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    Cleaning up my filthy rear

    So my front end is off getting painted..... and I'd like to clean up the polished rear end a bit.

    I presume it's clear anodized to prevent corrosion, so I'm hesitant to take simichrome or polishing compound to it. Anything else that I can do besides give it a thorough scrubbing with soap & water?

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    FM, when I first got my RFX from Miles E, I took an ultra fine scotchbrite pad to the rear triangle. It did a great job of bringing back the shine to the aluminum, without being too abrasive. I used the 3M brand, ultra fine, #7448. It's a grey colored pad. Not that 3M is magical, just so you can compare that grit of scotchbrite to other manufacturers.
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    thanks renegade!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM
    I presume it's clear anodized to prevent corrosion, so I'm hesitant to take simichrome or polishing compound to it. Anything else that I can do besides give it a thorough scrubbing with soap & water?
    From what I understand, the classic RFX rears are just polished Aluminum where the new RFX and Pack are clear anodized.

    I dremel polishing wheel and some Mother's Billet polish will do wonders as will Nevr-dull and elbow grease.
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    I am pretty sure it's anodized- raw aluminum would corrode, correct?



    Quote Originally Posted by SSINGA
    From what I understand, the classic RFX rears are just polished Aluminum where the new RFX and Pack are clear anodized.

    I dremel polishing wheel and some Mother's Billet polish will do wonders as will Nevr-dull and elbow grease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM
    I am pretty sure it's anodized- raw aluminum would corrode, correct?
    The rears on my 02 XCE and my friends RFX are just polished aluminum.
    Nothing to see here.

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    I think AL is naturally pretty corrosion resistent, as long as its not sitting out in the elements all the time and such. I've had raw AL after I stripped and polished them down and it just get cloudy, but when you polish the couldy crap off its kinda gray. Don't know if that's corrosion or just some mild oxidation.

    I've stripped and polished a few frames and to get everything mirror shiny I just used steel wool and wet sanded, moving from fine (00) to the super fine (0000). Then just use the AL polish and buff it off. I used a sheep-skin looking buff wheel on my drill for a final buffing and it came out all nice and shiny.

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    this stuff works...

    you can get this at any auto-parts/walneck store. It works awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoBiker
    you can get this at any auto-parts/walneck store. It works awesome.
    Looks like the mothers can help me with my filthy rear end.

    Thanks for the help guys, I really appreciate it!

    I will definately post the details & pics of my upcoming RFX make-over....

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    i used it...

    on my 02 XCE after 3 years of hard labor and it cleaned up really nice. You wont believe the black crap that comes off of the tail.

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    if nuthin else this gets my "thread title of the year" award. the mothers should work well. i hear it said that usin a clean cotton diaper gives the best result but that may be just too weird for yer dirty rear.
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    "CLEANING MY FILTHY REAR"
    Huh what did he say?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE,
    "CLEANING MY FILTHY REAR"
    Huh what did he say?
    Well it may be filthy, but at least my rear is still tight after two years of late nights in the woods.

    And to think I rarely shower when I get home!

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    oh thats just wrong. im cancellin my subscription. can i have my money back now?
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    Ohhh I'm sure....

    Quote Originally Posted by FM
    Well it may be filthy, but at least my rear is still tight after two years of late nights in the woods.

    And to think I rarely shower when I get home!

    Oooh i'm sure having 5 to 6" in the rear don't help!

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    Something else to try is a product called Flitz. This stuff has worked well for me in the past.

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