2005+ YZ Frame Clean and Resto?

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4/12/2018 8:35 AM

Got a 2005 YZ125 with some frame tarnish around the pegs and Y, and have not been able to clean it up yet.

So far, I've tried many times with scotchbrite. I've probably washed the bike ten times since framing it, and each time, I hit those areas again and again with the scotchbrite/pot scouring pads.

Most of the cases and frame have cleaned up pretty nicely, but there are a few dark spots where the aluminum is a darker grey than everywhere else.

Any suggestions?

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KTM250SX YZ125 YZ85 PW80 ZX6 FZX700

4/12/2018 10:02 AM

Eagle 1 mag wheel cleaner will get a lot of that dark stuff. I usually use a paint brush in the tight spots.

Cameron Niemela has a FANTASTIC youtube channel that has a ton of aluminum cleaning tutorials. He basically walks through it and the results are reallly good

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4/12/2018 1:59 PM

Subscribed to Cam's channel, thanks!

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KTM250SX YZ125 YZ85 PW80 ZX6 FZX700

4/12/2018 3:44 PM

Mother’s is a good product as well. You can use a wire wheel or use just a rag and elbow grease and it will come out nice, but not shiny if you know what I mean.

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4/12/2018 3:50 PM

TrailDigger wrote:

Mother’s is a good product as well. You can use a wire wheel or use just a rag and elbow grease and it will come out nice, but not shiny if you know what I mean.

Which Mother's product?
Polish or mag wheel cleaner or ...

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KTM250SX YZ125 YZ85 PW80 ZX6 FZX700

4/12/2018 5:16 PM

TrailDigger wrote:

Mother’s is a good product as well. You can use a wire wheel or use just a rag and elbow grease and it will come out nice, but not shiny if you know what I mean.

YZed250 wrote:

Which Mother's product?
Polish or mag wheel cleaner or ...

Mag wheel cleaner, sorry, shoulda specified.

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4/13/2018 10:10 AM

Do I need to be concerned about etching of the plated parts near the aluminum? I'm thinking about the mag wheel cleaner stripping the nickel/chrome coating off my pipe, if I spill some off the Y, by accident.

Also, the footpeg pins and springs are all plated, and I need to cleanup the frame in that area too.

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KTM250SX YZ125 YZ85 PW80 ZX6 FZX700

4/13/2018 10:22 AM

Id take anything off you dont want it to get onto.

Ive never had an issue with it on my motor(gaskets included), any plastic or rubber.

Never gotten any on anodizing or plated parts. So idk what happens. Id assume it would mess up the finish.

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4/13/2018 1:48 PM

kb228 wrote:

Id take anything off you dont want it to get onto.

Ive never had an issue with it on my motor(gaskets included), any plastic or rubber.

Never gotten any on anodizing or plated parts. So idk what happens. Id assume it would mess up the finish.

Ok, thank you!

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KTM250SX YZ125 YZ85 PW80 ZX6 FZX700

4/13/2018 9:59 PM

Read the label carefully. I know Meguiars has three different levels of wheel cleaners with three different strengths and intended uses.

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