Do you Pressue wash your Pig??

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  • bigtom17

Posted November 17, 2004 - 05:48 PM


The reason I ask is I pressure washed mine for the first time after a ride last week. After, I started and ran for about 5 minutes to bake off water then rolled it away for the weekend ride. I loaded it and went to a race (goldendale GP) 3 hours away and never got it to start, therefore missing the race. I wan't to blame it on something, do you think I did some damage with the water? What are the do's and don'ts if I do use the pressure washer??? I don't know if I go electonics wet or if there is water in the Quick silver all I know is it won't start.

  • don87xr600

Posted November 17, 2004 - 06:03 PM


I leave mine running when I wash it.

  • DirtyChris

Posted November 17, 2004 - 07:12 PM


I pressure wash mine all the time... Dont shoot into the can and you'll be fine as long as your seals (carb area) are ok.
I do the air filter at the same time, so I know its not full of water.

  • AzMtnThumper

Posted November 17, 2004 - 07:40 PM


I just use Simple Green and gentle hose pressure. I only pressure wash if its very dirty (not too often) :cry: .

  • smashinz2002

Posted November 17, 2004 - 08:47 PM


If you do pressure wash it, use low pressure. Pressure washing the bike at high pressure can do a lot of damage, mainly to bearings and seals.

  • big t

Posted November 17, 2004 - 09:35 PM


I just use a hose. I don't pressure wash any of my bikes unless I'm going to take it apart and lube everything up. A pressure washer IMO forces dirt and water into places and parts it shouldn't be.

  • Pig_N_CR5hundy

Posted November 18, 2004 - 03:25 PM


Like others have said, be careful with the bearings. I blew out my stearing stem bearings after only a year due to my own ignorance. Use simple green and steer clear of bearings :cry:

  • KEVXR416

Posted November 18, 2004 - 04:38 PM


I presure wash just not on the stream setting I use the fan setting and not directly and one point for any length of time. never a problem, simple green the best hands down :cry: :cry: :cry: just let it sit for 10 min. wash it off even smells purty :D :D :lol:

I would go over all the electrical you defenitly got some moisture in there some where, but first take out the plug and see if yer getting spark then backtrack from there :cry:

How's yer right leg feel bet you kicked it at least 100 time's :lol: :D :cry: :lol:

  • qadsan

Posted November 19, 2004 - 07:13 AM


I just use simple green, a nylon brush and a hose with a nozzle on it. Be careful with pressure washers as high pressure sprays will get water into electrical connections, bearings, etc.

  • aussiexr

Posted November 24, 2004 - 11:19 AM


Just something to check is the CDI box under the seat,the previous owner had allways degreased and pressure washed the bike.I had to regrease swingarm and headstock,renew rear master cylinder because the crud had been forced up past the boot and the degreaser had affected the alloy the piston was made out of, but the water under the seat check the connections on the box mine were covered in green vertigree which made bad contacts so clean with carby cleaner and apply electrical grease,fixed a mutitued of problems also easy to start and no surging mid range cruising.
Personal preference no pressure wash ditto simple green.

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  • mikekay

Posted November 24, 2004 - 11:33 AM


I take off all the plastic and the tank/seat. Pressure wash high pressure in some areas, fan in other areas. I am very very very carefull not to pressure wash at all where the steering stem or linkage bearings are.

I also take care with the electronics and avoid the can or plug it.

Another vote for simple green!

After i let it drip dry i hit the entire bike with WD40. Especially the carb, engine, chain bars,etc. Of course i avoid the breaks. But almost all the aluminum gets it. I then hit the plastic with a silicone enhancer. I hit the radiator hoses with a rubber protectant. 2-3 times a year i hit the scratched aluminum with 220 or finer sand paper on an orbital sander (especially the swing arm and guards) and then finish it with Mothers.

Bike has 30,000 very hard miles and looks like new. That might have something to do with the 5 engine rebuilds, 3 wheelsets, 6 fuel tanks, and countless new fenders its gotten!

  • AzMtnThumper

Posted November 24, 2004 - 11:59 PM


"Bike has 30,000 very hard miles and looks like new." Silicone enhancer??? Rubber protectant??? Sounds like it works good, can you give brand names??

  • mikekay

Posted November 25, 2004 - 03:21 PM


The rubber protectant is from my BMW F650 Dakar days...its called Gummi-Pflege and you can get it at any beemer bike great on radiator hoses, tires, rubber mounts, shine up the plastic--try hitting the scratches with 220 then 400 grit sandpaper, then brush it with a heat gun for 3-5 seconds....finish everthing with Maxima SC1 silicone detailer--available at most bike shops.

  • pigryder

Posted November 25, 2004 - 03:45 PM


I high pressure my pig all the time I also grease my bike reguarlly, I even lay it on its side to get under the tank and engine, never hurts anything...

  • AzMtnThumper

Posted November 25, 2004 - 04:51 PM


The rubber protectant is from my BMW F650 Dakar days...its called Gummi-Pflege and you can get it at any beemer bike great on radiator hoses, tires, rubber mounts, shine up the plastic--try hitting the scratches with 220 then 400 grit sandpaper, then brush it with a heat gun for 3-5 seconds....finish everthing with Maxima SC1 silicone detailer--available at most bike shops.

Thanks Mike :cry:

  • steade

Posted March 16, 2008 - 09:05 PM


I pressure wash the dirtbag every ride. No problems, spray the crap outa it everywhere without caution and shes always good to go...

  • zimak

Posted March 17, 2008 - 07:31 AM


I'm left over from high hp import cars and stay way away from pressure washers. (FI wiring harnesses dont like water)
Regular garden hose, some good small vinyl brushes, Simple Green and carb cleaner. Takes me maybe 30-45 minutes but she always shines after every weekend out.

As a fix, pull every plug and wire in the system. Clean it and liberally grease with a good dielectric lube. I love the stuff.

  • Motosprtman

Posted March 17, 2008 - 08:32 AM


I like to use just a hose and oil eater (available via costco) and dawn dish washing soap and also a sos pd for tough spots. I have pressure washed in the past to get mud off, but the bike still retains a film of dirt so I hand wash again. I have also used EZ off oven cleaner on aluminum to brighten it up and it takes off hard caked / baked on oily mudddy spots.

My project 93 XR650L has a filthy rear linkage area that I will clean with the above methods, and it wil be not brand new lookin - but fresh! and then of course re-lubricate eveything. This 93 XR6560L has zerks in it :-)

  • martinfan30

Posted March 17, 2008 - 09:01 AM


Wow, look at all these ghosts!!!

I use degreaser and the steam pressure washer here at work. Never any problems. Even on all the vehicles I service.

The only problems were on some distributor ignition vehicles. The water can get in the cap and misfire.

  • 1nstr

Posted March 17, 2008 - 09:17 AM


Yes you can pressure wash that great big hunk of metal and plastic. I have a pressure washer that I use for my heavy equiptment that can go from 100 to 7500 pounds of pressure that will (on its very lowest pressure) do a great job of washing dirt, mud, grease, and just about any material stuck on it. Heres the problem....If you hit any seals with a pressure washer make absolutely positively sure that you regrease them!!!!!! I had to buy a complete rear hub set-up from pressure washing my XR and not greasing. Now I go to Cosco and buy the industrial size container of simple green and spray all over the bike and leave on for 15 or 20 mins. Then use regular hose pressure and "wow it looks new again.....well, better anyway" Simple Green is magic when it comes to cleaning anything dirty, and smells good too. Also very important is to have your bike running when you wash it down while hot, because metal has a tendancy to distort, crack, break,(you get the pic) when cold water hits hot metal. Other posters have made great suggestions as well. buz

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