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Old 05-10-2013, 01:16 PM   #1
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Question How do you clean dirty spokes/hubs?

I have a 2001 DR-Z400, that has been rode hard and put up wet and muddy. I don't think it has ever been washed. It has sat for a long time and I'm having trouble getting the wheel hubs and spokes clean from the stained mud. (The engine cases too.)(Well, really all of the cast parts.) Any suggestions?
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:52 PM   #2
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I have a 2001 DR-Z400, that has been rode hard and put up wet and muddy. I don't think it has ever been washed. It has sat for a long time and I'm having trouble getting the wheel hubs and spokes clean from the stained mud. (The engine cases too.)(Well, really all of the cast parts.) Any suggestions?
Spray it down with WD40 or JB Penetrating lubricant and let it soak.

Like for a few days just keep spraying it down, then use a green scotts scrubbing pad to get it clean.

Make sure you are careful in case it has a clear coat on it, the spray lube wont hurt it but you can by scrubbing it with too hard or aggressive a pad.
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Old 05-10-2013, 02:12 PM   #3
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The hub is probably bare cast alum. And heavily oxidized, if you have access to a media blaster it would look brand new in minutes.
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:45 PM   #4
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I recently saw this article haven't had it e to try it.http://www.aircooledtech.com/tools-o.../soda_blaster/

Soda blasting the aluminum will definitely refresh it.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:11 AM   #5
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Liquid rubbing compound and a tooth brush works wonders on faded prefer coat and grungy but not corroded zink plated spokes.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:49 PM   #6
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Greased Lightning

Multi-purpose cleaner:

http://www.greased-lightning.com/Multi-Purpose_Cleaner/

Works really good on motorcycle grease and dirt. Doesn't hurt paint.

Also cleans greasy stove tops, bathroom poo or whatever.

Available at Home Depot and others, like $8/gallon.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:44 PM   #7
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SOS works great. You may be surprised to learn bathroom cleaner works amazingly good as a heavy soil remover. It takes brake dust right off with just a scrub brush and a rub a dub dub.

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Old 05-24-2013, 01:53 PM   #8
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thanks for the suggestions. I guess I need to quit wishing they would come clean and start scrubbing!
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:23 AM   #9
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Just an fyi. Don't use oven cleaner, I did this many years ago to my beautiful zx9 and it ate up the paint on my wheels.
I had heard about it from some harley guy and used it on his bike, they came out nice, but that was all steel and chrome.
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