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    It still needs to be properly polished, just been sanded / autosolled so far. Sanding the machine grooves out is the most time consuming - it took about 20 minutes to smooth the rims out for polishing after about 5 hours of sanding with 320, my thumb and index finger are shagged! I ground the writing off of the spokes and painted the inners with black gloss. Good thing I had nothin better to do on nightshift
    cumbaya sparky!


  • #2
    10 out of 10 for determination,thats hard work.
    look great

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    • #3
      Looks sweet, but what a bitch to keep clean... Keep up the hard (I mean good) work
      Just a few mods:

      Silver, the fastest color!

      On the inside - HID type bulbs, K&N filter, Iridium ix plugs, 16T front sprocket, Coerce billet sprocket cover, Yosh re-map +5, +5, +5 11 o'clock, Scorpio SE-i500 system from my GB and an ATRE.

      On the outside - TLR forks, front carbon fender, 5/8th master brake cylinder, black SS brake lines (frnt & rear), braking waves all around with Ti bolts, Brembo gold front calipers & a busa gold rear caliper, flush mount signals (frnt & rear), ZG DB scr

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      • #4
        Nice work looks
        Originally posted by TLCURT
        Because TL's fucking rock.

        It's a cult thing...to own one is to love one.

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        • #5
          looks great ..........what did you use to paint it black? i know it was paint, but what kind.
          2002 TLR B/W . Yoshimura bolt on Titanium cans. Yosh box remap. Joe V airbox mod. plug in TRE. 17/41 sprockets. Zero Gravity double bubble screen. fan switch. HyperPro steering damper. Extreme Graphic Top Gun undertail. Ohlins rear shock.

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          • #6
            yeah, what he said. i was thinking of doing the same, and using the engine enamel to paint the spokes. that is some tough stuff (hopefully durable enough for paint....)

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            • #7
              That took some effort! I can't believe you're going to do the front too

              Great job, I always noticed that writing on the rims
              TLOTM:
              May 2003
              August 2004

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              • #8
                I put it on the bike this morning, I'm not sold on how it looks - I might just paint em both all black yet! i'll wait for a bit and see if it grows on me...the cleaning bit has me worried too. I think once they're polished right up they'll be harder to keep clean, but easier to clean, if you know what I mean While they're still a bit flat I think they'll hold crap a bit more - might look into some clear coat too, will have to nice and strong tho!!! The black I used was - wait for it - a rust protector! On the back of the can it explains that it is formulated to bond directly to metals without the use of primer, and it specifically lists aluminium. I used a crap paint stripper that only really managed to take the top layer off the original paint, but after prepping left a nice porous base to paint on. I think if all the paint was removed the sanding job would have been alot easier. i have give the paint a good blast with a pressure cleaner and none came off, but I'll have to see how it goes on the road, but I find most of the rocks and crap hit the outers and not usually the spokes. Time will tell
                cumbaya sparky!

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                • #9


                  I'd like to see a pic of it on the bike, as I'm thinking of doing the same, either polished lip with black or polish the whole thing.

                  looks good
                  2006 749 Ducati and a 1998 TLR-1000 track bike

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                  • #10
                    I like the look of polished rims. Not so blingy like chromed rims. Plus, after seeing cracked rims on an R1 after getting them chromed, I just don't think it is safe. If your worried about maintenace, buff the wheels real good, and coat them with some clear coat. No more maintence.
                    '97 TLS --SOLD

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                    • #11
                      that looks sweet jezz, i'd recommend using 1200 like what i did to finish it off. then hit it with autosol i dont recommend putting a clear coat on top of it cause it will make it look dull

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                      • #12
                        I know a guy who polished his back wheel with it on a stand. He puts it in 6th gear,lets it idle, and uses the sandpaper like a lathe and works his way down to a fine grit. It looks like chrome when he is done. He is making a stand for the front that runs off an electric motor to spin in. He said to be careful on the sprocket side if you like keeping all your body parts
                        Everyone dies but not everyone lives

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                        • #13
                          hey there mista eddie! if you put your avitar as the back of your bike everyone will know who ya are righto heres a piccy on the bike! I took so many good pics today! If ya wanna see em they're in the members gallery I used 1200 but I probably didn't sand as much as I could have... might just borrow your mates idea there Stabber... between that and the guy across the road having a bench grinder/buffer (I never could understand why you would want to grind your bench...) I should end up with some super shiny rims!
                          jezza
                          has a new toy!
                          Last edited by jezza; 10-13-2003, 08:53 AM.
                          cumbaya sparky!

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                          • #14
                            is that better now jezz? it took me a while to shrink my photo to fit in the avitar anyway, nice touch on the rear tyre

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                            • #15
                              welcome to the planet eddii

                              that sure is a nice looking exhaust on your tiller

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