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Hey guys, 1st post here. Really glad to have found this forum. Anyway, hope this isn't too dumb of a question for my 1st post.

Just got a 2004 VTX 1800 C last Monday. Traded in my 2002 750 ACE. I am completely in love with this bike. I have rims on this bike, not spokes. I noticed the rims looked a little, ummmm, dusty, when I drive the bike home. Figured they just needed a washing. Upon close inspection, there seems to be white residue on the rims, and washing them does not take it off.

My question is, does anyone know if these rims are clear coated, or are they just aluminum, and the white I see is pitting? If they are clear coated, what can i do to remedy this situation and get them clean and shiny?

I am seriously considering taking the bike back and making the dealer fix this problem. I mean its a brand new bike with tarnished rims I can't seem to clean. But if there is something I can do to resolve this, I will.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is the 2004 VTX 1800 C, not the Retro.
 

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Lot's of elbow grease and lots of time. I would take it back and make them polish them up. Mothers aluminum polish, Wenol, something like that to clean that junk off. 8)
 

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Lot's of elbow grease and lots of time. I would take it back and make them polish them up. Mothers aluminum polish, Wenol, something like that to clean that junk off. 8)
So there is no clear coat on them? Because aluminum polish would be no good on clear coated rims correct? Sorry, I am a real newbie to this stuff. Want to make sure I know what I am talking about if I take it back. Just can't find anywhere listed whther the rims that come on the 1800 C are clear coated or not.
 

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I went to a local truck stop, got the industrial size Mothers can, and some polishing pieces to put in my drill. The 2" flat and the cone shaped ones work really good on the rims. Just takes some time and don't get the chuck on the drill too close!!!
 

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Yep, just called them, once you guys informed me they were not clear coated. The service manager told me it indeed is a common problem, and to drop the bike off for a day and he will fix them. SO I am dropping it off tonight for him to do tomorrow (expecting bad weather the next few days, so I am lucking out). So I am happy as long as they do a good job.

Now my next dilema is all the cool new ideas running through my head to customize my baby. And its ALL THIS FORUM'S FAULT. I been reading it all day. You guys are AWESOME.

Now to figure out where all the money will come from for my windsheild, lowers, grips, light bar, foot boards, seats, backrests, etc......

You guys rule. I am very glad I found this site. :) :) :)
 

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Welcome

Welcome aboard! I am new to this site as well, although I have had my X now for about two years. There's alot of great advice here, so start saving up to accessorize! :p
 

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Welcome to the board!
Bookmark this website, http://tech.vtxoa.com This is the sister site to this message board and contains all your How-to/Tips/Tricks/Why’s and links to other helpful sites for your new VTX.
There is also a helpful red Search icon at the top of every page(not the Google search). Enter your item to be searched in the "Search Query" section and click the "Search for all terms" bullet under the query. Then go to the "Search Options" section and choose a board from the "Forum" drop down menu. This will limit the results to your search so you won't get pages of "Fluff" .

The pupose of the "Search" is to offer a member the opportunity to research his/her question better. There is so much information from past threads that you may never see because that member is no longer here, or doesn't see your new post, or just won't respond to the same question. So use it to your advantage and enjoy the board! View this funny and informative film about posting and searching…
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Also, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the forum. At the top of every board there are threads that are tagged as "Sticky" These threads are "Sticky" because they contain very important/valuable information about the VTX and everyone should read them.
The thread at the top of the 1800 tech board called, "Air, Fuel, Motors..." will answer most of the performance questions...
http://www.vtxoa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=28918

Also, update your Profile to include what type X you have to your Signature line. I.E. 1300/1800/C/F/N/R/S.
 
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