How do you clean dirty spokes/hubs?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by hillbillyhonda, May 10, 2013.

  1. hillbillyhonda

    hillbillyhonda corn fused

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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? :huh
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  2. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    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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  3. Jayrod1318

    Jayrod1318 Poster

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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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  4. maxjett

    maxjett Biketrader

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  5. redprimo

    redprimo Been here awhile

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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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    garthg Been here awhile

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  7. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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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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  8. hillbillyhonda

    hillbillyhonda corn fused

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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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  9. booger1

    booger1 Been here awhile

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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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