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dirtyharry
post Mar 17 2008, 12:47 PM
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Ok guys. Whats the magic trick on removing the black boot marks on the exhaust pipes? I've tried various cleaners and chrome polish. Nothing seems to work very well. I've spent like 20 to 30 minutes rubbing them out with chrome polish only to have them return again on the next ride.
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post Mar 17 2008, 01:32 PM
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Have you tried wearing bunny slippers? The fur won't melt to your pipes. I bet Screwball wears 'em. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif) (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)
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post Mar 17 2008, 02:32 PM
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QUOTE(Blackdeuce @ Mar 17 2008, 01:32 PM) *
Have you tried wearing bunny slippers? The fur won't melt to your pipes. I bet Screwball wears 'em. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif) (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)


That might help. I'll have to try them. And I believe Screwball does wear slippers now that he bought his new geezer bike.
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post Mar 17 2008, 02:45 PM
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Steel Wool Super fine grade #0000 should work. Its make for smoothing out laquer finishes and doesn't scratch chrome. I use it for tar/tree sap and it works great so it should probably work for boot burns too! Tom
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post Mar 17 2008, 03:33 PM
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QUOTE(Sick_Puppy @ Mar 17 2008, 02:45 PM) *
Steel Wool Super fine grade #0000 should work. Its make for smoothing out laquer finishes and doesn't scratch chrome. I use it for tar/tree sap and it works great so it should probably work for boot burns too! Tom



Yup.. I second that ..
works reeeeeall good....
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post Mar 17 2008, 03:35 PM
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Oven cleaner works for me. Spray on a cloth then wipe. Jimmyz
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post Mar 17 2008, 04:26 PM
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QUOTE(JIMMYZ @ Mar 17 2008, 04:35 PM) *
Oven cleaner works for me. Spray on a cloth then wipe. Jimmyz


I second that! Little effort and Works great! (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif)
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I 3rd that. It works great. Make sure you dont use anything abrasive or your gonna scratch the chrome finish.
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post Mar 17 2008, 04:42 PM
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Ride barefoot - you'll only put your foot on the exhaust pipes once . . . (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif)
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post Mar 17 2008, 05:34 PM
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fourth on the oven cleaner & rag.
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post Mar 17 2008, 07:56 PM
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I follow the oven cleaner with denatured alcohol. It cleans all the residue off, including fingerprint oil, without leaving any residue of it’s own. Be sure the pipes are cold.
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post Mar 18 2008, 07:11 AM
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QUOTE(Spurrs @ Mar 17 2008, 04:42 PM) *
Ride barefoot - you'll only put your foot on the exhaust pipes once . . . (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif)


I second this one... (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)
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QUOTE(xusnatc @ Mar 17 2008, 05:38 PM) *
I 3rd that. It works great. Make sure you dont use anything abrasive or your gonna scratch the chrome finish.



YEa...what these guys said. I use the Harley microfiber cloth or somthing similar.
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post Mar 18 2008, 08:07 AM
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Oh and Harry.....be sure you don't spary the easy off on your frame or anything painted!!! Then you'll be really pissed off!!!
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post Mar 18 2008, 11:31 AM
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Thanks guys. Seems like oven cleaner or fine steel wool will both do the job. And the riding barefoot thing....your right...you would only put your foot on it once. And then you would have to figure out how to get fried skin off it.
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post Apr 7 2008, 06:44 AM
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Hey the best and fast way is 2+2 carb cleaner on a rag so you don't get it on any paint.Have to do it every time the wife rides with me!

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post Apr 7 2008, 11:25 AM
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I AGREE WITH THE CARB CLEANER TOO SPOKES, IT DOES WORK WELL MOST OF THE TIME!!! (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif)
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post Apr 8 2008, 02:41 PM
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QUOTE(dirtyharry @ Mar 17 2008, 12:47 PM) *
Ok guys. Whats the magic trick on removing the black boot marks on the exhaust pipes? I've tried various cleaners and chrome polish. Nothing seems to work very well. I've spent like 20 to 30 minutes rubbing them out with chrome polish only to have them return again on the next ride.



My habbit is to look at my pipes every time I get off the bike, the rubber usually wipes away from the pipes when it's fresh. However, I don't always catch it when it happens.

My solution costs about $0.50 - $1.00. Aluminum foil and Coke. Believe it or not, it works like a champ. Depending on how long the rubber has been cooking on the pipes will depend on the amount of elbow grease you have to apply. ( Search myth busters for this )

But, no matter how hard you scrub, you will not scratch the pipes with the aluminum foil. This is because the mineral Chromium is harder than aluminum. It feels like you are scratching the hell out of your chrome but it leaves no scratches. Try it on the back side of the pipes or on an old chrome piece you aren't using to test it.

The coke has an acidic property that breaks down the crap you are trying to clean off. Coke has many garage uses and I always keep a 2 litter right next to my oil. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/headbang.gif)

BE SURE TO CLEAN THE DIRT FROM YOUR PIPES BEFORE USING THE ALUMINUM. Dirt will scratch.

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post Apr 8 2008, 04:10 PM
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I used Lasagna noodles and Pepperoni Pizza grease..
Make sure the Noodles do not have tomato sauce as this will neutralize the effects of the pepperoni grease...

What's good about my method is that you will also have a warm snack once your thru...
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QUOTE(Tetrapiker @ Apr 8 2008, 03:41 PM) *
My habbit is to look at my pipes every time I get off the bike, the rubber usually wipes away from the pipes when it's fresh. However, I don't always catch it when it happens.

My solution costs about $0.50 - $1.00. Aluminum foil and Coke. Believe it or not, it works like a champ. Depending on how long the rubber has been cooking on the pipes will depend on the amount of elbow grease you have to apply. ( Search myth busters for this )

But, no matter how hard you scrub, you will not scratch the pipes with the aluminum foil. This is because the mineral Chromium is harder than aluminum. It feels like you are scratching the hell out of your chrome but it leaves no scratches. Try it on the back side of the pipes or on an old chrome piece you aren't using to test it.

The coke has an acidic property that breaks down the crap you are trying to clean off. Coke has many garage uses and I always keep a 2 litter right next to my oil. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/headbang.gif)

BE SURE TO CLEAN THE DIRT FROM YOUR PIPES BEFORE USING THE ALUMINUM. Dirt will scratch.



hot or cold?
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post Apr 9 2008, 07:51 PM
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I have had no luck with the Easy Off. It didn't take anything off. Hot or cold. Glendale Harley said to use a razor blade very carefully so you don't scratch the chrome. That seems to work pretty good but take a little time and you need to get it while it's hot. I'll try the carb cleaner and or the coke and foil. Once I get my new hip I'll be able to turn my foot so my boot doesn't touch the exhaust. Getting old is a bitch.
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post Apr 10 2008, 05:09 AM
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QUOTE(dirtyharry @ Apr 9 2008, 08:51 PM) *
Once I get my new hip I'll be able to turn my foot so my boot doesn't touch the exhaust.


i know this may sound cruel - and please try not to take it that way - but i nearly died laughing when i read that statement. so matter-of-fact and out of context, you know?

have you tried some of those heel guard thingamajigs on the market? maybe they make one for bikes w/out floorboards ...
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Shit, I'm gonna try Tetra's solution. Pepsi work? (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif) I hate fucken Coke. I'd have to make a special trip to the store.

What I use is Simi-Chrome. I think the stealer sells it. It comes in a tube about the size of a small tooth paste. Basically it's rubbing compound but man do you ever have to rub. It does disolve the shit eventually, with patience. I usually dampen a wax application sponge and go to it.

Dirty..good luck with that new hip. Buddy of mine got one and no more than 6 weeks later he was better than ever (according to him, not his wife (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif) ). Gettin' old ain't for sissies is it, Harry.
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QUOTE(Will Avila @ Apr 8 2008, 04:10 PM) *
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I used Lasagna noodles and Pepperoni Pizza grease..
Make sure the Noodles do not have tomato sauce as this will neutralize the effects of the pepperoni grease...

What's good about my method is that you will also have a warm snack once your thru...




(IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif) (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif) (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)

Now THAT'S funny right there!
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Blue Magic Metal Polish works for me. I started using it, because Paul Reed Smith recommends it for polishing the nickel plated pick-up covers on their guitars. If it's okay for a $3000 guitar, it should be safe for a motorcycle. Be careful when you open it. The ammonia smell is pretty stout.
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post Apr 10 2008, 01:08 PM
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QUOTE(MIALMA @ Apr 10 2008, 05:09 AM) *
i know this may sound cruel - and please try not to take it that way - but i nearly died laughing when i read that statement. so matter-of-fact and out of context, you know?

have you tried some of those heel guard thingamajigs on the market? maybe they make one for bikes w/out floorboards ...



Hey it's ok to laugh. There is no reason to cry about it. I should look into the heel guards and see if there is one for the sporty with forward controls.

Thanks
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QUOTE(dirtyharry @ Apr 10 2008, 02:08 PM) *
I should look into the heel guards and see if there is one for the sporty with forward controls.

Thanks



Make one. Just sayin'.
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last year up in Tomahawk we watched thru the motel window as our friends pulled in to the parking lot thru the wind/rain/sleet. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/bike.gif)


I opened the window to holler at them in time to hear her say "look what your pipes did to my new boots!". (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/schreck.gif)


He replied , "fuck your new boots, look what the fuck they did to my new pipes!" (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/ax.gif)


Seems she tucked in tight behind Mike to try and stay warm and rode most of the way (2 1/2 hours) with her right heel on the pipe. Brand new girly Harley boots with a 2 inch heel on one side and no heel left at all on the other. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/kopf.gif)


Since it was the only pair of shoes she brought along, she spent most of the weekend walking with a limp. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)
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buy some boots that dont melt they got soles made out of something that will take the heat
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QUOTE(MIALMA @ Apr 9 2008, 05:25 AM) *
hot or cold?



Preferably cold. Heat will probably make the steel a bit softer thus causing scratches because the Aluminum will be cold. The difference between the hardness of aluminum and chromium isn't much so cold chrome is best cleaned with aluminum.
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QUOTE(Will Avila @ Apr 8 2008, 04:10 PM) *
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I used Lasagna noodles and Pepperoni Pizza grease..
Make sure the Noodles do not have tomato sauce as this will neutralize the effects of the pepperoni grease...

What's good about my method is that you will also have a warm snack once your thru...


Cute... (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)
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buy some boots that dont melt they got soles made out of something that will take the heat


Rather than buying a new pair of boots, you can get your current ones resoled by a shoe cobbler. Just ask them to put on the heat resistant soles. This will cost about $50 - $75 rather than spending $150 for a new pair. Of course that's if you like to keep your comfortable boots and don't like to spend the unnecessary cash for a new pair.

I have 3 pair of boots now .... Since I have resoled, I haven't bought a new pair of boots in years.... I can spend the cash I save on my boots on those extra little add-ons for the bike!!! (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/beerbang1.gif)
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OK....I solved the boot marks problem. I went in and had a total right hip replacement on May 2. Walked with a cane for 6 weeks. Now I look down at my foot and it's pointed straight ahead. FUCK!!! When I ride now my heel doesn't rest on the exhaust because it points forward instead off at an angle to the right. After 6 days of riding no book marks. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/banana.gif)
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Damn Harry, that seems like a drastic move just because of boot marks. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif)
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I would have got some oven cleaner or something. . . .


Glad it worked out for ya, Harry!
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Damn Harry, that seems like a drastic move just because of boot marks. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif)


I'm telling you. I was tired of cleaning those boot marks off after every ride. They looked like shit.
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S100 polishing soap works great, you can get it from the dealer. Took about a minute of scrubbing to remove the boot marks from mine. Makes chrome look good also.
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QUOTE(Tetrapiker @ Apr 8 2008, 02:41 PM) *
My solution costs about $0.50 - $1.00. Aluminum foil and Coke. Believe it or not, it works like a champ. Depending on how long the rubber has been cooking on the pipes will depend on the amount of elbow grease you have to apply. ( Search myth busters for this )

But, no matter how hard you scrub, you will not scratch the pipes with the aluminum foil. This is because the mineral Chromium is harder than aluminum. It feels like you are scratching the hell out of your chrome but it leaves no scratches. Try it on the back side of the pipes or on an old chrome piece you aren't using to test it.

The coke has an acidic property that breaks down the crap you are trying to clean off. Coke has many garage uses and I always keep a 2 litter right next to my oil. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/headbang.gif)

BE SURE TO CLEAN THE DIRT FROM YOUR PIPES BEFORE USING THE ALUMINUM. Dirt will scratch.



Okay, my brother stepped back into the pipes on my Fatty when we were riding back from IA (rainsuit melted) and my wife must have been resting her boot on the exhaust on the Ultra last week. BAD marks on both. I was going to get some over cleaner or S1000 or something but forgot. Spent a few hours cleaning the Ultra today and thought I'd try the Coke & foil routine, as wax wasn't doing anything to remove the marks on either bikes.

I had Pepsi (no Coke!) and some aluminum foil and I'll be damned if it doesn't work! You gotta work it, but it doesn't scratch the chrome at all and off comes the marks. The rainsuit marks were REALLY bad, but with about 5 minutes of work, you can't tell it was there or that you it scrubbed off.

Thanks Tetrapiker!
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OK guys I know this is an old old old post, but, I'm gonna do it anyways, Zippo Lighter fluid and your OL's green nylon kitchen pad, Squirt Zippo fluid on pipe, rub with OL's green nylon kitchen pad and its gone, no hard rubbing, no scratches, pipes look new. Now, if ya wanna give me shit for posting in an old post PHUQ YA
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