another perfectly good motorcycle ruined.......

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

remember the two brembo's i picked up a couple of weeks ago?, well, here they are after a bit of treatment, the gold anodising was shot on both calipers, when i cleaned them up they were both showing signs of corrosion where water and salt had worn away the anodising, to get them stripped profesionally is an expensive option so i turned to the time-honoured method of using a well-known household product to strip the shitty gold finish off them, yeah, it's true, mr muscle oven cleaner will strip it off, get some newspaper on your bench, a pair of rubber gloves and an old toothbrush, liberally spray the mr muscle onto the parts and leave for twenty minutes, give it another spray and get to work with the toothbrush, it isn't easy but if you have the patience you can get good results, the bare aluminium goes black due to the chemical in the cleaner, get your drill out and stick a copper wire brush in the chuck and off comes the black residue, a bit of wet and dry, [just on the raised brembo casting] and a quick rub with scotchbrite and they look like new, the pads in the four-pot, four-pad front caliper just needed a quick glaze busting with 320 grit wet and dry to go again but the cagiva pads in the rear caliper are shagged so need replacing, dug a stainless bleed nipple out of my stock and change the caliper body bolts for stainless and they will look the business.