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  • Polishing rims - the lip or the whole thing

    Polishing rims, what should I polish the whole thing or just the lip. What have other people done in the past. PICS PLEASE

    As for the polishing is a pain debate, My misses is on the other side of the country, my TLR is now in the Family room.

    And I have to do some thing, with my hand.

    Also the swing arm, I was thinking of polishing up to the weld lines (closest to the engine) then painting the hard to reach parts black.


    cheers
    2006 749 Ducati and a 1998 TLR-1000 track bike

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    Lip polishing is MUCH easier, and I think better looking than the whole thing, IMO. Plus you can change the spoke color until you find one you really like.
    -Randy

    Whoever said the best things in life are free, obviously never owned a motorcycle.

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    • #3
      at the moment my rims are white, so I'd pobably paint the spokes black if I was to just do the lips
      2006 749 Ducati and a 1998 TLR-1000 track bike

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      • #4
        black with polished lips looks nice. did this to my R6 and will do it to the TL soon

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        • #5
          Yeah, I really like the polished lips. I'm going to do it to a spare set of rims I've got with red centres like BrUiRcNeR and Tornado waves.

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          • #6
            Had polished wheels and swinger on my B12, pain in the ass to keep clean, esp if you ride. My advice would be just the edges...
            The Weaver bird has little brain, it weaves about from lane to lane... that'd be me then...

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            • #7
              i was considering black spokes and polished outers...my cousin did this on his R1 ...looked pretty nice
              "Sorry Officer ! I thought you wanted to race"

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              • #8


                definately lip only. Black spokes
                TLOTM:
                May 2003
                August 2004

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                • #9
                  Im not a fan of polished lips... sorta looks like you just couldn't be bothered doing the whole rim

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DaRKoN_
                    Im not a fan of polished lips... sorta looks like you just couldn't be bothered doing the whole rim
                    I disagree... looks if done right
                    The Weaver bird has little brain, it weaves about from lane to lane... that'd be me then...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DaRKoN_
                      Im not a fan of polished lips... sorta looks like you just couldn't be bothered doing the whole rim
                      Do you have any photos
                      2006 749 Ducati and a 1998 TLR-1000 track bike

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                      • #12
                        I did my back and will do the front probably this weekend. All I did is mask off the spokes and the tire and paint on the aircraft stripper and it melted right off. I then used a rag and fine steel wool to just wipe them down. The pics here are right after I did them and I didnt clean them real good yet. You can also polish them even further to make them look like chrome if you want
                        Everyone dies but not everyone lives

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                        • #13
                          Nutterin
                          Everyone dies but not everyone lives

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                          • #14
                            One more what the hell. These pics where taken inside at night with low light and no flash. If you want I can take a good pic in the sun so can see how shiny they are
                            Everyone dies but not everyone lives

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                            • #15
                              Do the lips only and paint the spokes a bright color if you wanna show off your rotors etc. Polished spokes are difficult to do and looks kinda ricy IMHO. What color is your bike Marshall?





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