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Old 12-01-2014, 10:22 PM   #1
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Fighting salt

I'm looking for good ideas to protect against road salt for winter riding. I read somewhere that they covered their hack in saddle soap and let the grime build up. Come spring they washed it off and it was like winter never happened. What would everyone recommend as a way to combat the salt.
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Old 12-01-2014, 10:45 PM   #2
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http://saltproofing.com/

http://saltproofing.com/
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Old 12-02-2014, 05:14 AM   #3
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Old 12-02-2014, 05:50 AM   #4
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For short term exposure WD-40.
Start w/a clean surface.
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Old 12-02-2014, 08:24 AM   #5
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That salt proofing stuff looks like it could be the good stuff. The problem that I have in my rebuilt rig is ready to finally hit the streets but we just got a foot of snow and the roads are nasty. I have exposed metal everywhere. I have 10 days to get my fill then I got to put it away for 6 months while I run away from the snow and cold then I am gonna finish up the project. I need something easy that will limit the mess I come back too.
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:38 AM   #6
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I hate to say it, but skip the 10 days. You will have a rusty mess to return to in 6 months.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:58 PM   #7
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Try what you like whether WD40, ACF50, wax etc but you're fighting a losing battle if you live in the rust belt. Road salt is a lot sneakier more determined than you are. I spent 20 years in Detroit. I'd wax the heck out of everything, wash when weather allowed and in spring took everything to the truck shop and put it on the hoist and thoroughly steam cleaned everything. Helped but not a cure. In the rust belt if you want your car/bike whatever to survive buy a cheap winter beater to drive/ride and leave your pride and joy in the garage. Anything you do can help battle the process but you won't win the war.
Steel-vs-Salt: salt wins every time.
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:46 PM   #8
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Anyone know if this stuff works like they say?
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Old 12-09-2014, 12:19 AM   #9
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WD40 is almost a waste of time...it's best for cleaning with rather than coating.

ACF50 coating is a lot better but not perfect.

Likewise coating with Waxoyl.

Our roads get the hell salted out of them,and sometimes it's horrible sticky blend of salt and molasses.

What I've done for years (and it works) is to always hose my bike down after EVERY salty road ride,even a dry one, and THEN coat with WD40.

A clean bike is a safe bike...you notice anything working loose or any wear in wheel bearings,etc,while cleaning it and you can deal with issues while minor rather than disastrous.
Leaving a machine coated in gunge and road grime for months is not the way to go about things.

Hosing down with warm water will just dissolve then displace the salt in every nook and cranny,so maybe start with warm/hot but always give everything a thorough hosing with cold water to remove the salt.
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Old 12-09-2014, 07:36 PM   #10
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I talked with the town maintence and they said they wash their salt trucks down with a neutralizer I'm gonna go check it out.
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Old 12-09-2014, 07:43 PM   #11
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ACF-50. Here's the bike, after three road salt encrusted winters worth of daily riding. . ..


In my experience, if properly applied, you have to deal with the consequent dirt and grime, but not road-salt induced corrosion. . ..
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:01 PM   #12
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I talked with the town maintence and they said they wash their salt trucks down with a neutralizer I'm gonna go check it out.

Never thought about that: how do the salt trucks fight salt corrosion?

When you find out what the magic "neutralizer" is, please get us a website linky.
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Old 12-09-2014, 11:07 PM   #13
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Never thought about that: how do the salt trucks fight salt corrosion?

They use a product called State and County Taxes.

They apply it liberally, and then when the truck looks vaguely tatty, they'll apply another dose. In some places it goes under the name of New Truck, but it's the same product.



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Old 12-11-2014, 07:30 AM   #14
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Old 12-16-2014, 12:57 PM   #15
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WD-40 is a solvent. Not something you want to slap all over your bike. Wax, perhaps. Daily rinse during winter when there's salt everywhere is advised, but as someone said above, like in the contest between metal and flesh where metal always wins, salt vs metal means salt always wins. Hmm, I just thought of a new game. Salt Metal Flesh. Kinda like rock paper scissors.
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