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Polished the header!

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Inspired by the other members who have polished their stock headers, I decided to try it for myself today since I had the day off of work. I picked up some 5-packs of 320, 600, and 1500 wet sandpaper, a wire sheel (3", fine), and some metal polish (Noxon 7). I used the wire wheel to strip off the heavy paint. It came off pretty easily and there was dust everywhere. I tried to keep it even, but it was tough. Since the wheel was fine and not coarse, though, it wasn't too bad.

Once the wire wheel cleaning was done, I moved on to the sand paper game. I laid the sheets out horizontally and cut them into strips about 1/2" to 1" wide. Placed the pipe in the vice with a rag around it so as to not scuff it up and began to sand away. I just held the strips by the ends and kinda "flossed" them around the pipe. It took about 3 sheets worth of sandpaper to do everything.

After I was done with the 320 sandpaper, I air cleaned the pipe, then wiped off any excess dust. Next it was on to the 600 sandpaper for the same process. Then after that, the 1500 sandpaper. The 2 mounts for the heat shield were kinda tricky to get around, but since they're hidden, I didn't really do them perfectly.

Once all of the sanding was done, I just used the Noxon and polished it up by hand. A buffing wheel would've probably made it look even nicer, but I'm happy with the results. The whole process took a few hours, and I think the results are worth the work. Check it out.

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Very nice work!!:lame::bonk:

I was thinking about doing the same thing with my stocker but it was just rusted everywhere. In the end I coughed up the $$ for the FMF pipe which is nice, but definitely not $150 nicer than yours!

Please let us know how it holds up.

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/\ Will do. I only ride street so it won't get the "full" mud workout, but it will still see plenty of action. I'm sure it will discolor a bit and that's fine with me.

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The discoloring is completely normal, my FMF header color has turned from silver into more of a golden shine now.

The weird stick about my stock "stainless" one is that it was rusted all over, not only in the spots that get dirty when you ride offroad.

You might want to consider a high heat clear coat (Duplicolor makes one) that is good for headers. I used it on my side stand that got a similar wire-brush treatment and it is holding up surprisingly well even though the bike get ridden and parked in any weather.

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I think the Duplicolor high heat clear coats only go up to 600 degrees. They have a few 1200 degree paints, but no clear coats that I've found in the local auto stores. No bother though, I'll see how the pipe holds up as is. Maybe I'll borrow a buffing wheel and make it REALLY shine!

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That looks awesome, it will look even sexier when it turns that nice gold color. I have a Pro-Circuit Header on my DR250 now i wish i woulda just done that :lame:

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do it right:

http://www.performancecoatings.com/headercoatings.html

I think the Duplicolor high heat clear coats only go up to 600 degrees. They have a few 1200 degree paints, but no clear coats that I've found in the local auto stores. No bother though, I'll see how the pipe holds up as is. Maybe I'll borrow a buffing wheel and make it REALLY shine!

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Thanks Guys! I rode into work today and the pipe is now starting to get that nice golden hue to it. Looks great! I'll give it a few rides and the post some follow up pics. Seriously, anyone looking for a cheap, easy mod, this is the way to go.

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Without a coating on there is it going to rust? You can't really keep polishing it unless you take it off...right? And I think the heat would speed up the rusting process as well. Anyway...I'm just interested to see how it worked out. If its still nice...I might do it too.

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Without a coating on there is it going to rust? You can't really keep polishing it unless you take it off...right? And I think the heat would speed up the rusting process as well. Anyway...I'm just interested to see how it worked out. If its still nice...I might do it too.

it's stainless so it won't rust.

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it's stainless so it won't rust.

Yeah, right. Did you see the picture I posted on the first page?

It know it's supposed to be stainless but all the ones that I have seen that get ridden off road are rusty.

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