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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-07-2012, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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What's the best Product to clean the spokes?

I had the wheels off replacing the tires, and figured I would clean the rims really good. While the rims came pretty clean I was unable to get the spokes cleaned like I want. I tried several wheels cleaners and degreasers but nothing seemed to touch it! Any advice? A friend mention something about a lace luster??? Or something like that, but I never heard of such.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-08-2012, 12:49 AM
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NOTHING!

Seriously Nothing Works, Because they are Nickle Plated Pieces of ****! Just like the ones on my ' 05VTX and the same on my '04 HD Springer Softail. Really pisses me off! Haven't tried Lace Luster, looks like expensive shoe laces and polish. J&P, Cruizer Customizing sell the stuff. For some improvement you can use brasso or chrome polish with shoe laces and green scotch bright pads and about two cases of beer or your favorite beverage, cause that's how long it will take. Secondly, you need to be careful not polish to much or you'll be down to the steel and then rust will appear.
Oh, by the way if you live in the south with much humidity, they tarnish before you get the bike out of the shed.

So, I've said to hell with it! I'd rather ride!

Maybe someday I'll learn how to respoke with chrome or win the lotto and have someone else respoke my wheels.
Till then, they'll look like ****. I still feel spokes are for motorcycles, mags are for cars..........just saying

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Go with the luster lace. Been using it for years. Get the sealer which can be used on paint and does a great job.
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Just did mine recently as i had the front off for a new tire. I took the bulk of it off with brake clean and a rag. The remainder with windex and a rag. Looks great, but they get covered up in break dust fairly quickly. Ill be cleaning them out again before we ride to the inlaws for easter today. On a positive note, thats my favorite thing about the retro fenders, the front wheel isnt as visible because half of its covered, the rear wheel isnt visible at all between the fender and the saddlebags.

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Can say if this works or not but a local rider uses scrubbing bubbles and said it worked pretty good. Love the look of spokes but hate cleaning them

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Can say if this works or not but a local rider uses scrubbing bubbles and said it worked pretty good. Love the look of spokes but hate cleaning them
Ive tried scrubbing bubbles too, as well as simple green. So far best results for ME have been brake clean followed by windex.

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SS wool and a dremel tool. Brass brush is not too bad either.

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I use Greased Lightning (kitchen cleaner) and a good spoke brush.


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I use Greased Lightning (kitchen cleaner) and a good spoke brush.


+1.....

All I have ever used. Works fast and easy. Cleans the tires as well.

Wet the tires really well.....spray it on.....wait about 30 seconds....go over it with a tire bristle brush.....hose off. Just dont let it dry on either the wheel or tire.

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I tried several different products and methods on my wife's Shadow, and determined the effort wasn't relative to the results and said screw this after doing the front. Did the rear with some spray-on wheel cleaner and hosed it off. Couldn't tell I spent an hour on the front one. The rims, however do respond well to chrome polish.
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