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Hey guys any suggestions on how to clean up the headers on our exhaust? Mine have gotten grimey with a combination of bluing, road grime and a little bit of burnt oil.
 
They look like shet and with Marthys exhaust coming I wanted to clean them up and bring back the even appearance they started out with.
 
Only had chromed exhaust before so I'm unsure what products to use in accordance with the finish Yamaha used.
 
Thanks fellows.

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Good question...sorry I can't say for sure, but have you tried never dull? It's a polish/cleaning compound in a silver can, made by eagle one. It is like cloth chunks with the formula built in. I've had great luck with that on most metals, but not 100% on this finish

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vi5a
You could just thermal wrap the headers. I plan on doing that when I can afford an exhaust.

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Quixote
Hey guys any suggestions on how to clean up the headers on our exhaust?
 
Out of most of the anti-blue products I've tried, Bar Keepers Friend together with white Scotchbrite pads worked the best on the pipes on my 2009 Bandit.
It will take a lot of elbow grease just to get the pipes bright again the first time. You might want to go with green Scotchbrite pads in the very beginning, but try it somewhere inconspicuous first and see what you think.
 
Here's what the can of Bar Keepers Friend looks like:
 
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hobbs
You could just thermal wrap the headers. I plan on doing that when I can afford an exhaust.
 
 
My only concern with this is that I've read reports of thermal wrap being potentially detrimental to the integrity of the pipes.
 
Apparently by increasing internal temp and holding the heat in can cause cracking/warping after a period of time.
 
Maybe it only applies to chromed pipes, or certain alloys. I don't entirely know myself.

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hobbs
Can't find my thread about Marthys exhaust.. so I'll post it up here.
 
Final product after some buffing and a few days of riding around.
 
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Quixote
Well, your 'adventure tour' ;) bike has a sweet lookin' set of pipes. Your pic reminds me of when I had the Vstrom.
 
Did you buff out the headers when you had them off the bike, and did you use the Bar Keepers on them?
 
I can imagine all the little critters heading for cover when you fire'd that puppy up.
 
 
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rotaryryan24
You could just thermal wrap the headers. I plan on doing that when I can afford an exhaust.
My only concern with this is that I've read reports of thermal wrap being potentially detrimental to the integrity of the pipes.
 
Apparently by increasing internal temp and holding the heat in can cause cracking/warping after a period of time.
 
Maybe it only applies to chromed pipes, or certain alloys. I don't entirely know myself.
 
 
This really only applies to chrome pipes, but it will slightly shorten their life span if you live in humid\\rainy area's. It holds in moisture, and even stainless steel will rust.
 
Oh yeah a green or red stochbrite pad works well for shinning up those dull pipes.
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hobbs
If I had better foresight I would have buffed them before installing. I however did it after the fact. An hour or two sitting on a bucket with a spotlight lol.
 
I used green scotchbrite pads and "brasso" metal cleaner/tarnish remover. You can get the stuff at most hardware stores.
 
Disclaimer: Brasso WILL REMOVE the copper finish of the stock exhaust.

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