1200 GSA Exhaust "Blueing"

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Pughy, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. Pughy

    Pughy Dai in Cornwall

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    I have just bought a new R1200 GSA with the chrome (optional) front pipes ~ I have now done 1100 miles and they aint chrome anymore :( very blue and discoloured ~ how do you keep them looking like new?
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  2. slowinfastout

    slowinfastout Just Ridin' By....

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    You don't. All chrome pipes blue. Those Harleys you see all have heat shields over the pipes. I suppose you can use "blue-away" on a regular basis to keep them chromie...but that might get old after awhile and will help, but not get them back 100 %

    http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/blue-away/

    -Duane
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  3. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    You paid for them to turn blue, instead of shit brown like the rest of us! You CAN polish them back to chrome, but what's the point.

    If you want them to stay silver, get the ceramically coated: www.jet-hot.com and others.
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  4. Some Dude

    Some Dude what attitude problem???

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    The "Chrome Muffler" option is strictly that, a chromed muffler vs stainless muffler. They all have the same headpipes that blue regardless of a chrome or stainless muffler installed :D
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  5. Pughy

    Pughy Dai in Cornwall

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    Thanks Boys ~ I think they will then be going blue!!!
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  6. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    I eventually went ceramic coating to restore my badly blued/weathered pipes, but the coating is gradually deteoriating as well. Tough spot out in the weather and constantly being heat cycled. I think the best approach is to yank them off every year or three to clean them up as best you can with some polish and a buffing wheel, and accept the discoloration that's left as part of the bike's patina.

    - Mark
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  7. NJ Moto

    NJ Moto Long timer

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    After the initial blue stage they change into a nice shitty brown.:D
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  8. Scrounger

    Scrounger Motomaggot

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    I like the black heat tape option. I've seen it on a few Buells and its looks pretty nice.
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  9. MilesToGo

    MilesToGo Been here awhile

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    Not so. The entire exhaust on my new GSA is chrome. After 700 miles, my head pipes are blue about 8 in back from the head. I'm thinking either wrap or black ceramic at some point.
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  10. Bollocks

    Bollocks Farts with an Accent™

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    I had two explain to friend from England that the blue was not from “Thrashing the balls out of it”. :lol3
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  11. jpalamar

    jpalamar Long timer

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    Tough choices. I've seen a few ceramic ones and I think they actually look worse. Kinda like a milky wannabe chrome, but more aluminum looking. Hey look at me, Mr. Anal who bought a 99 buck, on sale steam cleaner from Harbor Freight to clean a used '06 bike, commenting on looks!:clap
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  12. Mac

    Mac Long timer

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    Correct.

    Even the fiche lists both seperately...

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=507 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=ListPart style="BORDER-LEFT: #b0b0b0 1px solid">01 </TD><TD class=ListPart style="BORDER-RIGHT: #d3d3d3 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #d3d3d3 1px solid">18117673113 </TD><TD class=ListPartNarrow style="BORDER-LEFT: #d3d3d3 1px solid" noWrap>collector </TD><TD class=NA title="Part not available. Call for more info." noWrap align=right>NA [​IMG] </TD><TD class=ListPart style="BORDER-LEFT: #d3d3d3 1px solid" align=right>1 </TD><TD class=ListPart style="BORDER-LEFT: #d3d3d3 1px solid"></TD></TR><TR><TD class=ListPart style="BORDER-LEFT: #b0b0b0 1px solid">01 </TD><TD class=ListPart style="BORDER-RIGHT: #d3d3d3 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #d3d3d3 1px solid">18117684097 </TD><TD class=ListPartNarrow style="BORDER-LEFT: #d3d3d3 1px solid" noWrap>chromed collector </TD><TD class=NA title="Part not available. Call for more info." noWrap align=right>NA [​IMG] </TD><TD class=ListPart style="BORDER-LEFT: #d3d3d3 1px solid" align=right>1 </TD><TD class=ListPart style="BORDER-LEFT: #d3d3d3 1px solid"></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>


    Source: http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fiche/MainDiagrams.asp?mospid=47824
    EXHAUST MANIFOLD WITH CATALYST - Diagram #18_0529
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  13. nickatnite

    nickatnite Poster Boy for Red Death

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    Me, I kinda like the shit brown look.

    That way when you play in the mud all day it blends in....

    [​IMG]
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  14. DUX

    DUX GS: The Anti-Chrome

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    They will turn from blue to brown.

    The dealer talked me out of the chrome option b/c it was just the muffler. He said to try the bike for a while and if I wanted something different then there were better (and sometimes less expensive) after-market options.

    Mine blued for about a thousand miles and started to turn brown. At 8,300 miles they are mostly brown. This bike is ugly and I love it. Who cares about the pipes?
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  15. Nitzo

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    Mine look like shit......whoo hoo, I'm a rider.
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  16. Backmarker

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    Bobby you of all people should know that this is not true. My 05 gs has the stainless header that has turned brown. My 06 ADV. with the chrome header option is a nice blue color about 8 in. from the head but otherwise looks new. Maybe you posted this before morning coffee? In that case i'll let it slide....:lol3
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  17. fixinbones

    fixinbones Tarmac Adventurer

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    2200 miles and still blue. :DIf they turn shit brown im getting rid of the bike. :lol3 I was under the impression that the chrome headers were an option that prevented it from turning shit brown. I know ive read that more than a few times on this forum
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  18. Desert Skies

    Desert Skies One brick shy...

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    I have the stainless, once a year, during some scheduled maintenance, I hit em with a ScotchBright pad. The look a nice gun metal grey when I get done.
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  19. rosmoe

    rosmoe Been here awhile

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    Mothers Metal Polish on a small fine steelwool pad once a week will keep 'em lookin' good. Wall Mart has the stuff for $3.95 for a small container. Takes about 5 minutes to clean both pipes up. Watch your knuckles on the right side pipe where it goes into the converter, on the 1150 GS. Like the idea of the ScotchBrite Pad once a year, sounds a lot more sensible !!
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  20. Klutch

    Klutch gringo goatrider

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    Stainless turns brown and stays that way.
    Chrome turns a purty blue and stays that way (available on all R-bikes). Enuff said.:flush
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