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    Started the disassembly last night - Deep Clean and Detail

    I spent some time last night taking the bike apart.

    I still need to remove the tank, front fender, front lower fairings, air intake, and the gap filler on the rear. There is a piece on each side of the rear fender that i'd like to take off to further expose the rear fender, but I'd have to remove the exhaust and I'd prefer not to do that. I don't plan on removing the rear fender or the wheels either.

    Once it's done, I'll go after the carcass of the bike and make it as clean as I can. No need for a hose. I'll do it all with spray bottles and MF towels. Then each removed piece will be cleaned, corrected, and reattached.

    I'm excited to finally start this project. I really appreciate all the help and advice folks here have generously offered. After I clean, but before I correct, I'll take detailed pics so I can share some before and after pics.

    Wish me luck guys.

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    Re: Started the disassembly last night - Deep Clean and Detail

    CB, Good to see you over here. Lots of great info and helpful people here.

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    Re: Started the disassembly last night - Deep Clean and Detail

    You're even crazier than me LOL.

    The only things I remove when detailing my bike are the saddle bags and the side covers. Everything else is done in-place.

    My wheels and tires get the full-treatment anytime they are off the bike for whatever reason, but just get the wipe-down treatments in between.

    Have Fun!!!

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    Re: Started the disassembly last night - Deep Clean and Detail

    Quote Originally Posted by eaglefan View Post
    CB, Good to see you over here. Lots of great info and helpful people here.
    ok dude....this is all your fault

    before you sent me here, I asked a simple question asking for a product recommendation

    that was about 6-7 weeks ago, ya kinda talked me into polishing, and when I realized I could pull it off, well, i got another one, and a bunch of potions, lotions, and creams and pads....and some chemicals, and a crap ton of different towels, of course you can see I needed a place to put it all, hence the cart

    you could have just told me to s-100 and harley gloss it

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    Re: Started the disassembly last night - Deep Clean and Detail

    Quote Originally Posted by 2black1s View Post
    You're even crazier than me LOL.

    The only things I remove when detailing my bike are the saddle bags and the side covers. Everything else is done in-place.

    My wheels and tires get the full-treatment anytime they are off the bike for whatever reason, but just get the wipe-down treatments in between.

    Have Fun!!!
    I've been looking at crazy in the rear view mirror for a while now.

    Each piece will be polished to perfection, and refastened with white glove treatment. Once I'm done, I'll stand back, enjoy it for a few minutes, take a bunch of pictures.....and then go see how well the bugs slide off of the new sealant. It'll get ridden. It's cool to look at, but even more fun for a cannonball into the wind. Wife and I are heading to SD in May. A long trip like that really does a number on my sled.

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    Re: Started the disassembly last night - Deep Clean and Detail

    Quote Originally Posted by CaffeineBuzz View Post
    ok dude....this is all your fault

    before you sent me here, I asked a simple question asking for a product recommendation

    that was about 6-7 weeks ago, ya kinda talked me into polishing, and when I realized I could pull it off, well, i got another one, and a bunch of potions, lotions, and creams and pads....and some chemicals, and a crap ton of different towels, of course you can see I needed a place to put it all, hence the cart

    you could have just told me to s-100 and harley gloss it
    Dont know if I should say sorry or you can thank me!
    Have fun no matter what. Also, be thankful your's isn't the dreaded vivid black think mine. It is a huge pain to keep it how I want it

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    Re: Started the disassembly last night - Deep Clean and Detail

    Quote Originally Posted by eaglefan View Post
    Dont know if I should say sorry or you can thank me!
    Have fun no matter what. Also, be thankful your's isn't the dreaded vivid black think mine. It is a huge pain to keep it how I want it
    thank you, my friend, i wouldn't be here if you hadn't suggested I step it up a bit

    I got the tank off, took out the spacers and extension on the rear fender, got the lowers fairings detached from the crash bar last night, but not completely, it's a pita to disassemble the wet head lowers, front fender comes off tonight

    then it's up on the lift, I plan on starting with the tires

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    Re: Started the disassembly last night - Deep Clean and Detail

    Good deal! Keep us posted. Be ready for the "I use pledge and the paint looks great" remarks.

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    Re: Started the disassembly last night - Deep Clean and Detail

    Quote Originally Posted by eaglefan View Post
    Good deal! Keep us posted. Be ready for the "I use pledge and the paint looks great" remarks.
    I was able to get the rest of the bike taken apart, only thing left was the rear fender which I didn't want to try and remove.

    The bike is almost ready for me to start putting some parts back on. The wheels are done. The glossy painted parts of the engine and transmission have all been cleaned, clayed, hand polished and sealed. All of the chrome is polished. I even cleaned, clay barred, hand polished, and sealed the frame. I'll have pics soon. As well, I've used a combination of damp cloths, cotton swabs, and time and patience to clean out the battery area, the inside of the upper fairing, as well as both of the side service areas that are covered by the side covers.

    I have a bit more plastic to clean and seal up before I start returning parts to the bike. As well, I want to address some messy wiring in the side service areas and see if I can clean up the fairing wiring a bit. I'm not talking about wiping down each wire, I've already done that, I'm talking about rerouting some wires and zip tying to make them look neater.

    I've heard of guys using Pledge.

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    Re: Started the disassembly last night - Deep Clean and Detail

    going on day 11....still not done

    done so far:

    • dismantled bike
    • washed, decon, and clayed nearly every part
    • cleaned wiring, electronics, internal amp for the radio, and various connections and components in the fairing, both side access areas to the batter, and down in the battery area
    • washed, clayed, polished and sealed the frame
    • washed, hand polished, and sealed the inner upper fairing
    • washed, clayed, hand polished, sealed lower fairing
    • washed, and washed, and washed, wheels, clay barred, hand polished, and sealed wheels
    • washed, clay barred, machine polished, sealed lower fairing caps
    • washed, hand polished, and sealed front and rear crash bars
    • washed, clayed, and both hand and machine polished and sealed the rear fender extension and gap filler
    • washed, clayed, machine polished the side panels
    • rerouted wiring and cleaned up camera wiring


    still need to:

    • clay bar, machine polish, seal the gas tank
    • wash, clay bar, machine polish, and seal the fairing
    • clean and seal the windshield
    • wash, clay, machine polish the front fender
    • wash, clay, machine polish, and seal the saddle bags
    • remove back rest and luggage rack from tour pack, wash, clay, machine polish, and seal this as well


    so far, the most tedious part was about 2 hours spent on my back cleaning, wiping, checking, recleaning, rechecking the underneath of the bike, the wheels were a real challenge as well, but it helped to clean them on a lift where they could be spun for easier cleaning....I'm starting to get some delam on the chrome on my wheels ....when clean this deep, you find 'stuff'

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