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Cleaning / Polishing Aluminum especially Forks #146698 12/18/19 08:48 PM
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So when I got my 2007 XT225 home one of the first things I noticed in the garage - having purchased it at night - was the fork tubes looked a wee bit rougher than I thought when I picked the bike up in San Diego.

So I did some Internet searching and found a great video on YouTube of how to clean aluminum rims on an automobile.

Applied the basic concept to the forks.

Use 1 part distilled white vinegar
1 part isopropyl alcohol
and Steel Wool - fine or 00
Do wear rubber gloves! the mixture is acidic
Do place paper / rags under the work area the mixture will stain concrete

Oh - and don't use any plastic bowls that belong in the Kitchen. They will be a bugger to clean out afterwards! blush

Start at the top of the forks as the liquid will run down and help pre-soak the lower portions of the forks.

You may need to use a lot of pressure on certain areas. Keep scrubbing until you get the finish you are looking for. In my case this was a test. I'm happy but will revisit the process when I remove the front wheel for service. That will provide better access.

This is a 'before' view of the forks.

This is an after

Note: your results may vary. The good news is just about any degree of pitting / oxidation can be removed. Wish I knew about this when I lived at the beach with my Virago 750. Could have cleaned that up nicely.



Last edited by JPouchet; 12/19/19 12:16 AM. Reason: type - should be good not god news

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Re: Cleaning / Polishing Aluminum especially Forks [Re: JPouchet] #146699 12/18/19 09:18 PM
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Nice! The forks look a whole lot better than when you brought the bike home. Lot of work, no doubt, but well worth it..

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Re: Cleaning / Polishing Aluminum especially Forks [Re: JPouchet] #146702 12/19/19 09:33 AM
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Thanks for the tip.

2004 XT225 purchased new in October 2004 0 miles. Current miles over 27,000.

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