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I've been thinking about your chome problem and trying to find something other then re-chroming. I just got the time to dig around on my cleaner/polish shelves. I found a product I used a couple times ... had a similiar problem on another bike but not exactly then same. It DID work, did not make it perfect (I think re-chroming is the only answer to perfect) but it did make the chrome MUCH beter. It's cheap so it may be worth you to try it. It's called "Cape Cod Metal Polishing Cloths" I found a website for them here http://www.capecodpolish.com Let me know if you try it and how it does for you. I bought some other cleaner at the Speedway and I wanted to try it on your chrome but I never saw you after that :(

I still think ALL you guys should make it north for Laconia - after all it is one of the BIG THREE rallies. Maybe we could have another ride with as many Boss' as Daytona.
 

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Thanks Don, I went to their website and located a store that carries that product. The only one here in town is only 1 block from here. I can walk there. I'll get some during lunch and try it when I get home today. I'll let you know how it works.
 

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Heeeeeeeeeeeeey Mosa, My chrome is stained on the triple trees and the to part of the fork tubes. It just looks stain, but I can't find anything to clean it up. I'm going to try the stuff Don recommended, but I've already tried many different products with no luck. I thought about taking it to a chromer to see what he thinks. I believe that he would just suggest that they be re-chromed.

Hey I spoke to Randy Epling earlier this week and told him about your excited posts. Congratz on the purchase. It hasn't been very long since I picked up my bike and I'm still trying to get up the nerve to do my first tail wagging, smokin', burnout. This is one powerful machine! Good luck with your's. The paint looks really good. I saw it in Randy's place last weekend, on Friday just before you bought it. I can't wait to here about your first ticket. hehehe!
 

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Redtro said:
Thanks Don, I went to their website and located a store that carries that product. The only one here in town is only 1 block from here. I can walk there. I'll get some during lunch and try it when I get home today. I'll let you know how it works.
The anticipation is killing me :) Keeping my fingers crossed that it at least helps Ricky.

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You'll be doing nasty smoke shows soon enough ... :D :D :D
 

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Redtro...What do you mean by "stained"? Is the chrome scratched? When you run your fingernail over it do you feel it? If the chrome is not gouged and is smooth, try Blue Magic Metal and Chrome Polish. If it is actually scratched or the chrome is removed...NOTHING will get it right other than rechroming...Joe
 

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Redtro...What do you mean by "stained"? Is the chrome scratched? When you run your fingernail over it do you feel it? If the chrome is not gouged and is smooth, try Blue Magic Metal and Chrome Polish. If it is actually scratched or the chrome is removed...NOTHING will get it right other than rechroming...Joe
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Most of the chrome is actually "stained" looking ... most of the areas feel smoothe (there are some small areas rough but mostly smoothe). I know Ricky has tried a bunch of cleaners/polishes, the Blue Magic is good and I think he told me that was one he tried already (maybe wrong)! The stains are wierd but they are definetly there ...
 

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It sounds to me like the nickle plating prior to chrome plating is showing thru the chrome . If it is , nickle can be polished somewhat to be almost unoticeable but will have to be polished often . It may take machine buffing to make it look like chrome .

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I'll bet Jack nailed it. When I had my old front end the chrome on the lower tree member looked brown from certain angles and it was exactly as Jack says the under layer of nickel/copper showing through a really crappy chrome job. The factory replaced it free of charge....joe
 

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Don, I went to the address shown on that website on Friday at noon but the business was no longer there. It's now a attorney's office. I'll have to order the stuff to try it. You say you've tried it and it works? It sells for about $20.00 and I'll have to wait for it of come in the mail. You think it's worth the effort?
 

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Redtro said:
Don, I went to the address shown on that website on Friday at noon but the business was no longer there. It's now a attorney's office. I'll have to order the stuff to try it. You say you've tried it and it works? It sells for about $20.00 and I'll have to wait for it of come in the mail. You think it's worth the effort?
Ricky

I have used it before but not for the same problem as you have on your chrome. It did help on mine ... I have a package of these polishing clothes (two in a package). I can send you one and you can try it out. Send me your address to [email protected] and I'll send you a cloth. Just take out the "nospam" in address ... trying to make it a little more difficult for harvesting programs.

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Jack

You may very well be right on ... If it is the nickel plating and it can be polished up ... what product would you suggest Ricky try? :? Anything in particuliar or any good polish will work?
 

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Don,

I would try BLUE MAGIC POLISH . I had an area on one of my lower fork legs where the nickle was showing thru the chrome and I had to keep that area polished with a buffing wheel and buffing rouge . After I had it polished , it was fairly easy to keep it looking good with chrome polish . I have since had my lower legs rechromed .

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Thanks guys. Jack, I've already tried Blue Magic with no success. You said that you used a buffing wheel and buffing rouge? Is there a buffing wheel that will attach to a cordless drill (what diameter is the wheel) and where did you find the buffing rouge?
 

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Buffing Rouge

Ricky;

I recently got some miscellaneous buffing wheels and rouges @ Lowes, and Ace hardware.

At cordless drill speeds you might get larger buffing wheels to get some faster "edge" speed, and I have sucessfully used small buffing agents on a small Ryobi "Dremel" type tool that you can turn DOWN the speed.

Don't wear your good shirt either!

Ride Safe!

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Rick,

I used about a 3" buffing wheel mounted in a high speed electric drill and rouge I bought at ACE . Of course the ideal way to buff anything is to disassemble and buff using a bench buffer . More work but results are much faster and better.

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Hi Tim,

Got home yesterday . The throttle came while I was still in Florida . I will try it soon and let you know what I think .

Jack
 

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Chrome update:

I went to the local chromer here in Tallahassee yesterday and described the problem with my "stained" chrome forks and triple trees....my bike is apart at the moment so I couldn't show him. I told him what Jack said about the possibility of the nickel showing. He said that, "I have a sure fire nickel test" and he handed me some tissue paper that he wraps his chromed parts in for shipping. He said that any exposed nickel will show up brown while holding the tissue against the chrome and looking through the paper. He handed me a piece and said give it a try. I got home and tried it and my forks and triple trees had brown splotches all over. It is definitely the nickel showing and it came from the chromer that way.

This chromer said that during the chrome process the nickel comes out very shiny, like chrome. He then applies the chrome and if there is not complete coverage, you can't always see it with the naked eye. He does the tissue paper test. He said that over a period of time, the nickel tarnishes and makes the chrome look stained, as in my case. He said the only remedy is to re-chrome or replace.

I went to the Boss Hoss web site and used the contact us email system. I asked that they give me a break with an "at-cost" replacement front end. I bought the bike used and it would be well out of warranty being a 2002 model. But, it did come from the factory that way and I simply asked if they would help me out. I told them that I would send them my front end for their inspection. I did this yesterday and haven't heard back from them yet. We'll see.
 
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