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I'll have the rear wheel off this weekend for the #7 install. Anyone have any "trick" polish ideas for the factory wheels? I've been using Mother's Metal Polishing pads or Boms Away with good results. Just thought I'd ask. You guys alway seem to come up with a surprise. Want it to shine like the chrome ones that I'm too cheap to buy.
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Sorry for the cut and paste but this stuff is the best on the planet for what you are wanting to do bar none!!!

Mothers™ Billet Metal Polish combines state-of-the-art cleaners with a cutting edge formulation, resulting in unmatched performance at any price. This powerful polish is gentle on your most delicate and intricate polishable metal surfaces.

Mothers™ developed Billet Metal Polish to use on billet, forged, and finely cast aluminum, brass and all polishable metals. Professional detailers, enthusiasts, and the most discriminating collectors rely on the gentle effectiveness of Mothers™ Billet Metal Polish. They understand how easily the wrong product can undermine even the most practiced elements of detailing. When it comes to sensitive surfaces, don’t settle for anything less than the best.

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"Blue Magic Metal and Chrome Polish" is the absolute best I've ever used and I've used Mother's and almost everything available. Rated #1 by consumers reports and is the best I've ever used in 45 years.
Conrad..try this **** and you'll be a convert.
You'll have to put some effort into those wheels but it ill be well worth the effort.....Joe
 

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Joe, is the "Blue Magic Metal and Chrome Polish" everywhere available (Walmart, K-mart)? I'm in the States from April to May and would like to add it to my wish list...

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Loaf,

You can buy it at any Advance Auto or Auto Zone. I also think I did see it in Wal-mart in a bottle not a plastic can.

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Joe, Chris
that's nice. I'm sure I'll find the Blue Magic polish. Auto Zone's aren't hard to find if I remember right. Thanks a lot to you both.

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I am another convert to blue magic. I have been with mothers but in the clean and polish test blue magic does work better . Seems to be a good amount of amonia in the blue magic. Smells like silver polish.

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I know I'm a chrome polish freak (probably have 12 different brands on the shelf) but this **** even beats Blue Magic! This is like a quest for the ultimate chrome stuff.
http://www.topoftheline.com/onegranchrom.html
I haven't yet tried it on aluminum and don't believe it is made for it but on chrome the shine is as deep as a mirror with NO abrasion whatsoever and No dulling. The company claims that professional chromers use this **** as a final polish before shipping and after using it, I believe it. Also is very easy on, easy off liquid. Absolutely amazing results.
I've recently ordered their "All in One" paint polish and "Filler Glaze" for the paint and will report back with the results. If the chrome polish is any indicator of the quality they carry these should be winners.
Navigate this site and you'll find anything you need for waxing, polishing and detailing.....Joe
 

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Joe;

Just read their thread on the "polishing Ball" and they recommend 0000 steel wool for prebuff on rough spots. I learned in aviation to use Aluminum Wool, or equivalent, else you'll be wondering where those microscopic Brown Spots come from as the bits of imbedded steel wool rust.

The products look very useful, and I'm ordering some. Do you recommend bulk quantities?

Ride Safe!

HAWK88
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Hi, Jack...Why don't you try the products with small quantities first and then, if you love them, go for more. Had I known the chrome polish would be as good as it is I would have ordered 1/2 gallon but, realistically, the 16 oz. bottle will probably last me two years. You just have to try this **** to believe it!
Jack..I've only tried the one product from them which is a real winner but haven't tried others they offer although have ordered some because of my great experience with the first....Joe
PS. I know that professional auto shops use 0000 STEEL wool to remove overspray from chrome without issues. Aluminum, however, does seem safer.
 

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Joe;

Thanks, sage advice; WILCO!

ps: the 50 aspect ratio Dunlap has yet to even hint @ a wobble. I've ran it beyond 6500 RPM @ 35 PSI steady as a rock (single speed clutch with 38/80 Gates pulleys). I've even tried to induce a wobble a couple times to build up my "warm fuzzy" before I get into heavy traffic.

I'm going to continue reducing pressure till my sphincture makes me quit, mostly out of curiosity, but to reduce parking lot speed "edging" as well.

I've whacked several surprise sharp edge potholes with no problem on the rear. I feel the front would rim cut before the Dunlap.

Its got a full 9" tread width, and is approximately 23 1/4" diameter, with 4ish between the edge of the rim and the tread. My old 230 is slightly more than 25" diameter @ about 1/4 tread remaining.
 

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Jack...the tire I'm looking at is the Michelin Pilot XGT H4 235/60HR15 which has the same aspect ratio as the 230 Avon. The Pirelli P600 has the same aspect ratio but is W rated which is enormous overkill.
What do you think about this tire for a try?...Anyone else using either of these tires?...Joe
 

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Joe;

I feel the 235 part will be a bit better than my Dunlap P245/50 ZR15, being a bit more narrow. I'm not sure about the 60 aspect ratio relative to "wobbles" though.

Actually, I got to ride with LaMont a bit at Daytona, and he has NO issues with his car tire other than it won't wear out! It's a Challanger, and I'm not sure what size it is, but I'm sure he would share it with you. He "spins" it freely, and is a frequent rider in the mountains with really crooked roads.

As per Tim, and LaMont, there is NO problem with traction when the tire is "edeged" up on pavement @ reasonable speeds. I've thouraghly reshaped the ends of my pipes (nice and sparky @ night). Let us know how it works for you.

Ride Safe!

HAWK88
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I am trying to remove water spots from the sides of the radiator. Have tried mothers and blue magic. Although the blue magic seemed to shine the aluminum a little better , neither one is taking out the water spots. Any suggestions.

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Bill,
I just polished my radiator for the same reason. I always do that
with a chrome polish named "Autosol". I don't know if it is available
in Canada - but if it is, then try it. Your radiator looks like chrome plated when you are done. All these small scratches, water
spots, and radiant spots are easy to polish away, and the radiator shines
like never before.

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Thanks loaf

I will look for it and let you know results. I recall something called solvo autosol. Is that name on your stuff.

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Hi Jack (Hawk)...Am definitely going to try the 235 Michelin. I'll report back with the results. If I like it better than the 230 grooved Avon I'll keep it. If not I'll tell ya'all and go back to the Avon...Joe
 
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