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Rusty spokes

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bosco659, Nov 23, 2020.

  1. bosco659

    bosco659 XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Didn’t spend a ton of time on the wheel but here’s the result. Pictures make it look better than it actually is, but ok for an enduro bike. Used 0000 steel wool then Autosol metal polish. Will try other suggestions on the back wheel that’s in rougher shape.

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    rbt1548, Mailman, Rasputin and 3 others like this.
  2. Grimly

    Grimly XS650 Addict Top Contributor

    That's come up really well.
    All this talk of spokes is giving me shudders, when I recall what a pain in the ass they were to keep clean and rust-free in the winter with salty roads.
    I'd quite forgotten, as I've had mag wheels for the past 30 years. Can't say I miss the spokes at all, nice though they are to look at.
  3. bosco659

    bosco659 XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Had a go at the rear wheel. It was in worse shape. 0000 steel wool; dremel tool with a wire brush; Autosol polish using a narrow Velcro strap and many minutes later looked not bad. More to do but done for the day. Before and after pics below.

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  4. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Tire,Tube, Sprocket.. looks like its time to polish spokes too..
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  5. bosco659

    bosco659 XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    May be easier with the wheel off of the bike. It was a pita on the sprocket side. Worth the effort tho. Concerned how quickly they may rust once ridden. I;l finf out in the springtime.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2020

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