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There she is in all her glory. That's my roommate going to town with the angle grinder. Yeah it made some waves, but they sand out really easily and we OWNED the rough cast with that thing.

Can you see the scratched lever and bar end?



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I wish my subframe was bolted on. Stupid welds. I may rip off the swingarm and polish the whole dang thing. Only trouble is getting the shock off.

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I'm not sure but if that is your trying to polish your frame then you really took the hard route.. the main frame doesn't need to be sanded or grinded.. all you needed to do was use aircraft stripper and steel wool.. you really got your work cut out for you.. the swing arm is the same way. No sanding. The only part that required sanding was the bottom part of the frame where the sub frame connects. ANother suggestion is don't polish what you can't see with the plastics on.. otherwise you won't be able to fight the corrosion without taking your bike all apart again.
 

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They say you don't need to sand the whole thing, but we'll see how mine turns out after being throughly smoothed. I'd rather sand and polish anywhere that you could look too. The subframe we're not going extensive on. However, we're going to polish all the way to the front. This way under close inspection we did it right. After all, why do it half assed?

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A note of warning:
You really shouldn't use steel wool on aluminum.
Little bits of it get into the aluminum and will cause it to oxidize much faster.

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I used steel wool and finished it 3 weeks ago... no signs of oxidization yet but I'll let you know if I have any problems... good luck with the sanding... hope it works out for you.
 

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I made the mistake of not buying Aircraft paint stripper. Instead I got some other stripper that says it's for Aircrafts. We let that stuff sit for over an hour and took steel wool to it and the paint wouldn't come off. That's why we went the die grinder way. Those little 3M wheels rock. It creates waves but the 220 grit sand paper gets rid of them almost instantly.

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I used sand paper on the rough cast, that part was a lot of work, but once it evened out with the rest of the frame, it was steel wool all the way. I used three different levels of steel wool... but it all worked out well. I finished off using Mother's Aluminum Mag polish. It's turned out like chrome. I guess it was about a month or so from start to finish - just for polishing.

After that stage, treat the frame just like a new car. Wax it! It will help prevent the oxidization, and will also repell the elements. You'll even get a little extra shine! You can't go wrong with that...

My bike will look fantastic when I'm done... LP smoke DB windscreen, Graphic Art LED flushmounts and clear brake lense, an Extreme Graphic undertail, and a brand new full Hindle high mount system with a Titanium oval supersport can. I've also painted the side farings to get ride of the charcoal along the lower half, the rims have been powder coated in semigloss black, wrapped with D207's (Ick...) until they're worn and I can stick on the D208's.

Anything I missed?
 

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Nice part is I think I shaved off at least 5 lbs of weight! Has to be that much. I found 2 lbs in my nose the first day because we didn't wear the masks. =) Wish I wasn't working so much atm, because I don't have time to do it.

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Yeah, I've got to finish Cdn's... but I've already told him that it's not going to be as good a finish as mine. Why would I out-do myself on my best friend's bike? Everyone's going to see it and say what a nice bike he's got (aside from the green...), and he'll get all the credit.

I think not.

I will do a great job, there's no doubt of that, but if he wants it to go farther, then he's going to have to get his elbows dirty.

Oh, and like working 60 hours a week leaves me with 'oodles' of time to spend on his bike...

Don't worry Cdn, I'll get it done!
 
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