American bike, it was completely unrestored, only the paintwork had been done. The originality and patina really made it, so I was very careful when cleaning the alloy and chrome, I deliberately left some of the pitting and oxidation rather than over polishing it.

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  12. AirCanuck

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    Hmmm. Something to consider.
     
  13. AirCanuck

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    gents,

    Forgive me for re-hashing this. I am about to order the chain and sprockets.
    I have the sizes etc squared away, sprockets will be JT.

    I have the choice between UMI O-ring chain ($220 with sprockets) and a gold (only gold available apparently) D.I.D X-ring chain (about $183 with sprockets). DID is well known... This is the description you will find of UMI chains at retailer websites:

    "UMI O-Ring chains are built in Japan where reliability and quality is guaranteed. UMI O-Ring chain uses the ultimate state of the art technology to ensure performance and durability. All UMI O-Ring chains have solid rollers and bushings for longer wear life and reinforced rollers for higher impact resistance. UMI O-Ring chains also have a unique protruding bushing, designed to reduce kinking and extend O-Ring life. The O-Ring helps to increase the performance of the chain and provide better sealing to keep dirt out and lubrication in. UMI O-Ring chains are recommended for ATV’s and motorcycles originally equipped with O-Ring chains or in extreme conditions where standard chains do not perform as well."

    I would appreciate some opinions if anyone has 2 cents to offer.

    cheers!
     
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  14. Callumity

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    Sounds like UMI is overkill and designed for off road conditions. The DiD would be regarded as more than adequate over here. Your money, your choice.
     
  15. AirCanuck

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    My headers look pretty beyond saving from any kind of chrome/shine perspective. What do you guys think of a flat black header into chrome pipes?
     
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