View Full Version : I've polished my swingarm...
06-16-2003, 06:40 AM
I've been busy... 10 hours on Saturday to polish both sides of the swingarm.
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<img src="http://www.smartgroups.co.uk/picvault/14695626.jpg/polished.jpg" style="border:0;"/>
<img src="http://www.smartgroups.co.uk/picvault/14695642.jpg/polished1.jpg" style="border:0;"/>
I was knackered after that so Sunday was a day in front of the TV watching the MotoGP. Today looking at the swingarm I can see areas I need to go over again, so still a work in progress.
I've polished the levers and span adjusters and various other ally bits, I'll go over the swingarm again before I tackle the frame...
06-16-2003, 06:49 AM
I would be awfully careful about your rear tire and your swingarm. I can see you have your adjusters all the way in. There appears to be very little clearance. I would get a longer chain. At real high speeds your tire may expand and rub on that swingarm. That is quite close. Also if you pick up a big stone in the grooves of your tire it could wedge in there and create a big problem.
06-16-2003, 06:58 AM
Thanks for the tip...
I'm running 16 - 44 gearing and I did buy a longer DID gold chain... but made a mistake with the number of extra links to remove! so yes the 180-55 tyre is close to the swingarm.
06-16-2003, 06:58 AM
looks real nice, what did you use to polish it?
06-16-2003, 07:02 AM
I have ordered an air grinder and polishing mops, but they have not arrived as yet!
So I used a drill and a 3M Scotch-brite pad to remove the anodising and the two round dimple-weld marks. Then by hand used wet and dry paper starting with 240 grade then 400, 800, 1200, 1500 and finally a quick rubb with a metal polish called Autosolve.
I've also polished the clutch and brake levers and the span adjusters :eek: they now look as though they have been chromed :D
06-16-2003, 07:03 AM
I like the "Aprilia" in red too...
06-16-2003, 07:10 AM
Thanks Splat :D
I went to a toy model store and bought a small tin of red enamel paint and a very fine paint brush...
06-16-2003, 11:13 AM
Don't let the Gixxer boys know that you're doing this :D
06-16-2003, 12:31 PM
Over here in the UK it tends to be the Yamaha R1's that get customised not the Gixxer's :rollin:
06-16-2003, 08:10 PM
Man I know what you mean. I didn't the frame on my VFR once. It took days, maybe even weeks! :lol:
It looked cool ....... but my finger prints were sanded off of my finger tips! :(
06-18-2003, 06:14 PM
Hi Angelo, was wondering where did you get your rear disc from looks pretty cool, and how much was it??
06-19-2003, 01:36 AM
I bought it here in the UK from NWS Tel No. 01992 501285 or web site <a href="http://www.n-w-s.com" target="top">www.n-w-s.com</a> It's a wavy rear disc made by Braking.
06-19-2003, 01:39 AM
Sweet thanks mate!
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