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  1. 70_mustang

    Cleaning dirt stained engine?

    Yes, but be careful. Aluminum Brightener or Mag Wheel Cleaner won't harm rubber or plastic at all. However, if your engine bolts are plated (zinc or cad), it could strip the plating off of the bolts and screws if left on too long. If you're going to replace them during your rebuild, then it's a non-issue. I used Aluminum Brightener on an engine that had stainless case bolts, and it didn't harm those at all. In fact, I found out by accident that it really cleans up stainless steel too.
  2. 70_mustang

    Cleaning dirt stained engine?

    Sure. https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/MCR1458 NAPA now calls the stuff Aluminum Brigthener. Also, here is a link to Eagle One Mag Wheel Cleaner: https://www.eagleone.com/etching-mag-wheel-cleaner Both work equally well, but the Aluminum Brightener is a bit cheaper and can be had in gallon jugs if you've got a lot to clean.
  3. 70_mustang

    Cleaning dirt stained engine?

    I've done this before on 4-strokes that were stained with acid mud from Ohio. Try Eagle One Mag Wheel Cleaner, or go to your local NAPA and buy a bottle of Aluma-Blast. They are both pretty much the same, which is an acid that will remove the stains. There's a catch though. Have a spray bottle of straight tap water ready, spray on the aluminum cleaner in a small area, let is set for no more than 30 seconds, then rinse with the water. If you leave the cleaner on much longer than that, it will turn the aluminum a dark gray, as was mentioned earlier. You can also spray on the cleaner and scrub with a green scratchy pad/nylon brush to get stains out of crevices without actually removing aluminum.
  4. 70_mustang

    Winter KLX450R rebuild

    Thanks, and I'm sure everyone else meant it as a compliment too. Haha, when I said "rode it in anger", that was meant as a joke. It's all fun to me too. I have some friends who prefer an easier pace on easier trails, and I have others who whenever they get together, the race is on. Those guys like the challenging stuff, and for me to even keep up with them, I have to bring my A-game. Our trails are mostly tight and rocky, and if the rocks don't get me, a tree limb surely will, lol. You're right, a different bike is probably in order.
  5. 70_mustang

    Winter KLX450R rebuild

    Thanks a lot! No matter how new it looks, I still can't get around the fact that it's a 2008. Nah, I don't know. What do you guys think a fair price would be? If I rode it in anger off road again, it would look exactly like you described too. That's why I'm thinking of selling it. I should start a business detailing bikes. I can't believe the number of people who've asked me "when can you do mine?", lol.
  6. 70_mustang

    Winter KLX450R rebuild

    I spent the weekend working on the bike, and finally got it finished. I got the exhaust and fuel tank mounted. I put the stock tank back on for now. Then I put the graphics on the radiator shrouds and mounted the plastic and seat. Next came the rear rack that I built. About the plastic. The UFO kit doesn't come with an airbox door. I bought a new OEM one instead. Well, the white on the UFO plastic doesn't quite match the OEM white. The UFO white is brighter than the OEM white. It's enough of a difference to notice it. I still might get OEM side panels. Because of that, I didn't put the side panel graphics on yet. The difference between the two doesn't show up in pictures well, but just know that there is a difference. I added new Zeta hand guards and a new Ricochet skid plate, and she's all done! Before anyone asks, I did remove the packing material from the kickstand before I rode it. It was cold out, but no way was I not going to take her for a break-in ride! She ran great! At first, I thought it wouldn't be a problem riding this bike for years to come, but it turned out better than I expected. I might put her up for sale while she looks new again. Decisions, decisions...
  7. 70_mustang

    Winter KLX450R rebuild

    Thanks a lot! It was a lot of work, but it was fun to do. If I ever put the TM chain block back on, I'll try your tip.
  8. 70_mustang

    Winter KLX450R rebuild

    That rack was a PITA to build. Every bend had to be tweaked to get it to fit without touching anything else. I'm afraid it's a one-of-a-kind. Sorry. I should have built a bunch of them, because I've been asked repeatedly to build another one.
  9. 70_mustang

    Winter KLX450R rebuild

    I built that myself. You can see the build pictures here: http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/888398-cargo-racks-pmb-and-or-others/?p=9255865 Wow, that feels like so long ago, lol.
  10. 70_mustang

    Winter KLX450R rebuild

    Agreed, a green slider and chain guide would look good. If you look at the first picture I posted of the bike before this project, you'll see that I had a black TM-Designs Slide-N-Glude kit on it. Like I said though, it worked too well and was grinding the bottom of my chains down to the rollers. It became a problem with clip-type master links because the clip would get worn down to nothing. I was running the expensive DID VT2 chains too. I don't know, maybe I just have bad luck.
  11. 70_mustang

    Winter KLX450R rebuild

    Next, I mounted the radiators and coolant plumbing. And then it became a roller! I found out by accident that NAPA Aluminum Brightener will also take the brown color off of stainless steel that's been heated. I sat the head pipe down on a rag that was soaked with the stuff, and 5 minutes later it was bright and shiny. Well, I decided to go with it. I realize that as soon as the exhaust gets hot, it's going to turn color again. At least it looked new again for a little while. And this is where the bike is at right now. I plan to have it all together and running this weekend. Stay tuned...
  12. 70_mustang

    Winter KLX450R rebuild

    With the engine together, I mounted the carb, rear suspension, and the subframe. The rear shock spring is a Race Tech spring for my weight that I had powder coated. Next I tackled the wiring, and all of the parts that the wiring connects. The extra wiring that you'll see in some of the pictures is for the Baja Designs dual sport kit. I also got a new UFO plastic kit for the bike off of fleabay. The new rear fender had to be drilled for the taillight and plate mount. That is what the bolts are for on the rear fender. The rear fender is for a KX450F and doesn't have the LED taillight, which makes mounting the under-fender taillight possible. The UFO plastic seems every bit as good as the OEM stuff.
  13. 70_mustang

    Winter KLX450R rebuild

    Yeah, I'm struggling with that now myself, lol.
  14. 70_mustang

    Winter KLX450R rebuild

    Yes, I went with the stock bore and stock compression ratio. I never had a problem with the power this bike puts out, so this was a maintenance rebuild rather than for performance.
  15. 70_mustang

    Winter KLX450R rebuild

    Thanks a lot guys! This has been a fun project for me.
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