Cleaning and Polishing Spokes

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by orourcs, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. orourcs

    orourcs Member

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    Short of taking the rear wheel off to clean and polish the rear wheel and spoke, what is the best approach. Between the belt drive and the brakes, this is a difficult chore. Sure could use some advice.
     
  2. rynegold

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    I just attacked the cleaning job on my wheels the other day. I put it up on my Larin ATV jack and started by using a brass bristle brush (avalible at Home Depot in a two pac) to clean up the rims and spoke terminals of debris and light rust etc. Then I went at the rim edges with a cordless drill with a 4 inch polishing buff on a mandrel using "Flitz" liberally as my polish compound. Then I "shoe shinned" with flitz and a piece/strip of terry cloth between the terimals an finally, going from one completed side to the other, shoeshined the (EDIT) spokes themselves....

    Sore fingers but its done.

    Rear wheel is next and, obviously more difficult.


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  3. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    Don't be too aggressive with the brushes or polish compound on stock Harley spokes. Most are cadmium (?) plated, not chrome or stainless steel. If you break the cad. surface, rust will follow. Nothing is prettier than a nicely polished spoke wheel. Nothing is a bigger pain than polishing a spoke wheel.
     
  4. trnman32

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    I polished the front rim on my 06 fatboy and the next time I polish mine it will be with a new set of rims,(EDIT) those spokes I love em but what a pain!


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  5. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Nope too much work, and too much rain:D
     
  6. 03fxsti

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    How do stainless spokes hold up? Any corrosions issues between stainless spokes, aluminum hub and chrome rim. That is three disimilar metals, which is listed as a major cause of corrosion.

    Any advice before I spent $$ on stainless spokes?
     
  7. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    I've never had ss spokes, but many of my friends have. I've never heard of a corrosion problem. As with most items, a quality spoke will hold up better than a bargain one. Personally I love the look of the twisted or diamond cut ss spokes. They really reflect the light.