How to restore chrome look to front head pipe?

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by digs_harleys, May 31, 2010.

  1. digs_harleys

    digs_harleys New Member

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    I have an 05 RKC. The front head pipe (exhaust), first 5-6 inches from the head has turned gold in color. tI suspect his happened 2 yrs ago on a very hot/humid day on a long run, some of it was city, it did backfire a little on that day also. I am no mechanic by any stretch. The shop I take it to replaced the o-ring gaskets by the fuel injectors becuase they were in bad shape and might have had something to do with it runing a lil hot. The mapping was re-checked and I'm told OK. Before purchase, the bike sat for three years in an unheated airport hangar in Michigan, (only had 1,500 miles on it at purchase). It has a Power Commander, Arlen Ness Big Sucker and as far as we can tell Boom-Can Slash-up slip-ons. It is running good now, never backfires only that one day on decel and the browning has not increased in color or length. How can I remove that gold color from the exhaust?
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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  3. digs_harleys

    digs_harleys New Member

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    Thanks Hobbit!! Gold/Straw is exactly the color! I guess I'll live with it. This site is great, especially for a novice like me.

    Thank you Glider!! I was concerned about that too. I will order the shield. I will have to live with the gold/straw color close to the head. Don't want to make things worse. Thanks.
     
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  4. MilitaryMike

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    Glider,

    My brand new Cycle Shack pipes discolored (first 5-6 inches from the head) after I picked up my bike and drove 25 miles. Is this normal, please let me know what you think?

    Digs_Harleys,

    I grew up in Waterford/Pontiac, where are you located and what airport are you talking about?
     
  5. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Pretty much all pipes discolor rather fast from new with the exception of a double walled pipe or an exhaust that has been ceramic coated inside.

    Not much other you can do to stop it other than heat shields.
     
  6. lallsdd966

    lallsdd966 Member

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    I have seen two mechanics who use the very finest grade of steel wool on pipes.
     
  7. ZachB

    ZachB Member

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    I used this stuff called Blue Job on my old sporty with drag pipes and it helped quite a bit. Took away a lot of the discoloration. Not all but a significant differance.
     
  8. Mad Dog Jim

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    I just decided to like mine that way... It shows that it's not a trailer queen! If they ever get really bad I'll just pipe-tape that part. Like the song... "Roll with it baby!"
     
  9. Ishmael

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    I'm with you Jim. Unless it indicates something amiss, I really don't mind the discoloration. It's just a sign of maturity and good times gone by. Rock on!
    Ishmael
     
  10. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Another option is to get them ceramic coated - did this to my stock exhaust (now sold) for $160 and it not only helped a bit w/heat - looked good too...