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Discussion in 'Australia' started by GhostRiderFromHell, Jan 20, 2010.
Two day sale over last weekend.
I don’t work for them. This thread is about stuff we find that is adv related, and I wanted to share. Is this the perfect multi tool? No. I think the gerber mp600 is close though. I also love my center drive. But those are pricey tools. The Center Drive is $100+. MP600 varies quite a bit depending on tool load (best is the pro scout). Those are what I use daily.
In the $20 range right now you have a lot of junk, the schrade tough tool, and this. The schrade tool is light duty, a 25 year old design still in production, with a very crude, often ineffective tool locking mechanism.
Actually, there is a LOT of junk in the sub-$20 range. Tools with rounded corners, poor machining, terrible tolerances, dull blades, crappy locks, or that fall apart the first time you put any force to them. So finding a gem that’s actually worth the cost is something to speak up about.
I used chemtech CT18 for a long time and still do, but I can report that on more than one vehicle with less than new paint it did leave streaks in the white duco from the black shit around the old seals, and it didn't seem to matter how much I rinsed it off either. The CT18 seemed to enable the stain to etch or bond into the paintwork and it never came out. Ordinary carwashes never did this.
Wish i knew it was on sale, just cracked my last litre from my 2 years ago bulk buy to give both bikes a bath, Ive been using it since i was a youngin too
I've been using super cheap koala wash. For the last decade or so
Ain't hand washed my toyota since new , 8 yrs ....
I figure u hand wash u sand back the paint .....
Washed all my dirt bikes , hd,s , adv,s etc , never lay a hand on em ...
Ain't used ct18 for 20 yrs
I figure ct 18 gotta b good at that price and the salesman told me its paint friendly now etc etc
I use their Home brand version
I was reluctant to post my findings as knew it would be controversial.
It was in 2004 I gave up using it and I'm 100% sure it was CT18.
I loved the stuff and have never found a product that worked as well, I followed the instructions the best I could.
I used it on my cars too and I realised after finding the problem with the bikes that the wiper blades had a short life and would stick to the screen in hot weather and the rubber around the windows would leave black streaks down the paint and if I wet my finger I could rub the rubber and get a black build up on my finger.
I still have that WR but the radiator hoses have a brown tinges to them from the dust that has stuck so the damage was not great but just enough for me to stop using it.
After mentioning it to some mates they all came up with their own stories as to how it affected something they owned.
Keeping it away from the O rings on a chain and fork seals could be a good idea.
Weird, I'd love to know if there s something unique to your region to explain it - eg water supply ph interacting with the ct? Hard water? Not trying to argue / discredit, just trying to explain something that is so different to other peoples experiences.
And look what it's done to your Katos! Diluted them and washed the orange off!
A mate just got me 20l of shell dobotex to try.
See how it goes.
Hopefully alright. 20l is going to last awhile.
An industrial chemist once told me to just go to the dollar shop and buy cheap shampoo instead of ct18
Just have to be a bit careful - shampoo is often thickened with NaCl
Dobotex is the shit BB
CT18 can leach into spoke nipples and corrode the inside anodizing of aluminium rims.
I never noticed any isues with rubber, i am not certain, but it appeared to have an effect on carbon fibre. i stopped buying CT18 and switched to liquid dynamo, works an absolute treat and it's free from my laundry.
According to this thread, ill be taking my bikes to the wreckers next week
Give you an excuse to buy a Tenere 690
I wash my bikes and cars with this stuff, easy to get and works a treat:
Can do your riding gear at the same time
Ive been looking for something to blame for getting only 20,000+ km out of my F8 chain i soak with CT18 before power washing
Not that there was anything wrong with it but seeing as sprocks were a bit worn did the complete set
I better not mention ive washed my oiled air filters in petrol sinnce my first dirt bike
Sorry didn’t realize this was in a regional forum.
Some people love this stuff that much they bring their kids up on it. Others aren't real fussed with the results and see problems here and there. Sounds like motor bike brands.
I have used Dobotex Gold on my bikes for about ten years with great results, otherwise boat wash as it is guaranteed to be kind to fibreglass, plastic, vinyl, metal and alloys and electrical connections and rinses off properly.