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Postby strider80 » 05:00 pm Dec 10 2006

Can expansion chambers be replated? My FMF gnarly is starting to look pretty tired from rust due to 4 years riding in the PNW.
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Postby KDXer » 10:57 pm Dec 10 2006

Yeah but it will need to be stripped first. Pretty pricey over here anyway.
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Postby strider80 » 10:58 pm Dec 10 2006

I wonder if I should just call a local industrial plater and find out.
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Postby KDXer » 10:59 pm Dec 10 2006

Good idea. :wink:
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Postby KDXer » 09:15 am Dec 11 2006

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foots wrote:Scotchbrite pad and WD-40


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Postby maicocpa » 02:31 pm Dec 11 2006

From my experience, none of the shops here in CA will replate a used pipe because the interior carbon and spooge buildup contaminates the chemicals used in the process.
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Postby strider80 » 03:19 pm Dec 11 2006

Well, I better get some scotchbrite and see that I can do.

Maybe I need to clean up the rusted areas and find some clear engine paint to cover the bare steel.
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Postby Colorado Mike » 08:43 pm Dec 11 2006

Out of curiosty, FMF recommends spraying the thing down with WD-40 after washing. Do you do that? I do, but live in an arid climate where the RH is usually 14% or less. Rust is not a problem for me.
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Postby strider80 » 09:01 pm Dec 11 2006

I don't do that, probably why it is rusty.

The worst part is nearest the cylinder where it is hottest. Getting constantly drenched when hot while riding in Seattle is probably not the best for it.
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Postby bradf » 09:05 pm Dec 11 2006

I've noticed that the further I got away from Seattle the less my bike rusts. I am just about far enough away now.
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Postby canyncarvr » 12:49 pm Dec 12 2006

Red or green on an FmF pipe makes no nevermind.

On a nice new ProCircuit? There's a finish to take care of.

That 'crud' on the headpipe will come off. A combination of the nastiest scotchbrite (green), doused in kero and/or WD is the finishing touch, after you attack it with a wire brush (manual or motor-fied, your choice) soaked in the same petroleum distillate.

Eagle makes a wadding polish that is supposed to be good for removing rust. I haven't tried it in that situation, but it does put a nice finish on nickel-plate. Wipe it on, buff it off.

GENERALLY speaking, the time to plate a pipe is before it touches your bike. I doubt a reputable plater (one who cared what the finished product looked like) would touch a used pipe exactly for the reasons already mentioned.

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Postby strider80 » 01:40 pm Dec 12 2006

Sounds like it is time for some elbow grease!
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Postby Mr. Wibbens » 06:59 pm Dec 12 2006

got any dents in it?

if so send it in to Pacific Crest, it'll come back looking like new :supz:
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Postby Indawoods » 07:03 pm Dec 12 2006

Probably a good solvent bath is all it needs.
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Postby strider80 » 07:31 pm Dec 12 2006

It actually does have some dents, do they clean the pipe up as well? Mine was almost new the last time I sent it to them.
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Postby Mr. Wibbens » 11:42 pm Dec 12 2006

when I had mine done it came back with a nice brushed finish, looked brand new to me
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